Spring Cleaning of the Heart and Home

Whether or not the weather will cooperate, I am beginning to catch the spring cleaning bug around here.  It started the other day when my dear husband arrived home and pronounced that our house was "dirty and falling apart". ;) You can imagine I initially took a bit of defense to his claims.  This is my terrain, excuse me, and I work hard to keep it a nice place for our family to live. All it took was me stepping back and surveying the scene, though, to see everything for what it really was--a … [Read more...]

Winter’s Last Punch

Cool boots.

As I cleaned my yard and raked dead leaves and sticks out of my bushes on Saturday, I tried to ignore a warning that we were in for another storm.  More snow, my neighbors shared, shaking their heads and lamenting the worst winter they can ever remember. It was nearly 60 degrees on Saturday, with a beautiful warm sunshine.  There were crocuses sprouting up throughout my yard.  Those little purple flowers always give me such hope.  Spring is nearly here, they say, and I believe … [Read more...]

One Week In — Checking my Lenten Progress

We've been hearing from so many people that they prefer to add something for Lent, that "giving something up" "misses the point."  The truth is, I think that it is easy to miss the point whether you add or subtract during Lent, because the point is to be INTENTIONAL in a SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE.  As we proceed through Lent, checking our intention can help to make sure that whatever we do is truly meaningful. Here are my reflections on a few of my Lenten plans: 40 bags in 40 days -- is it … [Read more...]

From Lenten Past

From our BC archives, here is a piece I wrote in 2010: "As Fat Tuesday drew to a close this year, I could not deny the overwhelming sense of gloom I felt. The next day was Ash Wednesday and with it meant forty long days of suffering. Really long ones.   It hasn't been easy living through Ash Wednesdays and Lenten seasons of the past. During my first as a mother, my child was 4 days old and a month premature. We had just been delivered the glowing "suitcase" for his jaundice and were … [Read more...]

Welcoming Lent

Dear ones, Lent is upon us. It is time to set aside the Ordinary Time of winter and embrace the beauty and simplicity of the Lenten season. Did she really just refer to Lent as beautiful?? I did. Naturally, I will have plenty of groan-worthy moments during Lent. We all will. Lent is beautiful, but not because of it’s glitz and glamour; not because of an ease with which we perfectly perform. Lent is beautiful because it is an opportunity to cast off the sin that so easily entangles us, embrace … [Read more...]


A few weeks ago, I was trying to explain to my son that I try to give all of my children what they need, even though they don't get everything the same, so what I view as "fair" might not look fair to them. There are even times when things are totally "unfair" because I need other kids to sacrifice in order to provide a special situation for one child at one time, but that it will all even out eventually, hopefully. This was a hard conversation, so I went into metaphor mode. I told him that … [Read more...]

Blessing the Bread

Blessing the bread

Our two year old has a new tactic to prolong dinner time.  It is particularly effective.  He'll pick up a roll or a large bite of food in both of his hands, whisper a few words over it, and then slowly raise it over his head.  Remind you of anything?  Perhaps a particular moment at Mass? Once the bite/bread roll returns to his plate, I ask our son, "are you going to take a bite, Buddy?" "No, no, Mommy," he'll reply, "that bite is for Jesus."   He has me figured … [Read more...]

The Disney Scoop

Our crew gearing up for the magic

It has been two weeks since our Disney getaway--just enough time for the "Disney amnesia" to set in (an amazing phenomenon that clouds all negative memories (like when your daughter had 3 potty accidents at Epcot) and highlights only the good, sparkly ones).  Whether the moments were all magical or not, the week was such a special treat for all of us and one that we will undoubtedly look back upon fondly. It will go down in Gasperini lore as some of our best and most fun times together. As … [Read more...]

A Winter Escape

Claire's favorite find!

It is not every year that we plan a winter vacation to Florida.  But, as luck would have it, this winter of all winters was the perfect year to escape the northeast.  We made the long 18 hour drive to Marco Island in Florida (as far south as it gets on the gulf coast), and boy was that time in the car worth it!  I hope these pictures make you all feel just a little bit warmer. Moments after arriving, I took this shot of Josie on the beach.  Nothing cuter than those bare baby legs on the … [Read more...]

This Olympic Moment Made Me Cry

We have seen the Proctor and Gamble "Thanks Mom!" commercials, as well as several mom-tribute copycats, and I do always appreciate that tribute to the hard work that an entire family does to get someone to the Olympics, but as someone whose life often revolves around getting young people to various (non-Olympic caliber) sports activities, I have to say that I was most incredibly moved and inspired by Noelle Pikus-Pace, the US skeleton racer who came out of retirement for one more shot at an … [Read more...]