On the Feast of St. John Paul II

At a general audience with Pope John Paul II in July, 2002

Happy Feast of St. John Paul II! Here are a couple of resources that I wanted to pass along before the day is over:1) Jason Evert has written a book called St. John Paul the Great: His First Loves - I can't wait to read it!2) I stumbled upon this cute animated video entitled "St. John Paul II, the Life of a Holy Pope," and plan to share it with my children tomorrow.3) One of my favorite St. John Paul II quotes: To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the ch … [Read more...]

Introducing…

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I am thrilled to announce the birth of our newest bundle of joy, Sophia Rose! She arrived on September 25th, a week past her due date, and weighed in at an even 8 pounds. We are all in awe of her cuteness and littleness, and even our only son, who was really pulling for a brother (after having 4 sisters!) can't get enough of her.For all of you who have been praying for our family during this pregnancy, thank you so much! We still can't believe that we get to have Sophia home with us - … [Read more...]

Sibling Joking

This morning, I heard one of my children telling her siblings, "Guess what?! Mommy had the baby and she is awake downstairs right now!" To which I heard another sibling respond, "Really, the baby is here?! Really?!" Another child quickly chimed in to say, "No way, Mommy wouldn't be back from the hospital yet, don't believe her."Oh boy, the sibling love is strong at our house :) In all honesty, the excitement is building, and everyone is ready for this baby to arrive. All prayers for a … [Read more...]

Help Design My Living Room

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We have recently moved into a new home, and are taking our time with decorating because: a) We have been busy with other home improvement projects, b) We hope to live here for many years and are trying to be thoughtful about how we would like our space to look for the long haul, and c) We are trying to stick to a budget, which takes some time and patience. One room that we need some help with is our living room, which has paneled molding on the walls - we painted the trim white and the walls a … [Read more...]

Response to the Situation in Iraq

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Like many of you, I have been horrified by the news stories about the persecuted communities in Iraq, especially the Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq, and have been praying for all those affected. Can this really be happening in our world today? Can it really be true that children are being beheaded, that families are fleeing into the mountains, only to die of starvation and dehydration? I watched a heartbreaking episode on the news yesterday afternoon, where helicopters that … [Read more...]

We’re Back!

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After a week of technical glitches with our server, the Builders are back and ready to rock and roll...or at least, we're ready to write!Personally, August snuck up on me! It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be entering back into a school routine. I'm dreading the early mornings especially this year, as we have definitely slipped into a summer schedule of late evenings and later-than-usual morning wake-ups. My kids have taken their time moseying down to breakfast in the mo … [Read more...]

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!

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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...]


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