Daughters, Fathers and the Activities that Strengthen our Relationships

Dad and me at Chicago Cubs game

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

Lucy Homeschool - Year 2

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

Lucy skates - blue court backdrop

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 […]

Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

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Marriage is a lot like a roller coaster, fun and exhilarating, but also full of twists and turns, loops and corkscrews. So how does a marriage survive while routinely being thrown off track?

What’s one thing you can do to strengthen your marriage this summer, to lower the lap bar and fasten the seat belt so to speak? We share a few ideas; what are yours?

10 Things I Love About Daddy

Lucy and Daddy drawing

Dr. Meg Meeker says, “Dads: You are your daughter’s first love.” That’s certainly true for a five-year-old girl hanging around these parts. My daughter Lucy and I were making homemade cards for Father’s Day last week, and I asked her to tell me ten things she loved about her daddy. Here is what she said. 1. […]

The Gift of Holy Hospitality

Summer in the little oratory

While we all have a role in welcoming people into our homes, it seems some people are empowered to do so in a special way, doesn’t it? People who have this gift, or charism, are energized by the very act of caring for others and providing food, shelter, and friendship. Do these thoughts bring to mind a person, maybe even a family, supercharged with this charism of hospitality? I have a family in mind who bleeds it, holy hospitality that is.

Bringing the Monastic into My Domestic: Summer in the Little Oratory

Holy Family - Monastery Road

Oratory. Ever heard of that word? Until a few years ago, I wasn’t familiar with it, and believe it or not, I actually remember my first encounter with it. It was July 2010, our first trip to Conception Abbey in Missouri for Joel’s weeklong summer diaconate formation classes. While attending the initial all-you-need-to-know-for-the-week type of meeting, […]