Make Spring!

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My kids have been begging constantly to fill the kiddie pool in the backyard. I keep telling them that we will when the temperature reaches the 60s and sunny.This morning, after putting breakfast dishes away, I discovered them playing in the pool, clad in swimsuits, in the 45 degree morning rain. They were just happy that the pool was filling steadily with rain water, hypothermia or not. If Philadelphia hands you an everlasting winter... make spring! … [Read more...]

Dear Grieving Mothers ~

I had the honor of attending a memorial Mass today.  The precious firstborn son of a sweet couple in our Parish was laid to rest.  His birth was greatly anticipated.  His death was not.  Our Parish was full of loving friends and family.  Tears flowed freely as his tiny little casket was wheeled into the Church.  There should never, ever, be a need for a casket so small.  Death is hard enough, but the death of an innocent child is almost too much for anyone to bear.  And the tiny casket is like a … [Read more...]

Preach it!

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Whilst I am guessing that I do not have a ton in common with the author of this NYT Moderlode post, Shouldn't the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?, I couldn't agree more with her in this case. Having spent, to date, about 4 years of my adult life strapped to a pump 4-8 times per day due to a circulation disorder, I would love nothing more than a small, discreet, quiet pump. I field more questions about pumping, its challenges and benefits and logistics, than … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a … [Read more...]

Power-House Quick Mix for Busy Families

My mother was a vegetarian in her teens and early twenties mostly for health reasons... all before meeting the son of a cattle rancher. As a result -- and even as we had a farm of our own and ate meat often growing up -- she knew a lot about the chemistry and nutrition combo's to get complete protein in other ways.She recently reminded some of the younger mommas in our family about one of her go-to recipes, and I thought you might like it. What's great about it is that it can be a base for … [Read more...]

Filling Up Again

"When we spend time with God, we bring something with us for others, and that is supposed to decrease, to be lessened while it enriches others.  No water boy should complain that the bottles get empty when he goes down to the field. His job is to go back and fill them up again."  ~Dr. Edward Mulholland, Benedictine CollegeThis Lenten season, I have tried to spend more time with God in prayer.  I have been encouraged by an excellent book, Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe.  This extra pr … [Read more...]

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 h … [Read more...]

Winter’s Last Punch

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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 the … [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 L … [Read more...]

“Grit”: What is it, and how can it help our children to succeed?

Good morning, friends!Recently, our school newsletter had a great column about how we can build the quality of "Grit" in our children, which is another way of saying "persistence" or "perseverance." The column included a link to a Ted Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth, which I found to be excellent. It is only 6 minutes long and well worth your while. I have included some of my favorite quotes below:...what if doing well in school, and in life, depends on much more than your ability to learn … [Read more...]


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