November 19, 2018

This is a different Thanksgiving for our family. All of our relatives and friends in the area either haven’t moved down for the winter yet (they’re known as “snowbirds” here in AZ), or they have other plans. Our family of eight is going it solo for Turkey Day this year. My husband suggested going out to eat for Thanksgiving, as we have in the past, but my preference is to cook at home as opposed to braving a crowded restaurant… Read more

November 14, 2018

I am fascinated by this profile of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She’s the only congresswoman to give birth three times while in office. Prior to the birth of her third child, she was the only congresswoman to give birth twice while in office, and prior to that, she was the first congresswoman to give birth while in office in over a decade! Additionally, her oldest son, Cole, has Down Syndrome. Not surprisingly, McMorris Rodgers also gets asked pointed questions about how… Read more

November 8, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. Is anyone else exhausted? Between Halloween, All Saint’s Day, my 38th birthday (November 3) and Election Day, I’m beat! Now Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means that Advent is quickly approaching. I know it’s hard for busy working moms to come up with easy but meaningful Advent activities to do with their kids, so I’ve compiled a few ideas I’ve found while tooling around… Read more

October 26, 2018

Exciting book news! I submitted my official headshot to OSV earlier this week. I hired a fellow CWM in my city (she used to be my kids’ DRE), and did a photoshoot with her last weekend. I was pleased with the result! Thanks, Margaret Planeta Photography! Even more exciting, I received word from my publisher late this week that the publishing committee has finalized the title of my book! The tentative title was: The Catholic Working Mother: Balancing Faith, Work,… Read more

October 25, 2018

It’s been yet another nasty election season, and I’m tired. Tired of the sniping and the attack ads and the nastiness and the outright lying. One of my local elections has had me particularly — I don’t even know what the word is. Disturbed? Frustrated? The race is between Dr. Hiral Tipirneni and Debbie Lesko. Per our local news: Tipirneni is facing former state Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, in the April 24 special election for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. The… Read more

October 19, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Fabian is an online friend of mine. We met via a Facebook due date group when we were both pregnant with our youngest daughters (my Laura was born January 2017; her Claire was born February 2017). She’s a small business owner as well as a mom, a member of my Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group, and the Republican candidate seeking election to the Colorado House of Representatives to represent District 18. You can read all about her and… Read more

October 17, 2018

October 17 marks the 10-year anniversary of my family’s arrival in Arizona, and I wanted to share the story about our leap of faith that led us here. In the fall of 2008, my husband and I faced a difficult decision. The recession had detrimentally affected both of our jobs. At the time, I was part of a dedicated team at my employer, serving a specific client — Lehman Brothers. Collin was working part-time in the evenings for a local… Read more

October 9, 2018

As I wrote a few days ago, my son turned five years old on October 7. Two weeks prior, I created birthday party invitations for all twelve of his preschool classmates. The next day, when I dropped my son off at preschool, I asked his teachers to put one in each child’s take-home folder. On the invitation, I asked parents to RSVP by October 5. By October 5, only four parents had RSVPed — three said yes, one said no…. Read more

October 5, 2018

My littlest boy, Peter David, turns five on Sunday. He came into this world in a great big hurry — my shortest labor to date, 90 minutes start to finish — and was very nearly born in the front seat of our minivan. Thankfully, we made it to the hospital just in the nick of time. He was also my biggest baby, weighing in at a whopping 9lbs, 0oz. My Peter was unique from all of my other babies in… Read more

October 2, 2018

My book manuscript was due October 1, and I sent it to my publisher at 11 PM on Sunday night. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh?) This project has been at the forefront of my mind since April, and it’s pretty much consumed my life since the beginning of August. For the last two months (except Labor Day weekend, when my husband and I went to Disneyland for our 17th wedding anniversary), I’ve been leaving the house every… Read more

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