How To Live the Dream the World Doesn’t Understand

What looking back at a sacrificed career can teach you about your vocation as a wife and mom.

Forget the perfect Pinterest project, by the time you change every diaper that needs changing, feed the starving animals you call your children, put the cushions back on the couch for the thousandth time, toss every LEGO block back in the bin, feed those children again, teach them their letters, feed them again, brush their teeth, tuck them in bed, tell them to get back in bed – you don’t have the energy left to stay awake until a reasonable adult bedtime, so you’re passed out in your spit-up-covered jeans on top of the bedspread at 7:59.

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Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration

Jesus waits in the Tabernacle, saying, “Let the little children come to me.”  Bring your kids to Mass and Adoration!

I can almost feel the disapproving glares of the parishioners behind me burning holes in the back of my head, but I don’t dare turn and look.

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Martha, Martha. Revamp your to-do list

A lesson from Martha and Mary on the importance of adding love to your to-do list

I just finished making a to-do list for the day

  • laundry
  • dishes
  • important phone call
  • school work
  • haircuts
  • dinner (plan and prep)
  • de-clutter the living room (i.e. project: find the tabletops)
  • try not to freak out.

I feel my stress level rising. Put that to-do list on hold!

Time to pray.

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Beginner’s Guide to Powerful Meditations {Printable}

Six steps outlining St. Francis deSales’ method of meditation – good for beginners and for experienced pray-ers.

“I like reading meditations, but I don’t know how to do one myself….” Does that sound familiar?

Honestly, I used to feel that way.

Then I found that St. Francis deSales, in Introduction to the Devout Life, lays out a wonderful outline that taught me how to spend an entire hour in Eucharistic adoration (nearly) distraction free!

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How to Find Big Meaning in a Mom’s Small Way of the Cross

It’s been an off kind of day.

One of those days where nothing is really going bad, but nothing is going the way I want it to either. This day has left me feeling down. Not angry or frustrated, but unfocused, unmotivated, dissatisfied.

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Naked and Not Ashamed: Seeing Myself as an Image of God

Imagine someone saying to you, “I am naked and I’m not ashamed.”

Did your eyebrows go up? Mine did. Yeah, TMI hippie, thanks for sharing… This comment is at least a little inappropriate, and definitely awkward.

But the Bible tells us Adam and Eve were able to say this, and not just to brazenly make someone else feel uncomfortable, but say it and mean it.

Would I ever be able to be “naked and not ashamed?”

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Picasso: Seeing Beauty in the Brokenness

I Just don’t see it.

How is this art? This broken, distorted face, it’s not even beautiful. I could paint a face all wrong, too. And I would never be famous for it.

Picasso, I don’t see what you see.

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Will You Also Go Away?

Sometimes I feel like quitting. It’s too hard to pray before bedtime; it’s much easier to turn on Netflix. It’s easier to press like on the latest post begging for donations to send to Haiti; it’s a lot harder to budget the money to send.too hard to speak up about controversial topics, I’d much rather just mind my own business. It’s more socially acceptable to laugh along with the gossip than to interject some blatantly kind words, or suddenly change the subject. Many times, every day, and every week, I am faced with the choice: follow Jesus, or turn away.

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Discipline Like the Garden of Eden

Today I snapped. It was the last straw. My son defied me, disobeyed me, one time too many. I could hear my mind screaming, “What punishment can I think of that will make him so miserable he will never want to act like this again?” It’s times like this that I need to step back, take a break, and work hard to be gentle and loving in my parenting.

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How to Dress Up for Christmas: A Spiritual Guide

Prepare your heart for Jesus’ coming on Christmas. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you buy through these links, I make a small percentage at no extra cost to you.

I could barely see his wide eyes through the gap between his hat and scarf.  They had a look that pleaded, “Please, can we get back in the car?”  My three year old was bundled with so many layers he could hardly move.

No, he couldn’t move at all.  Because even with all those layers, he was frozen in place.

I scooped him up and trotted to catch up with my husband.  He carried the one year old who had snot covering her from her nose down to the collar of her jacket.

“How do you like this–” Continue reading “How to Dress Up for Christmas: A Spiritual Guide”