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...]

Easy Morning Magic

MaryAlice mentioned in her Fall Morning Magic post that she sometimes used packets of oatmeal in the morning.Ditto here. I have also been guiltily buying them since August so that I would not have to get up  a few minutes earlier (also not a morning person) to make oatmeal and deal with the pot boiling over while I try to ensure that schoolbound kids are ready for school and others are ready for homeschool. They are so easy and the kids can dump contents in a bowl, add a little instant hot … [Read more...]

Dinner on the go

 Having recently entered the world of kids sports teams, I am still figuring out how to make it all work. The Lord  generously blessed me with back to back practices at the same location for my 2 bigger boys. So we only have one practice night a week. But add in two early evening games, and my weekly dinner plans come crashing down. I know that Red feeds her kids dinner early, but my son takes a medicine that affects his appetite, so we are really tied to specific meal times. We … [Read more...]

Feast of Blessed Mother Teresa – Sept. 5

Far removed as we are from extreme poverty in our often sanitized portion of the world (though, of course, poverty in all its forms exists close at hand), my boys are truly moved by Mother Teresa and her care and love for the poorest of the poor, as am I. On September 5th we will read Mother Teresa by Demi and contemplate how each person is infinitely loved by God. We will color here and eat some traditional Indian food.When I worked at the US Embassy to the Holy See, I attended many Vatican … [Read more...]

Catholic Backtalk

After a particularly grumpy, uncheerful boy came downstairs from spending some time in his room by himself I made the mistake of asking my extrovert kindergartener the rhetorical question, "Did you enjoy spending so much time by yourself this morning?"To which he replied sassily, "Mommy, I wasn't by myself, My guardian angel and Jesus were with me." … [Read more...]

Dream Home

After several housing situations fell through for our family this spring we have had to readjust our plans. What our family is looking for (a home on land for our boys to be boys outside) does not exist in the area in which we need to be. Which leaves us with the option of building a home, which is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. It is fun to look at all the great ideas out there and then come back to reality and see what we can actually afford. We want to create a home that is … [Read more...]

Joy at the end of the day

Many Christians find themselves joyless at the end of the day not because of any enormous problem, but becuase they haven't known how to sanctify the little difficulties that arose.From: Overcoming Lukewarmness by Francis Fernandez-Carvajal … [Read more...]