Turns out I *like* rocks (& the “Rock-Bottom” book too)

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It didn’t start out bizarre. It was just a Sunday, one where we were scrambling out the door, I was sidetracked by computer stuff (for the parish, no less), and I had a catechist lunch afterward but hadn’t planned for transportation. No big deal. In fact, the desserts at the lunch were by my favorite […]

“Light the Night” Became REALLY Personal


Last week, I mentioned that I’m joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” walk and I asked for your support with both prayers and funds. But now, now it’s personal. Meet the woman we called Nini. She impacted a lot of lives in her 82 years, and there aren’t a lot of dry eyes […]

My 3 Go-To Meals (or, even a lazy mom can have clean-platers)


Normally, I would skip posting today and call it good, especially given the fact that fair is going on and VBS preparation is underway (and someone you know is running our parish’s VBS this year) and the Confirmation retreat is coming and hey! It’s summer! Which means chaos! But then Jen has to say something […]

Quick Takes of the Tall Corn Variety

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Look! Two weeks in a row! Well, don’t get tooooo used to that… — 1 — I’m trying to be more weekly about my giveaways. I mean, I can’t read all these books, so I might as well share them, right? If you haven’t entered, today’s the last day for this one: — 2 — OK, […]

Trees Falling, Books Read, Other Randomness

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It’s been a while since I’ve played in the Quick Takes sandbox, so here goes… — 1 — The highlight of my week: meeting up with Julie Davis of Happy Catholic fame. No, I didn’t leave Ohio. No, she didn’t leave Texas. This is IN REAL LIFE in a great new way, I’m telling you. Lunch with […]

Tips for Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist

tips for child's first visit to dentist

By Aaron Schulman It is normal as a parent to be nervous about taking a young child to the dentist for the first time.  How will they react?  Will they be traumatized?  Will I be able to handle the situation?  All of these are valid questions and concerns.  With a little bit of thought and […]

Should NFP Be Easy? {Mom to Mom}

mom to mom series

Today it’s a pleasure to host another special “Mom to Mom” post. And it’s not an easy topic…so I’m glad *I* am not the one to tackle it… Update: NFP stands for Natural Family Planning. Learn more from the USCCB and the Couple to Couple League. By Jennifer Fitz When we were younger, NFP was more difficult.  […]

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