This and that, baby pics, and a baptism!

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Today, I hope to get caught up on emails. I'm sorry to say I pretty much gave up responding to anyone sometime in the third trimester, and Corrie is now 9 weeks old, so that's . . . a lot of emails.  So if you wrote to me, thanks for being patient!We're right in the middle of "something every weekend" season -- confirmation, baptism, birthday parties galore, graduations, concerts, and a bunch of things I'm forgetting.Thank goodness we have no athletic ability in this family. … [Read more...]

“Call your mother” magnet winners!

Congrats to Elizabeth Breslin, Joseph Nelson, Laura Colon, Candice Combs, and Stephanie Schmitz.  I've sent emails to whichever address is associated with your Rafflecopter registration. If you are a winner and didn't get an email, just send me your physical mailing address, and I'll get your magnet right out to you.Thanks for playing, everybody! … [Read more...]

Giveaway! The perfect gift for your graduate

go forth magnet

Time for a little giveaway! My dear husband cleaned off the top of the refrigerator, and found five magnets like this:  These sell pretty well around graduation time, so I thought I'd share my stock. To enter, use the Rafflecopter entry form below. The contest will be open until midnight on Saturday, or possibly Sunday. Well, just enter ASAP, I guess. Good luck! And call your mother!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Archbishop Joseph Naumann Replaces Finn, Signalling Change in Missouri Diocese

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Finn may not have been aware of Ratigan's actions, but he should have been. There is no excuse for a bishop to ignore even the hint of sexual abuse in the Church; and whether or not his critics have ulterior motives for wanting him gone, his resignation was necessary. Even Finn's defenders must agree that the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is hurting badly, and Bishop Finn's presence as leader was only prolonging the pain. He could not effectively lead the diocese, and the Vatican must make … [Read more...]

Monday through Saturday faith?

  Question from a friend:I'm putting together the Newman Center program for next academic year, and it's going to focus on ways to live out your faith on the six days in between Sundays. I'm trying to come up with as exhaustive a list as possible of ways that the Church has equipped us to do this (different kinds of prayer, spiritual disciplines, etc.) and I was wondering if you might be willing to post something asking your readers about their favorite way is to keep their faith fresh on … [Read more...]

Worth another look: Joe Versus the Volcano

joe vs volcano

“Dear god, whose name I do not know, Thank you for my life. I forgot... how BIG... thank you. Thank you for my life.” The scene works because it shows so nicely how change of heart really comes about in our lives: not always in the clearly-defined moments of choice, but in the middle of the night, when we see with our hearts what the world is really like. Read the rest at the Register.  **** movie still from Warner Brothers and Amblin Entertainment … [Read more...]

We would have been a loving family . . .

nh  mag kids on slide

. . . if there had been somebody there to take pictures of us every minute of our lives.No, but seriously. Several months ago, before the baby was born, we had a photographer at our house for three days, documenting What It's Like to Live In a Family of Twelve.  The photo essay came out last week in New Hampshire Magazine, and we are delighted (EXCEPT DAMMMIT I TOLD THOSE BOYS TO PUT SHEETS ON THEIR BEDS).Here is just one photo, one of my favorites out of the nearly thirty that made it i … [Read more...]


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