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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Fr. Solanus Casey’s Beatification and Asking for the Things We Need

Faith is a funny thing.  When you’re a child, it often has no bounds.  As you grow older, though, faith can begin to grow cold — almost without our noticing it. We can grow skeptical, jaded, and even weary of our prayers.  Which is why we need a man like Fr. Solanus Casey to remind […]

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Letting Go of “Perfect”

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”.  This quote by Voltaire seems to be thrown around quite a bit as of late. The truth be known, Voltaire was actually rather anti-religion in his sentiment, but I’m guessing that if this mother of six kids sat down with Voltaire, the youngest of five, there […]

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7 Ways to Live a More Intentional Advent

Advent is upon us.  This year, it happens to be the shortest Advent we can possibly have — with the 4th Sunday of Advent also being Christmas Eve — so it’s more important than ever to be intentional about living out Advent. Trying to live a more intentional Advent can help us to keep the really […]

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7 Things That Make Me Grateful

I literally am surrounded by clothes that need to be packed and food that needs to be made before I can leave my house to spend time with my amazing family in Chicago. I have an hour and a half before I need to get out of my door.  Sounds like a perfect time to […]

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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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