The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game

Luke-and-Jane

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An ancient history professor went to the hospital to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child. While the baby was born, the professor’s expression never changed. The child was put in the arms of his mother. Still the professor’s countenance never changed. The family moved from the delivery room to the post delivery room. Still the man’s face didn’t change; it remained bland. A nurse noticed this and asked him to go into the hall while they examined the baby. In the hall she asked the professor, thoughtfully, “What name will you give the baby?” He replied, “Theophilus.” . . . → Read More: The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game

Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

At home Stations of the Cross

Note: This post originally published last year during Lent, and I’m updating it just a tad and republishing. I’ve seen a few “how to pray the Stations with your children” posts floating around social media lately, and I simply want to share something that works well in our home. . . . → Read More: Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

Soup and Stories: 40 Days, 40 Bowls of Soup

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Highlights of a Lenten blog series we’ve got cooking here at Das Schmidt Haus called Soup & Stories. . . . → Read More: Soup and Stories: 40 Days, 40 Bowls of Soup

Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom

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We were scheduled to lead a young couples event at a parish in eastern Iowa today. We’ve been defeated by the weather once again this winter and were not able to travel due to the snow. But all is not lost. We share with you, dear readers, a portion of our presentation titled “Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom: The Beatitudes of Healthy Marriages.” Please keep in mind the target audience was young married couples with one or more little ones at home. . . . → Read More: Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom

The Symbolism of My Pink Shoes

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I think one of the most beneficial outcomes of this 7×7 blogging challenge is it serves as a blogging closet clean-out of sorts, an opportunity to finish some of those half-finished posts collecting dust in this blog’s queue. Some of them … well, they bore me now and I send those packing. There are a few others that still light a little fire under me, so I’m saving those in hopes of freshening them up and publishing. This is one such post.

I started writing this on Thursday, July 30, 2013 at precisely 9:19AM right before our family left for Conception Abbey & Seminary College for Joel’s week-long diaconate formation summer . . . → Read More: The Symbolism of My Pink Shoes

How McDonald’s Shakes are Bad for Dogs

Sophie Sunbathing

** Disclaimer: Some details may or may not have been exaggerated in the retelling of this story. ** I know I’m not the only one going a bit stir crazy and itching for the first glimpse of spring. I hear people talking about “this crazy winter” nearly everywhere I go. Has it been colder or snowier than normal this winter where you live? It sure feels that way here in Iowa. Because it’s been so cold here, getting out, even to go deposit a check at the bank, requires bundling up kids like this: . . . → Read More: How McDonald’s Shakes are Bad for Dogs

Why I Love My Wife, Volume 3

Lisa and Lydia

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to read from 1 Corinthians for a friend’s wedding. I’ve never really heard it or read it the same way since. It’s the standard to which we should hold ourselves, particularly as a married couple and parents. It’s a high standard, but so much depends upon how well we love. We directly impact the salvation of our spouses and children by how well we measure up to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. So, how’s my lovely wife doing? . . . → Read More: Why I Love My Wife, Volume 3

Snow, Sisters, Surrender, and a Second Birthday

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Since it’s been months since I’ve shared a {pretty, happy, funny, real} post and the photos are piling up in iPhoto, another round of {phfr} hosted by Like Mother, Like Daughter seems in order. The link-up closes in 12 hours, 52 minutes, so let’s get going! . . . → Read More: Snow, Sisters, Surrender, and a Second Birthday

Pray, Work, Rest and Play: God Bless This Ordinary Time

Benedict and JoseMaria Escriva

The Church, like families, has Ordinary Time, and in many ways, it’s those ordinary times that are most important for families. I actually started writing this post on the first Sunday in Ordinary Time. And here I am nearly two weeks later trying to finish and publish. My ordinary life has kicked into high gear. Here’s a snapshot of how we’re balancing these first days in ordinary time with prayer, work, rest, and play. . . . → Read More: Pray, Work, Rest and Play: God Bless This Ordinary Time

Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Savoring the Respite

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A much needed postpartum respite and lying-in period, a worldwide novena for cancer patients, menu planning advice, and showing off mama’s new camera! All this and more in this edition of Pray, Work, Rest & Play. . . . → Read More: Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Savoring the Respite