Help Design My Living Room

Our living room

We have recently moved into a new home, and are taking our time with decorating because: a) We have been busy with other home improvement projects, b) We hope to live here for many years and are trying to be thoughtful about how we would like our space to look for the long haul, and c) We are trying to stick to a budget, which takes some time and patience. One room that we need some help with is our living room, which has paneled molding on the walls - we painted the trim white and the walls a … [Read more...]

Adoration with children

We are fortunate enough to have perpetual adoration at our parish.  In addition, some very devoted mothers have arranged a children's adoration hour once a week.  During this time, parents with young children are encouraged to come to the adoration chapel, knowing that some additional noise and wiggling won't be distracting, but rather expected.One of the commitments that we will take on this school year will be a regular adoration slot during the children's adoration hour.  It is only a twen … [Read more...]

Back To School Rules

Yesterday I packed up my boys, helped them buckle their belts and wipe their faces, and sent them off on their first day of school. It felt for a moment like the heavens parted and glory rained down upon my motherly soul. Thank you, Jesus! We made it. But what about the preparations?! How does a mother truly prepare for that first day of school without eventually wanting to pull her hair out? At one point, I was so frustrated buying school supplies, I was ready to quit and send my kids to school … [Read more...]

Anyone here this morning?

Happy Monday y'all! This morning is the first day of school for many, and I'm sending a little hug to you whether this is your very first day of school, or your fifth! Rock on mamas! High fives all around!Ok. That being said, does anyone feel like it's been chaos today?I don't have the excuse -- my peanut is a few years away from school -- but our day, despite the best of intentions and mental planning for what will be a busy week in our home, has not started off, errr, in a stellar … [Read more...]

Another Lands’ End Warning

Over the last week, Lands' End customers, many of whom were ordering school uniforms for their grade school children, complained about receiving an unsolicited issue to GQ with a topless woman on the cover prompting a formal apology from Lands' End and the cancellation of all GQ subscriptions. Today, the CEO sent out another email warning customers that they could still receive another issue of GQ as they were unable to stop all of the September issues from sending.  So please keep a close ey … [Read more...]

Lands’ End: Uniforms and Porn Follow up

Thank you to all who took the time to write, post on social media or call Lands' End regarding the automatic sending of a magazine including nude pictures to customers placing orders of over $100 after the original post Land's End Warning: Order School Uniforms, Get Porn. Lands' End PR changed their tune dramatically from their "not our fault be we can unsubscribe you" justification from my first contact with them over the weekend.I have been overwhelmed with the response to this issue and … [Read more...]

Response to the Situation in Iraq

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Like many of you, I have been horrified by the news stories about the persecuted communities in Iraq, especially the Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq, and have been praying for all those affected. Can this really be happening in our world today? Can it really be true that children are being beheaded, that families are fleeing into the mountains, only to die of starvation and dehydration? I watched a heartbreaking episode on the news yesterday afternoon, where helicopters that … [Read more...]

Land’s End Warning: Order School Uniforms, Get Porn

Upon getting our mail on Saturday we found a pornographic magazine addressed to my name, followed by "A Land's End Bonus". Thanks be to God that our boys had not gotten the mail that day, as they usually do to help their pregnant mama. We were horrified that this could end up in our mailbox via ordering school uniforms from our sweet part time Christian school.A call to Land's End Customer service revealed that any customer placing an on line order of over $100 could be sent this as a "free … [Read more...]

Encouragement from Chaput on Daily Life

Recently, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, offered this address at a "Faith in the Public Square" symposium.  Far from being a lofty, academic, theoretical piece (which have a place and can certainly encourage as well), I found his comments to be poignantly practical and encouraging for even the mundane moments of my daily life.  I found his quote of Pope Benedict's depiction of the original Benedictines to be particularly inspiring; I think of St. Benedict as a titan of a Saint: a her … [Read more...]

We’re Back!

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After a week of technical glitches with our server, the Builders are back and ready to rock and roll...or at least, we're ready to write!Personally, August snuck up on me! It's hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be entering back into a school routine. I'm dreading the early mornings especially this year, as we have definitely slipped into a summer schedule of late evenings and later-than-usual morning wake-ups. My kids have taken their time moseying down to breakfast in the mo … [Read more...]


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