A Summer Ride

I has been over 10 years since I owned a bike.  We are about to make a serious upgrade. I don't enjoy spending time in the car, but that is tricky with four kids to transport.  We are fortunate to have many of our destinations within close proximity in our neighborhood.  Still, little legs can still only walk so far and even if I have the energy to walk, I can only fit so many kids in our double stroller.  Enter the Yuba Mundo bike.  This cargo bike is awesome. I met the … [Read more...]

Thinking Summer

Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to start planning for summer success. That's right--not just survival, folks, success. We can do this. Let's pretend until it's true...For all of the homeschooling mamas/papas out there, you have my absolute admiration and can start putting up your feet (like that will happen--ha!). But for the rest of us who send our kids to school-- WE. ARE. ON.Here are a few things on my mind as I look ahead to summer:1) SUNSCREEN: I have a … [Read more...]

Seasonal Allergies and Behavior

Good afternoon!  Just a few quick thoughts here on seasonal allergies and behavior in children.  The pollen has been kicking around here, I'm dusting my porch and cars off daily, and the lawn mowers are humming with a fresh grass smell in the air.  I am sneezing, my eyes are itchy, and I am getting some headaches.  Nothing severe, just an annoying part of the spring for me.  My sleep is generally poor during this time of year, and I am more sluggish.  But a poor night of sleep, a runny nose, and … [Read more...]

The technology culprit

This isn't going to be a terribly deep post...and may even be disjointed, so I apologize... but I just wanted to note that I've really been made aware lately of how dramatically different I exist now with a smartphone in my possession than I did before without it. The differences didn't happen overnight as I've had one for almost three years. I will say as a caveat that a handful aren't even necessarily bad differences...but... some of them are...I've noticed these differences with … [Read more...]

God in the Small Ways

The rain is steady outside my window. As it pitter pats, I sit here on the couch, retreating to my fuzzy slippers and fleece pullover. My 2yo daughter is to my right snuggled under a blanket. A steaming cup of coffee is to my left. Warmth fills my soul and God enters. Thank you, Lord, for the little times like these, the small ways you reach me when life seems to buckle under weightier things.It is often that I become distracted by the larger items in my day to day. They are the big things, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Easter with the Via Lucis

For Lent this year, I focused on teaching my kids the Stations of the Cross.  I didn't grow up in a Catholic family and only one of my children  is school age, so they haven't been exposed to the Way of the Cross very much.  I made Stations of the Cross eggs and bought Way of the Cross coloring books from our local Catholic Book store.  We did a station or two as a family after dinner each night for the last two weeks of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.Like many of you, now that the joyful E … [Read more...]

He is Risen!

 Alleluia! … [Read more...]

As Lent draws to a close, let’s remember that Easter is a season

My self control as I walked through the grocery store yesterday afternoon was remarkable. I was picking up a few things to round out the hearty dinner that we will have tonight before heading to the Princeton Chapel for Holy Thursday Mass.All around me, there were Easter desserts on display. Our grocery store has a gourmet bakery department and people must have been working hard because there are chocolate cakes shaped and decorated like eggs, there are bunnies covered in coconut and there … [Read more...]

Faith, politics and young adult literature

The Christian who seeks to live his faith through political action conceived as service, may not adhere, without going against his own beliefs, to ideological systems which oppose - radically or substantially - his Faith and his perception of man.  Therefore it is not licit to act in favor of the Marxist ideology with its atheistic materialism, its dialectic of violence, and the way in which that ideology understands individual freedom within collectivity.  This same ideology denies any t … [Read more...]

Holy Week Begins ~ Sharing our Faith in Little Ways

It is Monday of Holy Week, and we are about to embark on the holiest and most special time of the year in our Faith.  I awoke this morning feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the obligations of Holy Week.  As I opened up my calendar and e-mail to make a plan, I had the most lovely note in my inbox.A little background first --yesterday, we attended a beautiful Palm Sunday procession and Mass at our Parish.  This year, our Pastor asked the First Communicants to bring a loaf of bread to the Ma … [Read more...]


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