Lady-go-round

I forget that my kids have a completely different vocabulary than I did growing up. I’m not even talking about “rad,” “dude,” “bodacious,” (can you tell I grew up in California in the 80’s and 90’s?) and the like....

Ave Maria

We are all about learning-by-doing around here.  Penny has begun to attempt the sign of the cross and is enthusiastic about holding her hands for prayer.  This is thanks to plenty of, “Penny! Do this! PenPen! Look! Pen! Like this!” (siblings are great!)...

Worldly Wise

At 4:30 pm, while I was nauseous with nerves and the kids hovered about me while I fought with the sewing machine (“Tension! Let’s talk about tension! C’mon!!”), I gave myself a harsh talking to. Why? Why do you do this to yourself? Why do you...

Jesse Tree Ornament Swap 2016

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Isaiah 11:1 While shopping for Lucy’s birthday, the kids were appalled to find themselves walking in a winter wonderland.  “Why is the Christmas stuff...

Sinking In

I don’t remember what age I was when my Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike moved down to the valley and into a storybook cottage of a house. I was young enough that the swing hanging from the massive poplars in front was a real selling point for me. There was a back...

Consolation Prize

Being a mom is hard. There are no performance reviews, no standardized tests, or yearly award programs to tell you that what you are doing- anything you are doing- is working. It’s the stuff of sleepless nights: Does is matter? What am I doing with my life? Am I...