What I Sometimes Wish that Someone Would Say to Me in the Third Trimester

Every time I have a newborn, someone inevitably tells me the following: "If all you do today is feed your baby and tend to your children's basic needs, then you have done a great job!" I always smile and love this reminder that life can be very simple in the first few weeks of a baby's life. It makes me feel like it's okay if I don't get to that project that is looming, or if my house is a bit untidy, or if I take a quick nap at 9 a.m. when I am absolutely exhausted.Now, I just need someone … [Read more...]

St. John Paul II on Everyday Life

Do you ever go through periods of time when your schedule is so carefully crafted that any unforeseen obstacle threatens to throw everything out of balance? Most of us can probably answer this question with a resounding "yes!", and some of us might even be feeling this way right now. Personally, our family has a lot going on for the next few weeks: we are in the process of moving, packing, and doing work on our new house, all while I am almost 7 months pregnant, and we are leaving for a family … [Read more...]

School’s Out!

Swim practice

It's that time of year again - the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation! In all honesty, it starts feeling a bit like summer break once swim team starts in late April - the countdown begins when we start donning goggles and swimsuits every afternoon for swim practice. I told my son that I couldn't believe that he was going to be a 5th-grader next year, and that I was just getting used to the idea of him being a 4th-grader. He told me that I should start calling him a 5th-grader … [Read more...]

Screen Time: Where We Are Right Now

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Since creating Building Cathedrals over 7 years ago, we have had several conversations about screen time. Each of our families has worked hard to find the balance that works best for our particular situations; our decisions have involved factors such as the ages and the personalities of our children, our own comfort levels with technology, sibling dynamics, housing situations, etc. Currently, my children are 10 (boy), 6 (girl), and 4 (girl), and our baby is due in September.We have typically … [Read more...]

Happy Memorial Day

President Ronald Reagan Memorial Procession

On this Memorial Day, I am particularly thankful for all of the men and women who have served (and continue to serve) our country in the armed forces, for their families and the sacrifices that they make, and especially for all of those who have sacrificed their lives so that we might enjoy the benefits of living in a free and democratic society. May God bless all of the members of our armed forces and their families, and may God continue to bless and guide the United States of America.A … [Read more...]

Moving Checklist

Moving in six years ago!

We are moving! After six years in our beloved house, we are moving just three blocks away to another home in our neighborhood that will give us some more room to grow. The decision to move was a tough one, especially because we have wonderful neighbors that have become great friends, but we saw this as a great opportunity for our family and we think that it is a good decision all around.Our move will happen in late-June, after a couple of weeks of minor renovations on our new house, and I am … [Read more...]

Changes

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Holy Week and Easter were very different this year than in years past, in large part because all of our children have passed the magical age of three and are now old enough to sit through longer (and later) Masses. In years past, my husband and I have split up for the Triduum - one of us would attend Holy Thursday Mass and the other would attend Good Friday. We learned our lesson after a couple of nightmarish experiences spent in the cry room with screaming toddlers - ours and about 25 others. … [Read more...]

Challenge for the Lenten Homestretch

A few days ago, I read a great Lenten reflection by Fr. Robert Barron, and the general gist was as follows: For the homestretch of Lent, try picking both your favorite saint and the saint that you have the hardest time with, and open up your heart and mind to learn something from both of them. I love the latter part of this challenge, which Fr. Barron states much more eloquently than I ever could:"...choose another saint who bothers you, one whom you don't really appreciate or who maybe rubs … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a … [Read more...]

“Grit”: What is it, and how can it help our children to succeed?

Good morning, friends!Recently, our school newsletter had a great column about how we can build the quality of "Grit" in our children, which is another way of saying "persistence" or "perseverance." The column included a link to a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, which I found to be excellent. It is only 6 minutes long and well worth your while. I have included some of my favorite quotes below:...what if doing well in school, and in life, depends on much more than your ability to learn … [Read more...]


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