February 27, 2019

I posted this book update on my Facebook page and in the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group, but I just realized I haven’t posted the news here yet! I have a release date for my book: May 28, 2019! I’m so thrilled to have a release day that has such deep personal significance to me — it’s my oldest daughter’s baptism anniversary (5/28/2005) and the day before my First Holy Communion & Confirmation anniversary (5/29/2003). My middle daughter has her… Read more

February 20, 2019

A year ago today, I experienced my second layoff in less than a year. My first layoff, from my job of eight years, occurred in April 2017; I started a new job in July 2017 and was subsequently laid off again the following February. The same week I was laid off, my husband was offered a new job that included a significant pay raise, so we mutually decided that I’d take a break from the workforce for a while. Part… Read more

February 14, 2019

In early 2007, my daughter Elanor, who had just turned two, was attending a local daycare center in our city. Around the beginning of February, the director of the center told me that they were going to have a Valentine’s Day party on February 14. All of the kids from the toddlers on up were going to make valentines for each other, and they wanted each child to bring in a homemade valentine box. I inwardly winced; I knew I… Read more

February 11, 2019

A member of Catholic Working Mothers posted this in the group today (post and pictures shared with her permission): A card came in the mail today and my address was printed onto it. The card was stuffed with a bunch of gift cards and a receipt for them—totaling over $200 but to places I’ve never heard of. There was a receipt too. The websites for these cards seem to indicate they are real and valid but again, all places I’d… Read more

February 9, 2019

Spoiler: She doesn’t teach that mothers can’t work outside the home. Read more

January 31, 2019

This is a guest post by Laurel Whitworth at Aquinas and More. Sunday school and/or religious education crafts and activities are a great way to get your students involved in class and encourage lifelong engagement with the teachings of Scripture.Activities should not distract children from the message of their religious education. Instead, they should help them retain your lessons by making them memorable and fun. These fun activities can be used to help you plan your classes and help children understand… Read more

January 27, 2019

Supporters of New York State’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA) claim it was needed because, prior to its passage, New York law required mothers “to carry dead babies to term” or similar verbiage. Here are some examples of these claims that I’ve seen on Facebook: There are online articles making this claim as well. One example is this piece on Upworthy: “It is possible to be morally pro-life and politically pro-choice at the same time.” In the article, they claim: I’ve… Read more

January 16, 2019

Several weeks ago* I was contacted by Sophia Institute Press and asked if I would like a review copy of “Around the Year With the von Trapp Family,” and I was thrilled to accept. I love The Sound of Music as well as the tales of the real von Trapp family; I read Maria von Trapp’s autobiography several years ago and found it fascinating. Maria von Trapp wasn’t only a former governess turned singing sensation, she was also a devout… Read more

January 4, 2019

It’s the feast day of one of my favorite Catholic working mothers today: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. My middle daughter’s middle name is Elizabeth partially in her honor (and to my delight, my daughter has chosen St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as her confirmation saint as well!). What I love about St. Elizabeth, also called Mother Seton, is her ability to adapt. Her life did a complete 180-degree turnaround from what she thought it would be like, but she survived and… Read more

December 27, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Judging by my Facebook feed, it was a popular gift this year! I keep seeing posts asking for favorite or tried-and-true Instant Pot recipes. Typically I will just link my Instant Pot Pinterest board in reply, or my post from last year about how much I love my Instant Pot, but I have pinned or linked a lot of… Read more

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