Category: Family Life

Who WERE these grown up kids?  And can I keep them?

Who WERE these grown up kids? And can I keep them?

I’m not sure whose kids stayed at my house this weekend, but I’d respectfully request that they move in permanently. Wait.  What?  What’s that you say? You mean these were actually my own children?  These amazing humans who were self-reliant, pleasant, helpful, sweet, and hilarious…were […]

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

Finding Joy in the Teen Years

I recently Googled “parenting teens” just to see what would come up. To my complete lack of surprise, here are some of the articles that popped up on the first page: Dealing with Difficult Teens 5 Mistakes Parents Make with Teens A Parent’s Guide to […]

A Letter to My Kids: School Shootings

A Letter to My Kids: School Shootings

Hey, Kiddos: Wow.  The last time I wrote to you all here on the blog was back in August when all the craziness went down in Charlottesville.  I wish I had better things to write about now, but you all know what happened past week.  […]

From Dentists & Cavities, Braces & Wisdom Teeth, Good Lord Deliver Me

From Dentists & Cavities, Braces & Wisdom Teeth, Good Lord Deliver Me

January 2018 was the Month of Teeth and I AM OVER IT. Oh, my sweet heavens, people.  I am not even kidding.  This month, between my kids and myself, we have visited the dentist and/or orthodontist…wait for it…NINE TIMES.  NINE!! That’s basically one trip to […]

A Lesson in Love and Reality from a Weekend Away

A Lesson in Love and Reality from a Weekend Away

Last weekend, Greg and I went for a short getaway.  We like to do that every so often.  I’ve written before about why and how we make it happen, and it’s something that really works well for us in our marriage.  These trips we take […]

Baby, It’s (freaking) COLD Outside!

Baby, It’s (freaking) COLD Outside!

OK.  Fine.  I’ll admit it. While I am a Midwest girl born and raised, I have lived in either Arizona or Florida for the last 18 1/2 years and… MY BLOOD HAS THINNED OUT, PEOPLE! Yes, go ahead and gloat all you want my loved […]

Here’s to Loving Our Own Holy Families in 2018

Here’s to Loving Our Own Holy Families in 2018

In the Catholic Church, yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Family.  Every year on the Sunday after Christmas, we celebrate that God chose to be born into a family.  He chose to enter into our world as a child, to have parents, to live […]

Sounds of the Season — A Musical Roundup

Sounds of the Season — A Musical Roundup

For your very much listening enjoyment, friends, I have put together some awesome playlists! All different sounds and genres are included, so I really hope you’ll find something you like.  Feel free to follow and and all of them.  Enjoy! Advent Music I have been […]

Entertaining Angels: Christian Hospitality at the Holidays

Entertaining Angels: Christian Hospitality at the Holidays

Let me tell you a little story. Maybe you’ve heard it before, but stick with me. There once was a lovely couple expecting a baby. For reasons beyond their control, they had to go on a long and difficult journey right before the woman was to […]

The Beauty of a Both-And Christmas

The Beauty of a Both-And Christmas

One of my favorite things about Christmas is how easy it is to combine FAITH and FUN. Honestly, at what other time of year can you BOTH praise God for the wonder of the Incarnation AND welcome a jolly fat man down your chimney?  Or […]