7 Quick Takes: San Sebastián With Kids

It has been another crazy week. There has been a lot of controversy on my Facebook feed as of late, and I even went so far as to write an entire post in response to what I have been reading. Then I just wasn’t sure if it was the right tone, so I decided to […]

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7 Quicktakes:November Edition

Happy Friday, everybody.  On to the Quick Takes. ~1~ 10,000 Steps (Or Maybe Not) After traveling this summer and walking miles each day with our kids, I decided to try to incorporate more steps into my day.  Honestly, I just feel better and have more energy when I’m more active, so I don’t consider exercise […]

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Why My Kids Aren’t On Facebook, Instagram, or Other Major Social Media Outlets

It was inevitable.  Last summer, my oldest daughter asked about getting on Instagram and Facebook.  Many of her friends were slowly getting on board, so it seemed like the logical next step. So John and I weighed the pro’s and con’s, and we concluded we just had to say “no” — at least for now. […]

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On Pilgrimage: One Day in Fatima

Why go to all the time, effort and money to go on pilgrimage?  Certainly that money could be given to the poor or spent on the many practical needs of every family — so how can a person justify the time and money spent on such a trip? Fortunately for John and I, traveling with […]

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Close Calls, Liam Neeson & The Danger of Busy

On our recent pilgrimage to Spain, “close calls” seemed to be one of the themes of the trip. We began our trip with a close call with a terrorist attack in Barcelona. We moved on to a close call with a firecracker. There we were, watching an amazing display of fireworks in San Sebastián. I […]

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Fatima & Getting Schooled by My Kids

It’s been one of those weeks.   I’m just holding on by a thread, but I just can’t let this day go by without commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima. Do you ever wonder why Mary chose 3 simple children to carry her important message to the world.  They were just […]

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Beach Struggles, Hugh Hefner, and Teaching Our Kids to Navigate a Sex-Saturated World

This past week, Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy enterprise, died.  May God have mercy on his soul and on all the souls who have been hurt by his legacy. Though I don’t dare suggest I know Hugh Hefner’s motives, I found it surprising that some people have tried to raise this man up as […]

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San Sebastian: Walking the Camino and Fighting Resistance

Somebody please explain to me why anybody would be tempted to skip a beatiful hike through the the Spanish mountains, surrounded by views like these: For me, it came down to resistance. Resistance: it’s become a popular term among Catholics, but it’s roots reach all the way back to the earliest days of Christianity. Perhaps […]

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San Sebastián: Facing our Fears, Weddings, and Finding Hope Again

It’s hard to describe that feeling after making it onto the train. As we stumbled into our seats and the train pulled away from the Barcelona Sants Station, John and I both looked at each other and breathed a sigh of relief. It felt like we had dodged a bullet — and in some way, maybe […]

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Barcelona: Gaudi, Works in Progress and the Sacrada Familia

“A church is the only thing worthy of representing the soul of a people, for religion is the most elevated reality in man”. ~Antoni Gaudi~   Gaudi is arguably one of the most famous architects of modern times.  No doubt, his greatest work of architecture is the Sacrada Familia.  It is one of the most […]

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