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, […]

Why Rest On Thanksgiving If Not Every Sunday?

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Maybe you’ve seen the following image floating about social media lately? We agree. And we get it. We both have siblings who work in retail, and we understand the conflict that occasionally arises when choosing between providing for and celebrating with your family. And while we appreciate the push for a Thanksgiving Day fast from consumerism, it seems like […]

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 […]

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 […]