That Time We Went to Positano… Part 2 — Livin’ La Dolce Vita

If you haven’t read Part 1 of our trip, you might want to start here. Have you heard of the Last 4 Things?  Well, the Church says that the “Last 4 Things” — Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell are worth thinking about. I know what you might be thinking — “Depressing!”  I know, I know. […]

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Tips and Tricks For Family Travel on a Budget

A few days ago I posted about That Time We Went to Positano.  It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that we took that leap of faith and went on that crazy adventure.  But adventures like that take time, money, and planning. In the effort to help you create your own family adventures, […]

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That Time We Went to Positano… (Part 1)

It’s a sludgy, gray day in the Midwest — can you tell winters aren’t my favorite?  I thought rather than dwelling on the fact that I’m working hard to love all the seasons — and currently failing 🙁 — that it would be a good time to finally share about that time we went to Positano. Maybe you’re […]

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Washington, D.C. (With Kids)

Well, it’s been an intense week.  Time to lighten things up a bit, shall we? I thought I’d offer you my tips on visiting D.C. with kids.  Obviously, it’s a worthwhile place to visit — for so many reasons — but it is also a very child-friendly city, and we really enjoyed it. So don’t be afraid […]

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Random Thoughts: Keep Marching Baby

The March for Life was amazing!  I gotta say — it was  definitely worth the 18 hours of round-trip travel time and every other chaotic moment that comes with traveling with 6 kids.  So glad we went! It was such an impactful experience that it’s hard to put my mind around it all — but I’m gonna try.  To gain […]

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Why We March…

My mother is one of the founders of the March for Life — in fact, she was pregnant with me during that first March — and the story of how it all came about is an interesting one. A few years prior to the March, my mother found herself in a convent in the South. Though the “nun” thing didn’t […]

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The Cry Room: A Parents’ Guide to Survival

Okay, we’ve all been there — we’ve all been in the cry room.  That awful, horrid place were children and parents are left to live sad, lonely lives — spurned by the families with well-behaved children. That room where all your hopes and dreams have been dashed to pieces amidst the cheerios, that awful diaper smell, and […]

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Blue Monday — We Got This!

Blue Monday is a name given to the day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year for those in the Northern Hemisphere. So, according to my calculations, today promises to be the most depressing day of the year for most of the people reading this […]

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Readjusting to Ordinary Time :(

Welcome back to ordinary time. 🙁   I’m not going to lie, it’s hard to get back into ordinary time.  I mean, couldn’t the Church have come up with a better name than “Ordinary“?  Ordinary time just sounds so — well, ordinary.  And who likes ordinary? No, we want a life of adventure and excitement — so […]

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Pax Et Bonum, Fr. Mike

No doubt, some of you have heard that Fr. Mike Scanlan died this past week.  He spent 85 years doing good on this earth, and after an extended illness, he went to be with his Lord. Though my head is currently swimming with memories of this amazing man, I can’t let this week pass by without a few […]

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