There’s Still Time…

I’m very embarrassed to say that my daughter saw our nativity for the first time yesterday. Also, our second purple candle on the Advent wreath had yet to be lit, and our first one is almost gone because I left it burning on accident one night the first week after saying our prayer around the Advent wreath (which, as an aside, we’ve done twice).  All of this does not bode well for our first Advent as parents, nor does it mesh with whatever rosy catholic dreams I had envisioned in ‘passing on the … [Read more...]

Book Suggestions for Boys

Here at Building Cathedrals, we have had several posts dealing with book suggestions for various ages of children, and I am writing today to ask for advice on books for a 4th-grade boy. One issue that we have encountered recently is that our 4th grader has become borderline obsessed with two particular series of books (do I even need to name them? ahem, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson), and is finding all other books unappealing by comparison. He has read and re-read all of these books multiple … [Read more...]

Migraines in Children

I think that we just experienced our first migraine in one of our children, and it threw me for a loop! In part, the reason that I am posting so late today is because I had my daughter home with me, even though she would have been perfectly fine to go to school. She woke up happy and feeling great, whereas for the past 48 hours she had been miserable with a splitting headache. In retrospect, I think that she may have had a migraine (or just a prolonged headache?) brought on by stress, and I am … [Read more...]

Jesse Tree – It’s Not too Early to Start Planning

The beginning of Advent often sneaks up on me, meaning that I am only sometimes successful with family traditions like the Jesse Tree. This website has some great tips on planning for doing a Jesse Tree with your family this year, and it also contains a link that you can use to purchase the materials if you're not feeling crafty this year (I would fall into this category most years!). In the past, I have also printed Jesse Tree ornaments from this website, and then simply taped them to a wall in … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Encourages Parents to “Waste Time with their Children”

The kids love it when we sit to watch their "shows." Can't remember what this one was about :)

Pope Francis, in a recent gathering of the Pontifical Council for the Family, "asked parents to 'waste time' with their children, so that they can realize that love is always free" (quote from this article). For those of us who spend a lot of time "wasting time" with our children, this statement is very encouraging! When we sit on the floor with our 3 year-old to assemble a puzzle, snuggle on the couch to read "The Yellow Tutu" for the twentieth time, or simply spend time singing songs to our … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Be Told That Women Can Have It All


... and Professor Elizabeth Corey has finally laid out the tradeoff in a beautiful, thought-provoking manner I appreciate. Please stop reading me with your free time and read this, it has given me food for thought and fodder for argument for nearly a week now. I simply cannot stop thinking about the way in which Prof. Corey frames the debate of working v. stay-at-home-mothering.Essentially, Professor Corey writes that there are two competing desires within modern women: a)the desire to … [Read more...]

Fall Morning Magic


I love Kat's post about being intentional about meeting our own needs so that we can set the right tone in our household.  My biggest challenge lately has been the early morning hours.  I am NOT a morning person.  Life has radically changed for me this September and the mornings have been rough.  When my big kids get up to head to the school bus, my others all wake up as well, so we have a household that is noisy and clammering for breakfast by 6:30 am.Some days I run around and meet their ne … [Read more...]

Follow-Up to the All-Powerful Mother


After last week's post on the All-Powerful Mother, I started to think about how we, as mothers, can ensure that we are setting ourselves up for success in our interactions with our husband and children. If it is really true that we "possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous" for our families, then we need to be intentional about making sure that we are physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy ourselves. How can we do this?Of course, daily prayer is always the best place … [Read more...]

The All-Powerful Mother

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they a … [Read more...]

To Homeschool or Not? A Snapshot of Peace.

What back to school looks like around here.

Last week was the big back to school week around here.  Every time I checked facebook I saw adorable photos of children in Catholic school uniforms (and some without) smiling and marking the milestone.  As a homeschooling mom, I felt just a tad bit jealous.  Not that taking a cute back to school shot is a reason to send your child to school (it isn't)...but I thought about all these moms with less kids on their hands, moments of quiet as babies and toddlers took afternoon naps, time to do food sh … [Read more...]