Introducing…

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I am thrilled to announce the birth of our newest bundle of joy, Sophia Rose! She arrived on September 25th, a week past her due date, and weighed in at an even 8 pounds. We are all in awe of her cuteness and littleness, and even our only son, who was really pulling for a brother (after having 4 sisters!) can't get enough of her.For all of you who have been praying for our family during this pregnancy, thank you so much! We still can't believe that we get to have Sophia home with us - … [Read more...]

Anyone here this morning?

Happy Monday y'all! This morning is the first day of school for many, and I'm sending a little hug to you whether this is your very first day of school, or your fifth! Rock on mamas! High fives all around!Ok. That being said, does anyone feel like it's been chaos today?I don't have the excuse -- my peanut is a few years away from school -- but our day, despite the best of intentions and mental planning for what will be a busy week in our home, has not started off, errr, in a stellar … [Read more...]

We’re Back!

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After a week of technical glitches with our server, the Builders are back and ready to rock and roll...or at least, we're ready to write!Personally, August snuck up on me! It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be entering back into a school routine. I'm dreading the early mornings especially this year, as we have definitely slipped into a summer schedule of late evenings and later-than-usual morning wake-ups. My kids have taken their time moseying down to breakfast in the mo … [Read more...]

What I Sometimes Wish that Someone Would Say to Me in the Third Trimester

Every time I have a newborn, someone inevitably tells me the following: "If all you do today is feed your baby and tend to your children's basic needs, then you have done a great job!" I always smile and love this reminder that life can be very simple in the first few weeks of a baby's life. It makes me feel like it's okay if I don't get to that project that is looming, or if my house is a bit untidy, or if I take a quick nap at 9 a.m. when I am absolutely exhausted.Now, I just need someone … [Read more...]

Stroller advice

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After making it 4 kids and 9 years with my "Free with registry" umbrella stroller, I find that I need to purchase a new lightweight stroller for the first time. I love our double BOB for running, but at present I am not supposed to carry our 30+ pound 2 year old and I need a small, lightweight stroller that I can use just for  him. I have tended to wear our kids in the ergo until they don't need a stroller, because I have always found it easier (even when on crutches) but I can't do that at … [Read more...]

St. John Paul II on Everyday Life

Do you ever go through periods of time when your schedule is so carefully crafted that any unforeseen obstacle threatens to throw everything out of balance? Most of us can probably answer this question with a resounding "yes!", and some of us might even be feeling this way right now. Personally, our family has a lot going on for the next few weeks: we are in the process of moving, packing, and doing work on our new house, all while I am almost 7 months pregnant, and we are leaving for a family … [Read more...]

An American parenting “culture”?

For a somewhat lighthearted read I recently went to our local library and checked out "Bringing Up Bebe", whichcame out a few years ago and explores how the French parent raise children. Has anyone read it? As a spoiler for those who haven't (sorry), there is "one way" to parent (or, rather, "educate") in France. Most chapters conclude that almost all, if not all, French parents do "x" for any number of things, such as introducing food, getting wee little frenchmen to sleep through the night (he … [Read more...]

School’s Out!

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It's that time of year again - the end of school and the beginning of summer vacation! In all honesty, it starts feeling a bit like summer break once swim team starts in late April - the countdown begins when we start donning goggles and swimsuits every afternoon for swim practice. I told my son that I couldn't believe that he was going to be a 5th-grader next year, and that I was just getting used to the idea of him being a 4th-grader. He told me that I should start calling him a 5th-grader … [Read more...]

Screen Time: Where We Are Right Now

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Since creating Building Cathedrals over 7 years ago, we have had several conversations about screen time. Each of our families has worked hard to find the balance that works best for our particular situations; our decisions have involved factors such as the ages and the personalities of our children, our own comfort levels with technology, sibling dynamics, housing situations, etc. Currently, my children are 10 (boy), 6 (girl), and 4 (girl), and our baby is due in September.We have typically … [Read more...]

Creation

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This weekend our family flew to Houston for my sister-in-law's graduation, and we had the opportunity to slip away for a few hours to take Pia to the zoo for the first time. I love zoos. As such, I know my husband thinks this trip was actually for me and not for our daughter, but I think it was actually for all of us. Not just because exotic animals are super cool (they are), or because we desperately needed some alone family time (we did), or because we needed fresh air and exercise (again, … [Read more...]


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