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Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

So, the summer is flying by for me and my family. June was a whirlwind of activities with three sleepover camps, VBS, typing class, tutoring, and a couple trips to the pool. The Fourth of July was spent grilling out, watching fireworks, and spending time with good friends. As I gear up to take a beach vacation with my family, I am taking a break from my planning to join Carolyn Astfalk’s Open Book feature on CatholicMom.com. Here is a sampling…

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Open Book: What I’m Reading This June

Open Book: What I’m Reading This June

It is hard to believe it is already June! This spring was so busy with softball, musical performances, choir concerts, final exams … And those are just the things involving my kids! But when something involves a child, it involves a mama, too. And I am grateful for the honor of being part of the events and activities my kids are involved in. It gives me a bird’s eye view into how God has created them so uniquely and where He…

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“Rightfully Ours” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway

“Rightfully Ours” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway

As a mom of six, I am constantly on guard about what my children read, listen to, and watch. And yet, I cannot possibly monitor every word on every page or every lyric to the latest song. I rely on trusted reviews, recommendations from other parents, and my own research. In less than a month, I will have two teenagers, and the books and movies that the culture deems worthy of their attention seem less and less in line with my Catholic-Christian…

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Start the New Year With Prayer

Start the New Year With Prayer

During the Advent season, the Lord invited us—the weary, worn out, and overwhelmed—to come to Him. He invited us into silence and stillness with short Scripture verses, Christmas hymns, and pondering prayers. In our time with Jesus, we found hope—even in the midst of waiting, because we discovered that we are not alone in our waiting. He is waiting with us. And hope brought joy! The weary world rejoiced indeed on Christmas Day. I pray that this Christmas season has…

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7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

With Advent right around the corner, I know there are some of us who are feeling a bit weary before the season begins. We want to enter it fully and prayerfully, but that is coupled with a to-do list that seems impossible to accomplish. My encouragement for you—and me—is to remember that Christ came down at Christmas time to save the weary ones. And it is important to carve out a little safe-haven where we can find rest, refreshment, and…

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“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

Every year, I look forward to watching those fun holiday movies on Hallmark Channel. Yes, they are formulaic and predictable, but they are sweet and light-hearted and just what I need to unwind after a busy day of Christmas prep. Well, I just read a book that surpasses any romantic Christmas movie I have ever watched. And it wasn’t predictable at all! It was quite a page turner that left me guessing what was going to happen next and certainly got…

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Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

A wave of discouragement rushed over me, as I walked out of the doctor’s office. News of another health issue left me down and discouraged. I felt tired of following the breadcrumb trail. I wanted to be done with diagnoses, recommendations, feeling fatigued and in pain. The sadness lingered as I pulled myself out of bed the next morning. It was business as usual for this mom. The children needed me, whether I felt good or not. As I pulled…

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Day 26: #31 Days—More Book Suggestions

Day 26: #31 Days—More Book Suggestions

There are many books available to help parents and educators understand the ins and outs of Dyslexia. I listed two favorites in my last post on book suggestions. There are also many books available for kids that include a main character with Dyslexia. There are even books printed with a font specifically designed for to help people with Dyslexia read more easily. High Noon Books is a publishing company that helps struggling readers succeed. They offer phonics-based chapter books and non-fiction works. Their…

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Day 5: #31 Days—Book Suggestions

Day 5: #31 Days—Book Suggestions

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed reading a good book. I am part of a book club for moms, and I am even blessed to be a contributing writer to a mom’s prayer companion. Not wanting to read or not liking it is something I cannot completely relate to, but I have had to learn to understand and find alternative ways to incorporate reading into my daughter’s life. What I have found is that often what…

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Feeding Your Family’s Soul :: Book Review & Giveaway

Feeding Your Family’s Soul :: Book Review & Giveaway

When I was a child, my family did not gather around the dinner table to share life together. Sure we ate at the same time, but on most nights, it was at the kitchen counter with the evening news blaring on the TV. When I visited my aunt and uncle’s home, I savored the commraderie around the dinner table—dishes being passed around, conversation flowing, even clean up and the rotation of chores was a novelty that I secretly wished was…

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