How you know Potty training is not going well:

Your child makes this face after peeing on the floor for the 3rd time that day. … [Read more...]

Organic Living

Before I begin, I want to remind our new readers that I am a self-proclaimed granola, or “crunchy” mom. I realize that not everyone takes these issues as seriously as I do, and that’s ok. It is not my intent to be self-righteous in this post, but only to discuss some of my recent thoughts on organic living… I recently returned from a trip to upstate/western NY, where I visited my sister and her family in their small rural town. My sister and her husband are real granolas, and they take the a … [Read more...]

The Sleepless Generation

Check out this interesting article, The Sleepless Generation, on the importance of good sleep habits in children. While I don't agree with everything, I think the author hits the nail on the head in that many of our children are just overtired, and so are the parents.h/t Danielle Bean for the link … [Read more...]


How can a sweet little boy like this be anyone's worst nightmare?Apparently, it's more common than I wish to believe. In taking Gianna to one of her activities today, I overheard two mothers say this:Mom #1 "My friend just found out she was pregnant. She has an 18 month old and a 4 year old and now this. It was a total accident. Isn't that awful!"Mom #2 "That is my worst nightmare!"Both moms look in my direction to include me in this conversation.My response: a deep sense of sadness, and … [Read more...]

The Great NFP Battle

For an interesting post, touching upon many of the same themes we have been discussing here, check out this article from And Sometimes Tea. And no, it's not my other blog, different Red. … [Read more...]

Ecological Breastfeeding–A Crunchy Catholic’s Dissent

For those unfamiliar with this blog, here's a few of my crunchy credentials: I cloth diaper, I make my own granola, I've had a non-hospital birth, I shop at a farmer's market, a good deal of my food is organic, I own the Ergo baby carrier, I exclusively nurse my babies for six months and I continue nursing well-beyond, I frequent Rod Dreher's Crunchy Con blog, and, as revealed in a previous post, I'm considering growing a moss backyard :-)But despite my general tendency to embrace a "natural" … [Read more...]

Some answers to your CCL questions

Great comments on my recent CCL post!Just to answer a few questions:1. The new book and materials were released in February/March of 2008. All new CCL courses are now using the new materials. They are still working on the training programs for the "specialized" courses in return of fertility after childbirth and pre-menopause. The student guide book is complete, but the teacher training in these areas is still a little rough. It will be complete in the coming months. The doctor in question … [Read more...]

What’s going on at CCL?

The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is the largest provider of Natural Family Planning (NFP) services in the US, and it has recently gone through an extreme makeover. Making a break with the Kippleys (author of: Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood, The Art of Natural Family Planning), CCL is now promoting a more high tech, streamlined, and scientific approach to NFP. They have also adopted an altered approach to breastfeeding and child spacing and for … [Read more...]

One of those days

The Crime Scene:The Culprits:The Verdict:One shaved head. One bad haircut made presentable with lots of barrettes and headbands. One mama who keeps reminding herself that it's only hair. It will grow back. … [Read more...]

Beating Heart

For those of you who do not read Amy Welborn's blog regularly, she had a wonderful reflection yesterday about parenthood. Since many of us here have young children--and have yet to reach the stage where our children are independent, I though we would all really appreciate Amy's thoughts and wisdom. Enjoy. … [Read more...]