Weaning Babies and Lent

It’s 11:30 at night, and life has been so busy that I’ve had no time to put a proper post together.  So forgive me, if I ramble. 🙁 I’ve been pushing hard to get everything in order before I leave for a 20 year reunion with girlfriends from college.  At the time of planning this […]

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Lent Begins and Making Sense of “Pathetic” Sacrifices

How’s your Lent going?  Lent is a funny thing.  On Fat Tuesday, I was craving absolutely nothing — but come Midnight, Ash Wednesday, suddenly I was craving everything.  Why is that? I even found myself rationalizing, “Well, it’s 12:02, does Ash Wednesday begin now, or when I get up?”  Really, those were thoughts going through […]

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February is the Worst and Getting Ready for Lent

February is the worst — the absolute worst.  It really is, and I know we’re supposed to get out our gratitude journals and look for the positives contained within the worst month of the year — but today, I’d rather complain about it. I don’t want to be grateful for February.  I’d rather despise February […]

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That Time We Went to Sintra (Part 2)…Thinking on Heaven.

After reading Part 1 of “That Time We Went to Sintra”, you might be wondering why we put all the time, effort and money into making these epic family pilgrimages happen —  afterall, they do tend to resemble Survivor far more than a relaxing family vacation. My simple answer is that those extreme conditions that we usually […]

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That Time We Went to Sintra (Part 1)…a.k.a Never, Ever Be Vulnerable With Your Kids

Well, it’s been an intense week, so I thought I’d lighten it up a bit with that time we went to Sintra, Portugal. Sintra is an Unesco World Heritage Site — and for good reason — when you step off the train to Sintra, you feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. That […]

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Herculaneum, Memento Mori, and Striking Out Against the Darkness

Today is a somber day.  It’s a day when we remember the 59 million babies aborted since Roe V. Wade.  It’s also a day where we remember their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.  It’s a sad day for many. Last year, I wrote this post about Why We March.  If you want to know […]

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Lessons Learned from Getting Outdoors

Sometimes we can grow too comfortable with being comfortable.  We live in a world that offers us so many artificial comforts, and if we’re not careful we just might choose comfort over real life. As much as possible, we need to pull ourselves away from the artificial and reconnect with the real — real people, […]

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Discovering our Gifts and Being a Blessing to Others

Merry Christmas!  How’s your Christmas going? We’re currently getting ready for a family ski trip.  Getting excited! All the preparation has reminded me of the blessings that one couple’s generosity has provided to so many families throughout the years. Every year, this particular couple spends their time negotiating pricing and seeing to all the details […]

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Merry Christmas in 7 Quick Takes

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Lots going on with year end, so I’m going to try to keep this one short, but sweet — no guarantees, but here goes. A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, so here’s my Christmas so far, in pictures. ~1~ Joy Sunday, Put Up the Tree It was […]

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Dealing With Difficult People

Well, it’s that time of year — chocked full of family gatherings and recitals and work parties galore.  Sometimes, what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, can end up becoming quite stressful — ’tis the season for encounters with difficult people. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this time […]

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