A Welcome Grace

A Welcome Grace

Exploring the Facets of Modern Motherhood with an Open Heart


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Ordinary World: The Gen-X Rock Musical We All Need

Ordinary World: The Gen-X Rock Musical We All Need

I have had an epiphany, friends.  It’s probably the best musical theater idea ever and whoever picks up on it is gonna make a killing.  Unfortunately, while I enjoy musical theater and would love to perform it, I don’t have the chops or I’d do […]

When Kids Cry in Church

When Kids Cry in Church

Guess what, moms and dads — kids cry in church!  Shocking, isn’t it?  I know.  It’s even been confirmed by Pope Francis!  Who knew?  Yes, friend.  Children fuss and cry and flail around and poop their pants and spit up all over everything…IN CHURCH!!  Can […]

2019 Highlight Reel: A Year in Review

2019 Highlight Reel: A Year in Review

Since we are only just a smidge over a week into 2020, I am calling it perfectly acceptable to still do a 2019 rewind.  I know, I know.  Most people do that kind of stuff in the day or two surrounding New Year’s Eve and […]

New Year, Same Me

New Year, Same Me

In a few short hours, a new year…a new decade…will dawn.  Is it really possible that it’s going to be 2020?  All signs point to yes, but still.  I have a hard enough time believing that the 90s weren’t just a decade ago, but 20 […]

An Advent of Peace

An Advent of Peace

Never would I have believed it if someone had told me 10 years ago that a two-day, 638-mile road trip with my family of six could be peaceful.  Truly, that sounds horrible to me!  Yet, here I am with day two well underway.  Rain is […]

An Advent of Joy

An Advent of Joy

“Happy birthday, Baby Jesus!” I whispered to myself through clenched teeth.  Of course, while the words were pleasant enough, the tone inside my head was considerably…not.  This is supposed to be the joyful week of Advent, I thought.  But if these children keep bickering on […]

Christmas Past: The One Where God Used His Powers

Christmas Past: The One Where God Used His Powers

Maybe it’s the fact that our second kid in as many weeks is down with a nasty stomach bug.  Or maybe it’s that in 10 short days, we’ll be celebrating Christmas with my parents, siblings, sibs-in-law, nieces and nephews.  Actually, I guess you could say […]

An Advent of Love

An Advent of Love

This week, we light the second candle on our Advent wreaths.  To the Hope we found last week, now we add an Advent of Love.  Love of the Father who sent us His Son.  Love of the Son who humbled himself to be born into […]

An Advent of Hope

An Advent of Hope

Hope.  Such a short word; such earth-shaking meaning.  It inspires us, lightens our loads, carries us onward.  Hand in hand with faith, Hope draws us out of ourselves and into something greater.  And in this first week of Advent, our focus on Hope brings us […]

A Million Little Thank Yous

A Million Little Thank Yous

Do you ever get so concerned with the big picture that you miss what is right under your nose?  I know I do.  Especially around the big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we moms have a tendency to think big all the time.  We need […]