baby proof
Recently our daughter was playing in the kitchen while I cleaned up dinner. At this point there are only two drawers that aren’t child-proofed. Those two drawers are where we keep all of her dishes and things, and she’s free to pull them out and play with them as she […]

baby-proofing and life Lessons.

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When I was working full-time I was not the best cook. I knew a few meals (many of which came out of a box) and rotated those quite frequently. I’d go grocery shopping and pick up some staples, but I’d usually be back at the store a few days later […]

pinching pennies and eating Extravagantly.

Sometimes in life, the Good Lord puts it on our hearts and on our conscience to say something to someone, even if that something to be said is difficult. However, just because it is on your heart/conscience to say something, doesn’t mean you can bulldoze over someone under the guise […]

clearing the Conscience.

Our monthly budget – a single Catholic school teacher’s salary – would be a lot easier if I weren’t taking out 10% of it off the top every month. In our budgeting program, tithing is the first thing we budget for, even before our mortgage. It is hard to see […]

it isn’t Ours.

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For far too long I put off editing the book. I’ve talked about it, written about it, dreamed about it, and then let it sit around, completely untouched. I kept making the excuse that I just didn’t have the time, so it never happened. When the new year came around, […]

book Update!

Lately I’ve been struggling to pray for things I want. It is easy to pray for others and their various intentions, but praying for what I want is increasingly difficult. Above all, I want God’s will to be done in my life. But what if what I think I want […]

let the cup Pass.

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One sunny weekend, a few months ago, my husband, my daughter, and I went out for a walk on a local trail. On our way back to our car, we were caught up in a conversation when a pair of Mormon missionaries rode up to us on their bikes and pulled over to […]

stepping out of the Boat.

A common theme I’ve seen in conversations and debates about birth control is the idea that something about a woman needs to be “fixed”. Whether it is irregular periods, acne, painful periods, or fertility in general, birth control promises to “fix” such issues. If going on birth control is going […]

not Broken.

Sacred Heart of Jesus
God sent His Son to die for us. TRUE. However, God didn’t send His son merely to die for us. If Jesus were sent only to die, purely to die, then why couldn’t He have just died the day after His birth? Why live? Why suffer? Why preach and teach and […]

not just to Die.

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“Teach my song to rise to You when temptation comes my way. When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You, Jesus You’re my hope and stay.” – Matt Maher’s Lord, I Need You It was a quiet Friday night as I made my way to my weekly date night with Jesus. […]

when comes Temptation.

the impending quiet
I love Holy Week. It is one of my favorite times of the year, so rich in beautiful liturgies, so profound in the way it changes who we are as it reminds us of Christ’s death. Last year I missed almost all of Holy Week since Monkey was about a […]

impending Quiet.

Each year I set goals for every month of the year and I post them on the blog to hold myself accountable. Since we are about three months into the year, here’s where I stand: January: Two nights a week, after Monkey is in bed, spend at least an hour editing/re-writing […]

holding myself Accountable.