Daughters, Fathers and the Activities that Strengthen our Relationships

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I’ve heard it said that daughters carry their fathers with them even when they aren’t around. Today is the anniversary of my father’s death, so that phrase is on my mind today, one that certainly rings true for me. I probably carry Dad in my heart even more today, five years later. September 30, 2009, seems […]

Thirsting for Holy Leisure: Our Decision to Homeschool

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When we started this journey, I’m not sure that Joel or I would have been able to even defend our choice to homeschool. So WHY, indeed are we even doing this? When the going gets crazy, and it did and does, what’s the overarching goal that we can come back to, to help us reset and regroup rather than prematurely throw in the towel? Well here’s a little behind our WHY, and it’s what I come back to when the going gets tough.

Being Deacon: Not Quite Ready for Primetime

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  It’s been a few weeks since I was ordained a permanent deacon. After four years of deacon formation, there were still some things for which I was not totally prepared. Here are seven … Quick Takes style. — 1 — Everything — A good friend of mine, Deacon Andrew pictured with me above, was […]

Six! The Year of the Roller Skates

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Six years ago today, at about at 2:00 in the morning, I labored our first-born child, a daughter we named Lucy, into this world. September 1, 2008, was also the first Monday in September, or Labor Day as we celebrate it here in the United States of America. I labored on Labor Day. I love that […]

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Healing Retreat

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Friends, the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Ministry resources for our diocese continue to expand. We are grateful to announce yet another opportunity for couples who have experienced any type of pregnancy or infant loss. A healing retreat for couples will be held in Des Moines on Saturday, October 4 @ St. Pius X Catholic Church […]

Ordination Highlight Reel!

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Ordination. That one word pretty much sums up this past week. Well, I better add another word: illness. Of course, right? Last week leading up to Saturday’s ordination, Joel came down with food poisoning. I, the one who rarely gets sick, caught the flu bug and was down for the count for two whole days. All three […]

Filling My Spiritual Tank

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I’m trying something new here and linking up with Five Minute Friday.  Here’s the gist of FMF: a writing prompt is given and then I write about it for five minutes. It’s meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Let me add, I shall not worry about judgment […]