Small Success Thursday: Unpacking Edition

Small Success Thursday

Over at, my friends and colleagues Sarah Reinhard and Sherry Antonetti have resurrected one of my favorite features: Small Success Thursday. The formula for participation is simple: share three successes (and little ones count!) from your week and participate in the link up on the post at CM.  The results? From what I’ve seen, [Read More...]

Rome: The Capital of the Family — What Will it Take?


New out this morning is a report on the upcoming Synod on the Family and other family related information from Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family: This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presented the twelfth plenary assembly [Read More...]

Hey Pope Francis, Thanks for the Synod!


Fresh news this morning that Pope Francis has called for Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from 5 to 19 October 2014, on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization”. Rome Reports has an overview: Video Link Since it’s an ‘extraordinary [Read More...]

Does Oversharing Online Scar Our Kids?


CNN has an interesting feature online today about whether or not we — as parents — are “oversharing” our children’s lives on social media. Read the entire article, but my favorite portion of the feature was this video interview with Blake Wilson, a.k.a. “Bat Dad”: Having just returned from a long weekend with my adorable [Read More...]

Embracing My “Wow!”

A "Wow!" moment along Cherry Creek in Denver.

I am sitting in the airport after having spent a most fabulous weekend in Denver. The fun kicked off with my Thursday night presentation at Legatus Denver and continued through the weekend with family time. I’m the oldest of five in a pretty tight knit clan. My youngest brother, sister in law and precious niece [Read More...]

Of Elders, Children and The Greatest Among Us


Blessedly, today finds me working from my home office. This is a rare occurrence in my life at the moment — for the month of October I’ll be in my home zip code for only five days. That craziness is fodder for another post, but today I thought I’d share some fruit from my morning [Read More...]

CARA: Skipping Mass for Soccer?

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From the Twitter Feed of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate: Spelling out in sad detail the reasons Millennials give for not attending Mass. Number one, “Family responsibilities”, seems to me to be the perfect reason we should ALL be attending Mass every Sunday… Maybe we need to have more confessionals at soccer [Read More...]

My Baby, Rocking Twice as Hard

Jazz Adam

Just because I’m a proud mom, and because I think this is pretty cool, I’m sharing my Adam’s latest music video: Video Link Adam is a passionate fan of traditional Irish and Scottish music. He’s actually pretty passionate about music in general. My house is constantly filled with the stuff – whether he’s jamming on [Read More...]

Little Fulton, St. Lawrence and Burn Safety Awareness

Fulton Poppe, Superhero!

On January 8th, 2013 a little piece of our world was turned upside down. I remember the day, mundane at its start, flipping on end when I received news from my online friend Cassandra Poppe’s family. Cassandra’s small four-year-old son Fulton had been badly burned in an accident at their home. They were requesting urgent [Read More...]

Surviving the High School Reunion — Share Your Advice

Surviving the high school reunion

I don’t have much time to write this morning as I sit in my “Westin Hotel heavenly bed” with my little sister reading in the bed next to me. We’re having a “girls weekend”. The occasion: our high school’s band reunion. The event is a multi-class soirée, bringing together bandos, flag girls (like Erin and [Read More...]