A Thought and A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

As I have spent many hours the last few days rocking a feverish 2 year old, I realized how easy it is for everything to come to a grinding halt when your little one really needs you. There is nothing I would rather do than put my cool cheek against his warm one as I rock and sing quietly to him. Instead of doing playdough, unloading drawers, or climbing bookshelves, he wants me to hold him and to be quiet and still. He is soothed by resting on me.As I have been contemplating the beginning of … [Read more...]

My Favorite Picture by a 5 year old


Any guesses on what it is depicting?? … [Read more...]

Clean Sweep


Is it just me or are norwex/microfiber cloths and homemade cleaning solution mops all the rage now? I am hearing about them everywhere!I admit I feel the urge to do some deep cleaning at this time of year. I think it is getting all the Christmas decorations packed away and seeing surfaces covered in glitter and pine needles that makes me want to shake up my cleaning routine. But do I need to run out and get Norwex/ecloth/flylady purple swipers? … [Read more...]

A Pill A Day?

Raw enough? Zucchini from the garden.

So there have been copious news articles recently surrounding the efficacy of vitamin supplements: see here and here. But I am wondering has anyone actually ditched their daily prenatals or multivitamin?Our family strives to eat whole, real foods and minimize processed foods, but even with much of our food budget going to organic produce, grains, dairy and meats, I have also read that the vitamin content in these foods is not what it was 50 years ago. We get our Vitamin D the old fashioned … [Read more...]

Joy to the World


She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us.'" Matthew 1: 21-23 … [Read more...]

Let it Snow: Texas Style


Wintry weather in Texas normally means ice. So we make the most of it. With all of our sledding-type apparati at the grandparent's in Colorado, we have to improvise a bit.3' vertical drop on a sheet of ice, we can rip it up! No board, no problem. Just grab a cookie sheet.P.S. Mom, I think you were right that I do need new cookie sheets for Christmas.  … [Read more...]

Preparing for His Coming


While out of town for the First Sunday of Advent Mass, we heard the priest give a simple, yet profound homily.Advent, he said, is not just about preparing to celebrate the coming of Christ on Christmas 2000 years ago, it is about preparing for His second coming as well.This struck me as such a powerful way to approach the season. If we get caught up in preparations the ostensibly are about preparing for Christmas, but are not preparing our soul for His second coming as well then we are … [Read more...]

Advent Devotional for kids?


In addition to our wonderful collection of picture books that we like to read for Advent and Christmas, I was thinking of doing a more formal/structured devotional time when the little one is napping this Advent. Could anyone recommend any simple/gentle Advent devotionals for kids? … [Read more...]

Compulsory Hide and Seek


Can you believe that this sweet little guy steals like the dickens?I don't know if lots of toddlers do this or if he's able to sneak more things by since there are more children in the home now. But he takes and hides everything. If it isn't nailed down it is gone! We had major tears before one baseball game as I delivered my standard, "if you aren't responsible enough to keep track of you own baseball glove, then you won't be able to play" speech. Suddenly, from an unseen pocket in the … [Read more...]

Questions from Pope Francis

Pope Francis gave another beautiful homily this weekend as he honored Mary. I was struck by the simplicity and humility in the first person questions he spoke. They would make terrific, challenging yet simple, questions by which to examine our consciences. In our culture we tend to make things so complicated when "only one thing is needed." And you can bet that we will be saying a lot more "thank you's" at our house! Today let us all ask ourselves whether we are afraid of what God might ask, or … [Read more...]