Another One Year Old

Today, we are celebrating our daughter's first birthday.  She is our fourth child, so we have a first birthday or two under our belts.   Yet, every time we go through the one-year mark, I am amazed by how much I still have to learn about this stage (or every stage, for that matter).  Is our house child-proof?  I thought so, until two weeks ago when our little lady started furniture walking.  What foods can make her choke at this stage?  Never mind my medical training.  Can I possibly make it thro … [Read more...]

Changes

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Holy Week and Easter were very different this year than in years past, in large part because all of our children have passed the magical age of three and are now old enough to sit through longer (and later) Masses. In years past, my husband and I have split up for the Triduum - one of us would attend Holy Thursday Mass and the other would attend Good Friday. We learned our lesson after a couple of nightmarish experiences spent in the cry room with screaming toddlers - ours and about 25 others. … [Read more...]

Friends and Sisters

Celebrating Sisterhood, even in a weird alien space craft!

I think my sides are still hurting from all the laughter I shared with dear friends, Kellie, J', and K' this past weekend in Las Vegas. It has been going on fifteen years since Kellie and I roomed together at Princeton, but that girl still knows how to get me rolling. No sooner had we collapsed into bed Thursday evening our first night, but we were cracking up over some misadventure. We talked for a good hour lying there, giggling and reminiscing despite the 3-hour time lag.  Ahh… Sisterhood is a … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a … [Read more...]

“Grit”: What is it, and how can it help our children to succeed?

Good morning, friends!Recently, our school newsletter had a great column about how we can build the quality of "Grit" in our children, which is another way of saying "persistence" or "perseverance." The column included a link to a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, which I found to be excellent. It is only 6 minutes long and well worth your while. I have included some of my favorite quotes below:...what if doing well in school, and in life, depends on much more than your ability to learn … [Read more...]

Time is flying by…

My sweet baby turned the big "1" on February 23. *Gasp!*A few days ago I was sitting on the floor in her room watching her dart — yes, practically dart — from toy to toy, giggling, bobbing to music, waving at the dogs, and looking up to me for approval. I smile back always at times like this. She is so full of life and I love it! While in one sense it is so hard to believe that a whole year had passed — a hard, easy, fun, non-fun-one depending on the hour and how sleep deprived I was — but in … [Read more...]

Celebrating in Style

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Yesterday, we celebrated the 4th birthday of a very excited little girl. She couldn't wait to try on her new party dresses, and even wore one of them to nursery school this morning. Honestly, I think that our youngest is just excited that she is closer to being one of the "big kids," although I'm not sure that the rest of us are quite ready for that yet! Our big decision for now is whether to send her to Pre-K at the big school with her older sister - all day, every day - or to keep her in our … [Read more...]

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Over the weekend, the Cub Scouts hosted their annual Pinewood Derby, an event which features homemade wooden cars that race down a track at breakneck speed in the elementary school cafeteria. This was our fourth Pinewood Derby for our son, and even the girls participated this year by making their own cars and racing them in the "semi-pro" division. Good times. Well, I'm not sure if it was the long day spent at the Derby, the high hopes for a winning car, an intense personality, or a combination … [Read more...]

Keeping Faith

Huge disclaimer: I haven’t read this book, which is apparently about how faith is lost or kept over generations, but I’m very curious about it.  Still, I have been thinking a lot of its summary via this book review in the New York Times  although I’ll admit that my thoughts are a little jumbled this afternoon (I know. I’m writing about a book review, not actually reading something! Sigh). The premise of the book hits a nerve with me, namely that many families intend to pass on faith and many may … [Read more...]

Redemptive Haircuts

I have heard they do female hair too...

There is a curious barbershop on our military post, near where my husband goes to work each day. It has an inauspicious brick exterior and erratic hours. For the first couple months we lived here at Fort Leavenworth we tried to figure out how to get haircuts at this place... we had heard they were $4 apiece! My husband took our sons in a couple times and was told that they could only get their 30 minutes in a barber chair with an appointment. It seemed inconvenient, but we gave it a shot. The … [Read more...]


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