June 29, 2018

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

June 10, 2018

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

June 5, 2018

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

June 4, 2018

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

June 1, 2018

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

May 31, 2018

Earlier this week, my husband and I celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of our joint conversion to the Catholic Church, and in honor of that anniversary, I decided to repost our conversion story. I was born to lifelong Lutherans (ELCA) who, of course, baptized all their kids Lutheran. I was baptized on December 28, 1980 — a date which I realized, soon after my conversion, as the Feast of the Holy Innocents. I sometimes wonder why I wasn’t baptized sooner given… Read more

May 28, 2018

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead.   Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If… Read more

May 23, 2018

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ll know it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Ask A Manager, a career-advice column written by Alison Green. I discovered her blog in 2008 while looking for tips for revamping my résumé, and I was immediately hooked. Green’s advice is very rarely off the mark, and her scripts for difficult conversations are superb. She has a knack for distilling complicated situations down to a few essential points, and then… Read more

May 21, 2018

A few days ago, during a discussion on Facebook about infant baptism, I read a comment along the lines of, “I had no idea that Limbo had been repealed and was no longer doctrine!” I explained that Limbo never had been doctrine in the first place, but that only lead to more confusion. As a result, I decided to create this post as a way to lay out the facts for easier reference. Limbo is (allegedly) a state in which… Read more

May 18, 2018

1. As I wrote in my earlier review, I loved Jennifer Fulwiler’s newest book “One Beautiful Dream,” and I also loved her appearance on the Fountains of Carrots podcast. The episode is so good and well worth a listen! 2. Did anyone else get books for Mother’s Day? Here’s what I scored: I’m only a few pages into “Write Smart, Write Happy” but I’m liking it so far. Of course, Austen is always a good bedside read, and this edition… Read more

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