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…

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…

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…

Praying When You Don’t Mean It

Every night before we end our prayers together, my husband and I recite this Scripture verse: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 Some nights it is a really, really tough prayer to pray. Each night,…

I Love Sick Days

I know that I’m not supposed to enjoy them. But I do. I love everything about them…except the laundry involved. I get to under-commit. When people ask me to come out, I have a socially acceptable reason to hole up with my little people. No makeup. No matching clothing. No, we can’t come over. No,…

I’m not ignoring you.

This is an open letter to you. When I smile and wave from across the room but don’t walk over, it’s not because I don’t want to talk to you. When I ask how you’re doing and listen to your response while still moving forward, it’s not that I don’t care to hear the answer….

A Flat Air Mattress and a Single, White Plate

We finally took the plunge and bought a foam mattress. After letting the kids camp out on the old mattress for a night, we asked our church to see if there were any families in need. Less than three minutes later, yes, three, we had an opportunity to be community to a couple who had nothing. Actually, when…