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"Miss Conceptions" on Slate, on presidential candidates daughters"In Defense of Marrying Young" on Faith and Family … [Read more...]

The Teenage Pregnancy Question

I have a serious question for the women and men of America: if your daughter got pregnant at 17, would she tell you? I think that this is a huge test of a parent/child relationship, and on this particular front Sarah Palin passed. Her daughter came to her, told her the truth, and asked for and received her support. Elizabeth Foss has a great post on the subject. As American Christians, it can be hard for us to see imperfection. We hang on to the idea that if someone else has "done it right," … [Read more...]

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying the last of summer, we will have a day by the pool and then start school tomorrow! It has been a busy and exciting summer of moving and living and yard work, and we are thankful. I love fall!Today please join me in prayers for my friend Sue, her baby is due tomorrow, but maybe today will be her labor day! Sue, may your labor be safe, short and soon! … [Read more...]

Take the Gloves Off, Boys

(New York Times photo of Governor Sarah Palin sitting on a bear skin)Last night I had dinner with an old friend who is a very active Democrat. He has worked in politics, both on the Hill and as a volunteer for a number of campaigns, including Obama. He is very enthusiastic about the ticket he will vote for in November. We are friends, and there is an awful lot we can agree on, but I was surprised by two things:First, I was surprised by how quickly my saying I was excited about Palin's nomination … [Read more...]

How we handle Paper

Erin wrote:Our biggest problem area is paper-- mail, bills, cards, owners manuals, newspapers, interesting magazine articles, letters, shopping lists, coupons, receipts we think we might need but really never will... all this paper seems to take over our kitchen and family room and drive me crazy. Any tips for controlling the paper frenzy?My father in law has a saying "you take your mail, and you deal with it" -- what that meant to the young adults who had come back to the nest after college was … [Read more...]

Our First Book Review

A Civilization of Love by Carl AndersonAWOL Mommy said:So, our first book choice was A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Change the World by Carl Anderson. Honestly, I was drawn to the book by its ambitious subtitle, however, it failed to deliver. Anderson brings an impressive biography to the challenge -- head of the Knights of Columbus, former Reagan advisor, staff of JP II -- however, this tome is too grand in scope and ambitious in what it tries to accomplish in a mere 173 … [Read more...]

Games of Moral Relativism

Last night my husband and I watched a few minutes of the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games. As the commentators spoke of the beauty of the Chinese culture on display, the enthusiasm with which the Chinese people had been supporting the idea of hosting the games, and the change and progress that they had seen in China over the seven years since Beijing was selected to host in 2008, I was sort of getting on board, buying in to the excitement. China was represented by a very tall NBA star … [Read more...]

Like Peter

Lately, things have been tough. You may have noted this from my posts, which have included the themes of marital strife and kids climbing out windows. I have been reading a lot, trying to get out of my funk. I have been reading about disciplining children, about organizing the home, and uplifting little statements for mothers. I have been reading homeschool blogs, planning my curriculum, reading about burn out. I have talked and talked about my issues until my husband and friends can't stand to … [Read more...]

Quiet Time

When people ask "how do you do it?" I often forget to tell them about the one sanity preserving secret that I have learned from other homeschooling moms of many. Let me tell you about the joy of quiet time. The idea is that your children do not ever stop observing the afternoon nap time, when they stop sleeping it switches over to time in bed alone. In our house, quiet time follows lunch (or sometimes an after lunch walk/bike ride), and lasts for an hour and a half.During quiet time, PT reads (I … [Read more...]

Big for our britches?

The other day I was at a party, and the man standing behind me whispered something to his wife. "Just ask her!" his wife replied, and the man then asked me, "did you go to Princeton?" Yes, but as the party was in Princeton this was not such an unusual question. "Are you one of the Building Cathedrals writers?" Now, that was exciting. He recognized me (and my name) from my picture. Now, here I was standing with someone whom I had never met before talking about Building Cathedrals. It is amazing … [Read more...]


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