Gift-Giving is so Catholic!

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 We don't want to convey to our kids that love can be bought on Amazon; but we also shouldn't try to persuade them that love is some kind of nebulous, moonshiny, spiritual quality that has very little to do with their everyday experiences. Rather than turning Christmas into a story about God vs. Happiness, the trick is to turn love and giving into part of one seamless idea.Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Loving the adult Jesus

Christmas is the infancy of the Faith, and most people find it pretty easy to be happy about about their Faith at this time of year -- at least in the good moments. Even when the season is stressful or exhausting, most of us at least occasionally taste those golden moments where the music is right, the candles are glowing, we're finally holding a mug of something hot, finally hearing the happy murmurs of the baby in the manger.  At the best moments, we love Christmas, baby Jesus loves us, and it … [Read more...]

Today only: 15% discount on magazines from Cricket

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To get the discount, use Promo Code NF12-002 at checkout. We have had subscriptions to lots of different  magazines from this publisher, including Cricket, Muse, Cobblestone, and Ladybug, and we have never been disappointed. The artwork is top notch, and the content is very well pegged for the various age groups designated, without being pandering, and does a good job of making the reader feel like he's part of a club, with lots of in-jokes and extra featrures. Good stuff, and a nice p … [Read more...]

Knock-knock. Who’s there? Bad Mama.

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 Sound at the door: Shuffling, muffled sobbing, incompetent doorknob rattling; cries of, "Mama, Ma-maaaaaa." Bad Mama: Buuuuut it's supposed to be my turn to sleep in. Good Mama: But you're her mother, her only mother, and they grow up so fast! Bad Mama: I don't think it's going to kill her to go sit on the couch for a few minutes. Good Mama: But remember the Gospel reading! Whatever you do for the least of my little ones  . . . so, wouldn't you get up if it was Jesus knocking at the … [Read more...]

Advent is coming. Keep it simple! UPDATED

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I know, I know, you're focused on Thanksgiving right now.  Just bookmark this for next week. Advent is coming!  I always feel a little silly saying that, because the word "advent" actually means "coming."  But that's how life is when you're In Charge of Stuff:  you even have to plan about planning ahead.  So, if you haven't looked it up yet, the first Sunday in Advent is Nov. 30, which is . . . soon. We do try to put off celebrating Christmas until it's actually almost Christmas.  I claim this … [Read more...]

The Splat Life

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 The train is whizzing out of control, and he can't get off, slow down, or change course. In desperation, Gromit snatches a box of spare tracks and frantically lays them on the floor ahead, just split seconds before the train he's on thunders over them. This is more or less what it's like to raise a child. Yes, you have to work frantically to stay ahead of that train; but no, you're not exactly in control. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

I got nothin’, so we’re making muffins

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Pumpkin muffins. This is our favorite, no-fail recipe: Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread. Today we were short a few eggs, so we just mushed up a couple of bananas in their place. Sometimes I put demerara sugar on top, sometimes I add wheat germ, sometimes I add walnuts, almonds, or (to everyone's chagrin) raisins, but mostly I just make the recipe as is -- except I double it, which yields 24 muffins and two loaves. They are lovely and moist, and very good for adding to the kids' lunches; and while, … [Read more...]


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