“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.” – Psalm 34:19 The baby youngest toddler (what?!) has been especially fussy lately. I’d chalk it up to teething but I’ve been saying that since she was five and a half months old and here we are at […]

come to Me.


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I remember when I took my first job in youth ministry. For some reason this moment, this conversation comes back to me time and time again, a memory perfectly etched in my mind. My mentor told me how transitional my life was at the time: I had a boyfriend, not […]

holy Unsettled.


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Each year I blog about my monthly goals for the upcoming year. In years past, I’ve found that breaking it down to monthly goals is more successful – and attainable – than a yearly resolution. I’ll be honest, I haven’t looked at my goals for 2017 since, uh, February. So […]

onward and Upward.



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Just in case my Pinterest board (or last week’s post) doesn’t make it obvious enough…I’ve totally hopped on the saint peg doll bandwagon, and since 50 (yes, fifty) male pegs just showed up at my door (thanks, Amazon Prime!), I clearly have no intention of stopping anytime soon. Why? Simple: I […]

saint peg dolls 101.


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It is no secret that lately I’ve become a bit obsessed with making saint peg dolls for my girls. It won’t be long until the fine folks at Michael’s (because Hobby Lobby is a 35 minute drive away!) becomes like an episode of Cheers because they’ll all know my name. A […]

better than your dream House.


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It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn about God the Father by raising children of my own. And to think, I only have two kids, and two young kids at that – how much I still have to learn! Lately our two year old has been struggling with new […]

crying for Help.



“Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.” -Matthew 8:24 If you’ll recall, Jesus and His disciples had gotten out into a boat. Then, all of a sudden, there is a crazy, violent storm that erupts. […]

sleeping Jesus.


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“He got into a boat and his disciples followed him.” -Matthew 8:23 Plain. Simple. Straight to the point. The disciples weren’t whiny toddlers complaining about the size, color, or shape of the boat. The disciples weren’t overtired parents wishing they could get just five more minutes of sleep. When it […]

followed Him.


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…I thee wed. The ring that Anthony gave me on the day he proposed isn’t the ring that binds us, and I love that. I never had, nor did I want to have, my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. I wanted them to be separate because, at least […]

with this Ring…



There is something I often have to catch myself at as we raise two children: they are individuals, not just a group of kids. It sounds simple enough to remember, but often times I think of them as one thing, one task to manage, love, raise, and teach. Rather, they […]

not just a face in the Crowd.


This morning during daily Mass, my family and I sat in the first pew. As the priests were processing in, I didn’t stand up. For those of you non-Catholic readers out there, that is a normal time in the so-called ‘Catholic aerobics’ to stand up. From someone’s vantage point in […]

baseball, football, and understanding it All.


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I’ve long since thought the world could use more silence, ever since studying the desert fathers in my early theology classes. As it is, we get so little chance for silence in our world today. The hubbub of traffic, earbuds, computers, phones, and the like prevent us from really entering […]

on Silence.