Category: Family

Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

[ 2 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

Whether a woman is expecting her first child, or her fifteenth, pregnancy is filled with many emotions. There is joy and excitement mixed with anticipation and a little nervousness. All these emotions are appropriate, given the weight of what this new little life entails. Like mothers throughout time, I felt these slew of emotions during […]

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Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

[ 1 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

The other night at bedtime, I vowed not to read any stories to anyone who did not clean up their toys.  When they saw that there was no possible appeal of this horrible sentence, my children climbed up in the rocking chair together and read each other a story.  Even though they were conspiring to […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

[ 2 ] July 21, AD 2014 |

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking […]

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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

[ 1 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me. I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part of […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

On Polished Wedding Rings

[ 2 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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Whatever Isn’t Love

Whatever Isn’t Love

[ 7 ] June 24, AD 2014 |

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart […]

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So Much Time and So Little to Do

So Much Time and So Little to Do

[ 3 ] June 20, AD 2014 |

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.”  - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean, food to prepare, a few projects on the go, people to see or call, things […]

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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

The news is full of violence. It is hard not to become desensitized to the terrible ways humans treat humans. A recent story that really tore at my heart was the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends of the same age. The two girls, Morgan and Anissa, say they plotted the […]

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Celibates Make Great Parents

Celibates Make Great Parents

[ 8 ] June 1, AD 2014 |

There are a few things that I do every day. I brush my teeth. I drink a cup, or three, of coffee. I check my e-mail, and I kiss and pinch the cheeks of my two sons. As most parents would testify, I love my children. I love their laughs, their hugs. I love seeing […]

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Just Food Is Not Enough!

Just Food Is Not Enough!

[ 1 ] May 28, AD 2014 |

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several routines for feeding and sleeping from newborn to one year. I made little “cheat sheets” of printed out routines, ready to go and ready to follow. However, I started becoming […]

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Setting the Example

Setting the Example

[ 0 ] May 15, AD 2014 |

There’s a young couple at church that we like hanging out with.  They’re in their twenties and just starting out, but so smart and fun that they just are miles and years ahead of where we were at that age. They don’t treat us like the old fogeys we are, who wouldn’t like that? Last […]

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In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

[ 17 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

Divorce is an unnatural occurrence. At least, it should be. Unfortunately, we don’t all view marriage through the lens of the Church. We don’t all see marriage as an unbreakable commitment, a Sacrament, or a holy union created by God. Instead, in these modern times, many of us see it as a contract, an agreement, […]

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Easter Triduum Family Traditions

Easter Triduum Family Traditions

[ 1 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

This year, the biggest feast of Christendom happened to fall on the date of our parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. I find the coincidence fitting. The wedding of our parents forty years ago marked the beginning of the transmission of life and faith to us, their children. Among the happy family memories we recall together with […]

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Finding Our Place: An Update

Finding Our Place: An Update

[ 0 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

I thought I would take a moment to update you on a topic near and dear to my heart. Several weeks back, I wrote an article about finding a place for my family in terms of Young Adult/Family Activities at our local parish. I expressed a concern that, as a thirty year old mother with […]

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