On Valentine’s day, communication, and not getting kicked in the nuts

Here lies Doug, the perfect husband

 This year, I revealed to my husband that I actually kind of like Valentine’s Day.  This is despite all the times I told him that I hated it, it’s lame and stupid, and a made-up, over-commercialized saccharine-fest invented by Hallmark and Big Floral.   For fourteen years, the poor man has been wondering why, every February 14, I would say I wasn’t mad at him, while I was clearly mad at him.I was mad, you see, because everyone else was getting flowers and riding in heart-shaped hot a … [Read more...]

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Autographed books about marriage for Valentine’s Day

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I'm not going to tell you to get your wife a book or two for Valentine's Day, but IF you are VERY SURE that she would want a book or two for Valentine's Day, here's a deal for you: I'm offering ... The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning (OSV list price $9.95) and Catholic and Married: Leaning Into Love (OSV list price $14.95) with my chapter, called "Mirrors Around a Flame: The Gift of Children". This is a new book from OSV. You can read a nice review of it at Aleteia he … [Read more...]

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My goober valentines

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As requested, here are pictures of the finished valentines my kids prepared to give out today(although it turned out to be yet another snow day): And here is the valentine mailbox my son made:I'm so proud.  Yes, we carefully screen and censor the few episodes of Futurama they're allowed to watch!  I'm not altogether thrilled that Bender is such a captivating role model for them; but at least they laugh when my husband says, "OK, kids. It's 9:00.  You know what that me … [Read more...]

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In which my kids make Valentine’s Day weird and creepy

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We've been doing 3-D lollipop valentines for the last few years. Here is how it turns out when a normal family does this project:PIC 3D lollipop valentine Cute, eh? It is easy:1. Take a picture of your kid extending a fist toward the camera.  Leave some blank space in the background for the lollipop and message.2. If you like, photoshop a greeting onto the image.  If you are alert, you will remember how to paste things in with a transparent background; and if you care, yo … [Read more...]

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