About a month ago, I asked for your best road trip tips. The epic road trip I took with my kids (travelling to and from North Dakota) was successful, thanks in part to your helpful advice. This Sunday, my kids and I are embarking on our second adventure of the summer: a five-day-long camping trip in northern Arizona! We are going to be at a group campsite with friends, and there will be several teenagers around to help keep an… Read more

I’ve seen the following image shared in many of my Facebook groups lately: Now, I am a huge fan of G.K. Chesterton — I was confirmed into Catholicism on his birthday, and I love his writings so much that I named one of my sons after him — but I don’t agree with everything he has ever written. He does have some things to say about working mothers that aren’t complimentary, for example. After seeing the above image for the… Read more

Today is the feast day of the first married couple to be canonized at the same time by the Catholic Church: Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin. St. Zelie is one of my favorite saints. She was a mother to nine children, four of whom tragically died either in infancy or early childhod. Her words about the loss children echo in my own heart when I think of my own lost little ones: In a letter to her sister-in-law who had… Read more

While doing research for my book, I came across this article from the Catholic News Agency: Pope Francis lauds testimony of working mothers. I have no idea how I missed this when it was originally published! It posted during a time when I was struggling with my vocation as a Catholic mother who worked; in fact, barely a month later I founded the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. In his remarks — the source of which is here — Pope Francis… Read more

National Public Radio (NPR) is a well-known, respected news organization. So why can’t they get basic facts right when it comes to Catholicism? Case in point, this story from July 3, 2018: 50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control ‘Intrinsically Wrong’ First quibble: The Pope didn’t call birth control intrinsically wrong — after all, NFP to avoid pregnancy is a method of birth control, and its use is sanctioned by the Church. He called contraception intrinsically evil. Moving on to… Read more

I took a brief hiatus from blogging due to family road trip. I drove myself and my middle four kids (ages 10, 8, 6, and 4) from Phoenix, Arizona to Fargo, North Dakota. For those keeping score at home, that’s 1,895 miles, give or take a few. It took us three full days. It’s a long story, but my husband flew up a few days later with my oldest daughter and youngest daughter, and he had to fly back two… Read more

I’m planning on taking my kids on a road trip/camping trip later this summer. I’m not calling it a vacation, because in my opinion it’s not a vacation if I’m going to be working as hard or even harder than I would be if we were just staying at home. The trick is that I’m going to have to go it alone, as my husband won’t have any PTO available.  Yes, I know I’m insane. But as my husband said once… Read more

As you’ve most likely heard, the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling today in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. It was narrow because it only addressed baker Jack Phillips’ treatment by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was frankly shameful (and the justices agreed by a vote of 7-2). On the larger issue, whether or not the government can compel an artist to advance a message against his or her moral beliefs, the Court declined to rule, citing the need for… Read more

In one of the Catholic NFP Facebook groups I’m in, many of the members and I had a lengthy discussion about what it means to be open to life. (I’m going to assume that most of my readers are familiar with that term; if not, there is a good overview by Jennifer Fulwiler here.) During the course of the thread, we came up with what we call “The Open Door Analogy” as a way to explain what it means to… Read more

The first time I heard it, I dismissed it as madness. “There are lunatics on both ends of the spectrum,” I told myself. Then, I saw the argument propagated again… and again… and again. In fact, I saw it a number of times on assorted sites, including my own personal blog, put forward by several different people. “Rational people can’t seriously believe this,” I thought, flabbergasted. “Not in 2018 with a plethora of scientific evidence to the contrary.” Sadly, it… Read more

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