Finally Understanding the Father

When I was growing up, a lot of the readings and parables we heard at Mass and in religious education didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I could listen and hear Jesus’ explanation of the parables, or the priest’s discussion of what it meant, but I still didn’t quite get it. To be…

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Seven Quick Takes Friday: Suburban Farming, Dancing in the Park, Soccer Awards, and a Great Bedtime Story

Welcome to Seven Quick Takes Friday, hosted by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary. Be sure to go over to check out all the other Quick Takers this week! ~one~ Our family has been working on our garden again. It’s year 2 of Project Yummy Veggies, and so far, things look pretty good. Our tomato plants…

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Lawn Chair Catechism 2.0: Week 1: Laying a Firm Foundation

Welcome to the first installment of this year’s Lawn Chair Catechism, the brainchild of the amazing ladies at CatholicMom.com! This year, we’ll be using A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe by Joe Paprocki as our basis for this discussion. You don’t need to have the book to join…

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Writing Elsewhere: Gospel Reflections

Today, I’m featured at CatholicMom.com’s Gospel Reflections page, contemplating the Gospel for today’s Mass: Today’s Gospel: John 16:5-11 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that it is time for Him to leave; He is about to ascend to the Father. Although He promises to send the Advocate (the Holy Spirit), his disciples are still…

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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields John McCrae, 1915. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were…

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Memorial Day Yummies

Happy Memorial Day! I know lots of people like cooking out today, and our family will be doing so with our parish priest this evening. Aside from ribs (BBQ and rub), we’ll be having burgers and hot dogs, with an option for chili, plus a side dish of Mac Daddy Salad in addition to the…

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Sunday Funnies: Dreams

My kids have the greatest sense of humor! Let me give you an example of the hilarity that goes on in our house on a regular basis. I was driving with the kids Friday afternoon, and I told them about this horrible nightmare I had in which Nathan was killed in an accident. I said,…

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There’s No Quick Fix to Relationships

I’m in the midst of my 11th year of homeschooling, and I have a newly-Confirmed teen in my home. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this for so long! When we moved from the Orlando area to southwest Virginia, our lives changed in a lot of ways. We were no longer near family, we…

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Alero Ad Banned for Being Too Awesome!

Last night, Nathan listed his 2003 Olds Alero on Craig’s List, and we’ve already had 3 people inquire about it this morning. At the same time, some people seem to have been threatened by the awesomeness of this listing and flagged it for removal. While Nathan re-lists the car, I thought I would share his…

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