A Weekend In the Mountains

"How in the world are you going to camp with five children?" They said we couldn't do it. People scoffed. They questioned.But guess what?We had a ball.Did we sleep much either night? Not really.Did we return unscathed or unbruised? Definitely not.Did we split our sides with laughter over the campfire? Absolutely.Did we enjoy new friendships and watch our children become explorers? Yes, indeed.Word on the street is that yours truly zip lined through the camp, children r … [Read more...]

On Verily Magazine and Elevating Culture

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I stopped reading magazines, with the exception of a few cooking publications, long ago.  I was tired of being bombarded by sexualized imagery, raunchy articles, gossipy updates, and fashion that didn't even begin to apply to my life.  Recently, however, I have found a new favorite in Verily.   Briefly a quarterly print magazine, Verily is now exclusively online, complete with daily deliveries and updates.  I appreciate their realistic, feminine fashion sense, the balanced examinations of relat … [Read more...]

Encouragement for the Family

"Today more than ever, we need witnesses who live out the Gospel of the family to the fullest and with joy, and who show the world that it is a beautiful and fascinating way of life, a source of happiness for spouses and children. Here there is enormous scope for the prophetic mission of our laity. In the lives of Christian couples today it takes the courage of prophets, the courage to stand up to the dominant culture." ~Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko President of the Pontifical Council of the … [Read more...]

Christianity in Commerce

You, are safe.. be my friend?

I don't know if it is the maturity that comes with being a few years into my thirties, or sheer necessity, but I am finally ready to become a businesslike woman. Several transactions of which I have been apart recently have made me reconsider my dealings with service providers. In short, if you are billing me, I do not need to be your friend. I will be polite, respectful and honest with you, but the overly friendly thing has failed me one too many times.As an extremely extroverted … [Read more...]

Five reasons and Five ways to Celebrate the Angelic Feasts this week

Whew, Texas Mommy is right, this is a big week.  Not only are there two Angelic feast days this week, but yesterday I finished a novena to mark the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux, and our parish is holding the annual Blessing of the Animals in conjunction with St. Francis Assisi's feast day on Saturday.  I don't know about any one else, but I could use a good celebration.  Church holidays seem like a distant memory this time of year, and Advent still feels a long way off.  Like Bethany wro … [Read more...]

Thrive: Adjusting the Goal

This post is part of a series on Thrive by Arianna Huffington.  Please read the first post here and the second post here and then join the conversation. Thrive highlights "the third metric for success" which is well being, wisdom, wonder and giving, working towards over all and holistic wellness.  As I continue to ponder this "metric" within the context of family life, I have been hitting against the idea that "well being" is really not an attainable goal for many people for a v … [Read more...]

Consuming vs. Creating

I read this article (Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent) in the New York Times a few days ago and have been mulling over some of the highlights for a few days. Interestingly, it wasn't necessarily the broader points about boundaries (while allowing for the reality that we live in a technological world) or the final note that Steve Jobs home encouraged educational discussions over dinner and family time that were the most memorable (although I was thrilled to read all of it, and thought it a fairly … [Read more...]

Monday Meanderings

With the chill in the air and a warm pot of soup simmering on my stovetop this morning, Autumn is coming alive in our world and in my heart despite not yet starting officially. The season awakens in all that surrounds me. Football games are endless on TV and on the field as my second oldest commences his first flag football season (Go Browns!). Soccer Saturdays are in full swing as my #1 and #3 play for rec teams in the area (Go Bengals! Go Guppies!). Apple-picking is on the calendar, as is camp … [Read more...]

Really?

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This catalog came through our mail slot today and I barfed.It is still (technically) summer. My kids are wearing shorts and flip flops and playing in the sprinkler in the afternoons.And last winter was one of the snowiest, coldest winters in Philadelphia history. Also known as "the winter that crushed all the mothers."The cinnamon-scented pinecones and Halloween decor that showed up in stores back in August seemed overeager.This magazine cover is just insensitive; how about givi … [Read more...]

Thrive Family – Sleep is for the Strong*

I was so glad to read J's post yesterday, because her thoughts about family meal time fit in perfectly with striving for Well Being, the first pillar of Thrive.  With back to school time upon us, Autumn is a great time to think about habits that lead to Well Being and help set us up to Thrive on good days and bad.  Thrive includes lots of advice and evidence about our need for the right amount of sleep each day.  One thing that really helped me was the research that shows that we are more ef … [Read more...]


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