Like most “good” Catholics I know, I love Mary (as in, the Blessed Virgin, or whatever title you refer to her as). I say good Catholics in quotes because it is almost a Catholic thing to love Mary, even if you don’t know her very well. But really, who among […]

a love like the Mother’s.

After three moves in just over three years – two of those moves across state lines – I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about how to efficiently move. Each time the move gets easier (please remind me of that if we have to move again at […]

moving and unpacking Hacks.

Almost without fail the following scenario happens when it has been a while since I’ve blogged: Think all day about finally, finally, finally getting to write a new blog. Happen upon 2-7 amazing, incredible, inspiring blog posts by other bloggers before my carved out writing time rolls around. Desire to write […]

hello, old Friends.

Last week was Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. Typically I’m one to join right in, praising NFP and how wonderful it is, but this year I didn’t. Instead, I sat back and read truth after truth about how hard NFP can be. I started charting years before I married Anthony. […]

sharing the Story.

If parenthood has taught me anything (and, believe me, it has taught me many things), it is how deep the Father’s love for us is. As Monkey learns more and more words, she continues to struggle with the difference between a need and a want. On some level she grasps […]

wants, needs, and the Father.

Before I got married I thought that you had to give 10% of your income to your local parish, no questions asked. It wasn’t until Anthony and I started talking more about tithing that I realized that your tithe doesn’t actually have to go completely to the parish. Don’t get me […]

thoughts on Tithing.

At this point in my life I’ve birthed two babies without any pain medicine whatsoever. It hurt and there’s a reason it is called labor, but in the last few weeks I’ve experienced an even more profound physical pain: kidney stones. I had one in college during finals week but […]

searing Pain.

Here’s what our ‘summer’ has looked like so far (also known as All The Reasons I Haven’t Blogged In Two Months): Pack up our {crummy} apartment in Boise. Drive to Denver from Boise. 13 hours in two days with two little kids and cars filled with…stuff. Spend two weeks in […]

summer Insanity.

Every so often when I’m really struggling as a parent, I wonder how God must view me. Do I ever act toward God the Father the way my kids act toward me? Most definitely. Recently Monkey had a particularly rough day. If she was upstairs, she’d cry about wanting to be […]

praying like my toddler Behaves.

My Daddy’s birthday is tomorrow and my way with words comes from him, so for his birthday, I’m writing him this blog post (oh, and he gets a gift from Monkey, too, but that comes later!). 🙂 I’ve spent a lot of time this year reflecting on fatherhood. I can’t […]

my daddy and the Father.

By time this blog publishes, we’ll have less than two weeks left before we leave Boise. When we moved up here we knew no one outside our team, and we had only spent a few weeks with them six weeks before we arrived in Boise. But now, well, now we […]

friends who have become Family.

The Triduum is here. But wait, where did Lent go? Wasn’t it just Ash Wednesday, like, yesterday? As we begin these holy days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and then EASTER! – I don’t have a huge insight on the struggle we are entering into. Instead, I’ve got […]

these holy Days.