Could you live in a “tiny house?”

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We recently watched the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small on Netflix and can’t stop thinking about it. No, not contemplating packing up and moving into a tiny house like the one pictured above any time soon. But we are left pondering how to live “small” in the space we occupy.

It’s the topic of my latest post at CatholicMom.com. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Head on over here to read and ponder with me.

“Framily” Ties

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Joel and I were recently reviewing stats from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2013-14 study of permanent deacons. Take a guess — what’s the average age of deacons in the United States of America? How many are in their 40s like Joel? I won’t spill the beans here, but if you’re curious, head on over to my latest post at CatholicMom.com where I’ve provided a snapshot of the age demographics. I also reflect a bit on how we’ve even gotten through this journey with small kiddos at home.

Looking back, God’s brought people, “framily” as I call them, into our lives throughout the entire formation process. When God asks you to . . . → Read More: “Framily” Ties

Welcoming the Immigrant Among Us

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Some political issues remain simply political until they visibly impact the lives of those around us. Then suddenly we recognize them as issues of human dignity. My latest column for CatholicMom, a “World View Wednesday” post, revisits one such situation: immigration reform. Truth be told, immigration reform was once just a bunch of talking points that affected a group of people. But then something happened to shake that up. Immigration reform became no longer just about “those people,” but rather, a topic that deeply affected people I knew — fellow parishioners and community members. . . . → Read More: Welcoming the Immigrant Among Us

7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short

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It’s two days late and several dollars short of anything worth value, but hey, here’s another round of 7 Quick Takes Friday. . . . → Read More: 7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short

Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes

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“Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis. Bridge building can be hazardous, huh? Just take a look at what happened to the peace doves Pope Francis released while, ironically, praying for peace in the Ukraine where violent protests have raged since late November. The moment provided a bit of inspiration for my latest piece at CatholicMom.com. . . . → Read More: Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes

Am I Playing My Drum for Jesus or Myself?

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Is there a hobby, gift, or talent that has changed your life? Ever had to let go of it only to discover God was calling you to share the gift differently? It’s the question I pose at the end of my latest column for CatholicMom.com. I would be honored if you clicked on over and joined the discussion. . . . → Read More: Am I Playing My Drum for Jesus or Myself?

#SmallSuccess: I Think I Can, I Think I Can

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It’s Small Success Thursday hosted at CatholicMom.com where we stop to recognize the blessings and successes of this week. . . . → Read More: #SmallSuccess: I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Celebrating Small Successes: What-a-Week!

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It’s Small Success Thursday hosted at CatholicMom.com where we stop to recognize the blessings and successes of this week. . . . → Read More: Celebrating Small Successes: What-a-Week!

Kicking off the “Small Steps” Blog Tour

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I am honored to host the blog tour kickoff for the newest book in the CatholicMom.com Book series, Small Steps for Catholic Moms, by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss. It’s a perfect prayer companion for busy moms. Learn more about this terrific spiritual companion and enter to win a copy! . . . → Read More: Kicking off the “Small Steps” Blog Tour

The Lost Art of the Handwritten Thank You Note

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Over the past few weeks, I have received what I consider rare treasures — handwritten thank you notes from a few family members and friends. I consider them rare as more often than not, notes of gratitude received these days tend to be delivered by way of email and Facebook. Looks like I’m not alone. According to the U.S. Postal Service’s annual survey, the average home only received a personal letter once every seven weeks in 2010, down from once every two weeks in 1987. . . . → Read More: The Lost Art of the Handwritten Thank You Note