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…

Home Sweet New Home: Living Spaces

Moving into our new home was a whirlwind! With just three days between closing and move-in, I spent my time packing until the last minute, while hubby taught himself how to refinish all of our wood floors- and then completed the project before we brought our furniture over! Add some international travel and the birth…

Our Great Escape: NYC and DC

Our tradition of intense preparation for upcoming babies continues– babymoon was a success! Thanks to awesome grandparents, hubby and I ran away for a long weekend in New York City and Washington DC. After our trip to Europe this summer (blogged here, but not completely…yet…), we threw away all of our family friendly travel habits…

Being Christian When I Don’t Want To…

This year has been a year of resurrection. As always, the chaos of daily life seems to coincide with chaos in my spiritual life. While moving, finding out we were pregnant, going to Europe, homeschooling three kids, and still working– I had gotten stuck. There was one relationship that just wasn’t working and the problem…

Family Travel Tip: Food Rules

You haven’t really lived until you’re running through an Italian train station with you backpack on, duffel bag swung across your body, and a two-year-old hitting you on the forehead screaming because he wants to run for the train by himself. Thankfully, aside from some delayed motion sickness, that really was the hardest part of…

When the kids get too quiet…

Sometimes the silence is a bad thing. Most of the time it starts out as a welcome relief, but quickly leads to anxiety. Usually leaving them in silence leads to regretful messes, but lately it has turned out really well. My latest quiet time started after I took a big mommy risk- taking a phone call in…

When things don’t work out

Dear people in my life who don’t know what they are doing or where they are headed, I know life has not been what you thought it would be. Some days you enjoy the freedom of uncertainty and other days you crave the clarity that comes with knowing your mission. I see you struggling to find your…

You keep me looking up

Probably for the first time since becoming a parent, I didn’t want Mass to end. Even with three kids bouncing between the two front pews, I didn’t want the funeral to be over. Our big church seemed small with so many familiar faces gathered. Other than the previous night’s funeral evening prayer, I cannot recall…

Do I really believe in life?

My work mom is in hospice right now. I was late. For a meeting with a visiting deacon who drove in from another parish. I was getting dressed when her FaceTime came through. Praise the Lord that I accepted and could see her. The kids and I talked and joked and smiled and told her we…