Shop Fair Trade and Give Gifts That Give Twice

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Psst! You. Yes, you. Have you heard? Christmas is nearing. See. I know, I know. I hear your collective groans through this digital space. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Shoot, it’s not even Halloween yet! What’s the rush, Schmidt? How about you prayerfully enter into Advent before mentioning Christmas!  Touché. But may I please have some latitude […]

The Challenge of Catholic Evangelization

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Note from Lisa: This post is written by my über-talented friend Tom Quiner, a Des Moines musician and composer, who has written a new musical, The Wedding at Cana. This musical is designed for musical dinner theater. What a novel concept, eh? And you could bring this production to your neck of the woods as well. […]

A Comforting Image for Those Experiencing Pregnancy/Infant Loss

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I stumbled on this painting “To the Unknown Land,” by Edmund Blair Leighton and find it so comforting. A grieving mother weeps on the shore as an angel safely carries away her child. Isn’t it stunning? I found this painting via Restored Traditions, who collects and digitally restores beautiful works of art and makes them available […]

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, a phrase that certainly rings true for me. I probably carry Dad in my heart even more today, five years later. September 30, […]

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.

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 […]