Wrestling with God and Myself

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What a privilege it was to write a reflection for the My Sisters the Saints book club over at CatholicMom.com. The book, written by Colleen Carroll Campbell, has really touched, comforted, and challenged me. In fact, the night after I finished reading Chapter Two, the chapter I was assigned to write about, I couldn’t sleep. I toss and […]

Blind Instruments

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The first reading from 1 Samuel 3:3-10 from Sunday’s Mass is one of my favorites in all of Scripture, probably because it motivates me to meditate on a question I perpetually wrestle with: Lord, what do you WANT from me, anyway? Speak. Just speak, Lord, and tell me. I’m listening. I often get so frustrated because it’s almost […]

Born Again?

Born Again

Ever been asked that question? I was. Once. And my response tanked. That question and the reaction it provoked in me actually played a role in a “rebirthing” experience of my own. There’s a back story, and I share more about it in my latest post for CatholicMom.com (find it by clicking here). And the […]

Our 2014 Advent & Christmas Book List

2014 Advent & Christmas Read-Aloud Book List

A few truths about me: I love reading aloud to my kids. It’s my favorite way to “waste time” with them. I could spend all day in a library reading children’s books. Advent is my favorite liturgical season. In my home educator role, I’m learning that I’m energized when I can pick a little from here, […]

A Saint, A Jeweler, And a Perfect 10

10th Anniversary Wedding Present

Joel and I recently drove north to Minneapolis to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. What took us to Minneapolis, you may curiously ask? Well, it was to see The Jeweler’s Shop performed at Open Window Theatre. Open Window Theatre is an intimate, minimalist, Catholic — without being hit-you-over-the-head Catholic — swanky theater. Please, do click over […]

November Daybook

November daybook collage

Outside My Window … Even with falling leaves, bare trees, frosty mornings, and the extra work required to bundle up the kids, I think I love November about as much as October.  And wow, look at that there. The camera captured a smile from Jude! :) Giving Thanks … For my husband. We celebrated our tenth […]