Summer School!

Summer is here which means we just finished school, I shopped, and now we are starting our next school year! Woohoo! We homeschool year-round mostly for sanity’s sake, but also because we like to take our time to thoroughly celebrate holidays and vacation whenever we want. We’ve fallen into a pretty good routine over the…

Bathroom Renovations

One of the first things you notice about a 1960s home is bathroom tile. Luckily by the time we got into our home, the bright blue bathtub was already painted white, even if the matching sinks remained. Each of our bathrooms had tiny tiled floors and about four feet of tile up the walls and…

Pro-Life Apologies

We Marched for Life with our kids for the first time last week. On a bright, sunny, beautiful day we gathered on the rolling hill below the Richmond Capitol with children picnicking, families laughing and greeting one another, and passionate individuals expressing their outrage over recent anti-life laws and bills. They held signs saying, “You…

Happily Filled

I thought that by the time our youngest turned one people would be used to seeing my entourage, but most outings result in at least one random person saying, “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!” and even sometimes someone asks me if we are done having children now. Thanks. My kids love being told they’re…

When people fail you…

So many tough questions have been asked after these failures. “How can you raise your kids Catholic?” “Why are you still Catholic?” Stop you in your tracks, tough questions. Usually they come from others. Lately,  they are from within myself. I can’t finish the primary source documents published– unfathomable content of the abuse itself and…

Me, Taylor Swift and Jesus

Uh yes, this post is going to be about Taylor Swift… because she sings my new mom anthem: Now my kids ask for the song about why we can’t have nice stuff when we spill things or break things. And also lecture one another when they go back and forth about “he said, she said.”…

Milestone Birthday: My 30th Birthday

It wasn’t until the last half an hour of being in my 20s that I worried about the significance of turning 30. Everyone else in the house was sleeping. I was reading in pajamas. The panic of the world slowly started creeping in… Have I accomplished enough? Is this really how I should be spending…

Real Life Mercy

You are cruising along the highway, happily distracted by music and conversation, occasionally checking the median. Suddenly, time begins moving in slow motion as you see the patrol car, try to brake, only to watch the officer pull out and follow you. Finally, he turns on his lights and you frantically start praying that he…

Motherhood in Holy Week

We started the Triduum eating pizza in our car in the church parking lot. We took three bathroom breaks before we made it into the pew for Holy Thursday Mass. Between bilingual readings, two more bathroom breaks, and a sleepy baby, it was…a challenge… to stay focused and enter the Passion fully. We explained the…

When I Was Peter

I’ve been trying to use my fourth maternity leave as a retreat (ironic, right?). But, really, I am trying to take advantage of a clear calendar and an excuse to have slow, homebound days as the opportunity for renewal. Sweet baby #4 came right before Lent started, so I have extra motivation to start a…