Knights of Columbus–Baghdad Iraq

I apologize for the delay on this, but I had to first get permission to publicize this letter and request for help. I have removed portions of the letter to protect the privacy of Captain Haslam.Happy Fourth of July from Baghdad, Iraq!I am proud to be serving the United States of America in the Air Forceon this great day. It makes me think of the words that PresidentKennedy shared with our country many years ago: "Ask not what yourcountry can do for you, but what you can do for your … [Read more...]

Making Time Stand Still, Nuns and Baseball?

As a self-proclaimed sports fan, I frequent ESPN's website for updates on my favorite teams. In the 6 months I have been writing for this blog, I have yet to come across a story that any of you, our readers, would find interesting, or even relevant, to your life.Until today.ESPN did a piece today about Our lady of Perpetual Help Hospice, run by a group of Dominican Nuns. The Hospice sits in the shadows of Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves), and the article is about terminal cancer … [Read more...]

In the Blogosphere

For all our crunchy mom readers, Rod Dreher has a very interesting review, of the new children's movie, "Wall-E." Rod states,What I didn't expect, what I wouldn't in a million years have expected, is a Pixar film that embodies a traditionalist conservative critique of modernity, one that advocates a more or less Aristotelian view of humanity and politics. Philosophically, this is one of the most subversive movies I've ever seen. Crunchy cons, this movie is for us.He goes on to give a great … [Read more...]

“Come to Me”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~The Gospel of Matthew~Since the arrival of baby Augustine in January, the months have passed quickly but the days of juggling three kids have been long and often full of chaos. About a month ago the dust started to settle, primarily because baby Gus started sleeping through the night. Then the long days of summer hit, and hit hard.From daily swimming lessons at the pool to summer story time at the library, the past fe … [Read more...]

Prenatal Testing

B-mama,Thanks for addressing this topic and I typed up a very long comment and decided to change it to a post. I've had a really busy week, otherwise I would have written about this sooner. I'm sure Kat will have some thoughts as well. For our new readers, this is a topic near and dear to my heart, as I had a daughter Therese, who died of a fatal birth defect called anencephaly in 2002. Kat also had a daughter, Lucy, with anencephaly. Anencephaly is a fatal neural tube defect easily … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Recommends from the March of Dimes

While I have some concerns with The March of Dimes (primarily their goal to have every baby be a healthy baby, a very unachievable objective in our fallen world) I do think The March for Dimes does some great work. They give women valuable information to make wise health choices prior to and during their pregnancies. Having personally suffered the loss of a baby due to a very serious birth defect, I'm all for helping to improve the health of every mom and baby. For the moment, I'll put aside … [Read more...]

Baby Cate

Please lift this amazing family up in prayer today as they grieve the loss of their 7 month-old baby girl. Their love of God and their love of baby Cate is a blessing for us all.Lord, May you shower all families grieving the loss of a child with your grace and peace. Amen. … [Read more...]

Granola Recipe

In response to your requests, below is my granola recipe. What I love about granola is that you can really add anything to it (alright, not anything, but a lot of things). I have found that experimenting and omitting or adding things that I know my family likes makes the best granola for us. Here are the basics of what I use: 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1 cup natural wheat or barley cereal 1-2 cups sliced/crushed pecans/almonds (I like to use pecans b/c they are sweeter) 1/2 cup raw … [Read more...]

Salsa Recipe

Tomatoes are almost in season, so here is my very simple fresh salsa recipe, you can either blend these ingredients in a food processor, or my preference is to dice them up:2 ripe farm fresh tomatoes1/4-1/2 of an onion (preferably sweet or red onion)2T cilantro (fresh)1 clove garlic1 jalepeno (more or less for spice)salt to tastejuice of 1/2 a lime (optional)You can make this salsa sweet by adding a mango (delicious as a sauce on fresh fish (like Tilapia)If anyone has added tips or other great … [Read more...]

Building Community by Asking for Help

I recently befriended a woman in town with 2 children of similar age to my kids. We met at story hour, and after a few chats it was obvious to me that this woman was a serious Christian who attended church regularly and cared deeply about the religious upbringing of her children. We chatted effortlessly about church, local school choices, homeschooling, and cloth diapers, among other topics. As the spring session of story hour ended, we decided to make a playdate for our children to get … [Read more...]


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