Revisiting Challenges

I posted on Facebook page last month the news that one of my daughter’s doctors was no longer in practice. We not only lost a beloved doctor, but it also presented a logistical nightmare for our family to maneuver. We live two and half hours away from a children’s hospital. Many families can live in [Read More…]

Back from Hiatus; Exciting News!

My last blog post was an embarrassingly long time ago. I have four kids home from school, and I made the unfortunate, first time mistake of really, really over-scheduling us for the summer. It’s been mostly fun. But too busy. Too many commitments, and not enough down time. I’m not reading any books, and haven’t [Read More…]

A Year Later

June marks one year in our new home. While each year has it’s own set of challenges, I look back on the first year in our home with extreme gratitude and happiness. It was last winter, and we were beset with anxiety over our home. We had bought the house only three years earlier, not [Read More…]

Stuff People Should Know: The Sharing Usurper

Whenever friends get together to chat, they naturally vent frustrations about things people do or say that, while thought to be common sense or basic manners,  fall short. I have a list of little courtesies called, “Stuff People Should Know,” and hope to make it a recurring post. The lucky victim of my first thrashing [Read More…]

My Manifesto on Prenatal Genetic Testing

Last fall I was at my daughter’s yearly appointment with her geneticist. A geneticist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and management of chromosomal syndromes and genetics. Martha is diagnosed with a rare syndrome known as an “Unbalanced Translocation,” in which genetic material trades places within the chromosomes. Martha is missing the [Read More…]

My Gluten-Free Challenge

I hate doing something because it’s the “in” thing to do, and out of principle, going gluten-free, or talking about a Candida problem is not something I’d readily admit to. Recently, several friends encouraged me to try a gluten-free diet. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain throughout the body, [Read More…]

When Doves Cry: A Prince Tribute

“I was dreaming when I wrote this, so sue me if I go too fast.” I lugged my last grocery bags into the house from the car, and the notifications on my phone were  going crazy. First my mom, a friend, then all my friends from Minneapolis and beyond were texting me. Prince had died. [Read More…]

Cooking, and Lack of.

You know those people who know how to make everything taste a little better? Yeah, I’m not one of them. It’s not that I can’t cook or don’t enjoy it. There are certainly parts of it that I enjoy, and food that, on occasion my entire family actually eats.  But the process of figuring out [Read More…]

Amoris Laetitia, New Papal Document

You can read the APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION, ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY by Pope Francis HERE. TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS CONSECRATED PERSONS CHRISTIAN MARRIED COUPLES AND ALL THE LAY FAITHFUL   [Read more…]

The Best Way To Educate.

All four of our children are enrolled in the public school system. While I can’t say that we’ve tried every type of schooling yet, it’s likely safe to say that by the time it’s all said and done, we will have exhausted every educational system available. We had always planned on homeschooling. I sent for [Read More…]