Desperate for Respite – Event for Families with Special Needs

Special Needs Ministry

While this post is intended for our Des Moines area readers, I’m sharing it here because Joel and I so often hear from families with special needs who simply desire and need a bit more support from their local parishes. Collectively, there is a sense that our Church can and should do better. But how? It truly […]

Join Me in this Lenten Google Hangout

Google-Hangouts-logo

Pope Francis had fun with a Google+ hangout recently, why not me? And you, too! Please consider joining fellow CatholicMom.com contributors Lisa Hendey, Sarah A. Reinhard, Jared Dees and me next Monday (Presidents’ Day – 12PM eastern time/11AM central) as we participate in a hangout and explore ways to bring Lent to life in our […]

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?

Pledge to Rest

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 […]

November Daybook

November daybook collage

Outside My Window … Even with falling leaves, bare trees, frosty mornings, and the extra work required to bundle up the kids, I think I love November about as much as October.  And wow, look at that there. The camera captured a smile from Jude! :) Giving Thanks … For my husband. We celebrated our tenth […]