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How a Little Desk Calendar Made a World of Difference

How a Little Desk Calendar Made a World of Difference

It was one of those weeks. Everything was happening within the same seven days, and I didn’t know how I was going to get through it all. In addition to my family’s regular commitments, such as school, work, and errands, I had three deadlines to meet, parent-teacher conferences to attend, and a family party to prepare for. Oh, and two of my daughters and their teams were in volleyball playoff games. I am sure you can relate to the craziness…

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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

This was originally posted last January, shortly after the Christmas season and at the beginning of Ordinary Time. I am revisiting it today, because it seems like I needed a reminder … And hopefully it is a source of encouragement for someone else, too. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1 The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the…

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Daybook :: Birthday Edition

Daybook :: Birthday Edition

Flowers and a flourless chocolate cake for my birthday! Outside my window … Sunny and bright! We are having some lovely spring-like weather with temperatures in the 50s and 60s! Yay!! Thanking God for … * Another year of life. Today, I turn 39 years old. I have always loved my birthday. It isn’t as big of a deal to me as it used to be. But it’s not because I dread getting older; I really don’t. I just think…

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#WorthRevisitWednesday :: Grandpas

#WorthRevisitWednesday :: Grandpas

Today, I thought it would be fun to participate in #WorthRevisitWednesday, co-hosted by Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb. It was kind of fun to look back in the archives and find a post I had completely forgotten about! I first wrote today’s repost FIVE years ago this month. I had five of my six children at that time, and their ages were 7, 5, 4, 2 and 2 … No wonder I say in the post that…

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Embracing the Ordinary

Embracing the Ordinary

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1— The Christmas decorations are finally put away, and I admit, my house looks a little bare, a little ordinary. In the cloudy darkness of January, I definitely miss the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree and garlands. I have never truly welcomed the season of Ordinary Time, the way I welcome Advent, Christmas and Easter. Even Lent has this very clear purpose of repentance necessary…

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

Watching these two girls of mine brings me so much joy! I am in awe of how close they are at such a young age, and I look forward to seeing their relationship grow stronger as they get older. I am grateful for their sisterly relationship and that they have found true friendship with one another. They bless me more than they will ever know.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

At our Week 3 Garden Party, I was explaining what all of the various menu items symbolized. When I got to the ice, I said that it represented hail. My preschooler then exclaims, “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope!” She’s awfully quiet during our family Rosaries, but I guess she really is absorbing a lot! *** (a self-portrait) *** On the way home from school one day this week, my older girls started…

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Celebrating 34

Celebrating 34

Yesterday, on the way to school, my preschooler asked me, “Who is coming to your birthday?” I named her and her sisters and brother and, of course, her dad. And then she asked me, “But what about the guests?” I went on to tell her that the most important people in my life are all of you, and you are the guests with whom I want to celebrate my birthday … I’ve always loved my birthday. Sometimes I’m a little…

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Forty!

Forty!

Not me … … but the temperature outside today! We ran errands and picked up my two oldest from school this afternoon without winter jackets. Just sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. It. felt. heavenly. It is amazing what a little sunshine and warmer temperatures can do to one’s spirit. It has given me an extra boost, a lift of my heart, a spring in my step. It’s a little thing, but even a little thing can be a BIG blessing. Thank…

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Corners

Corners

There’s not much to look at—the walls are very white and the floors are very beige. And some of the appliances (and other mechanicals, like certain plumbing apparatuses) are a bit temperamental. But it’s clean and bright, warm and safe. And for the next six or so months it meets the need of providing shelter for our family. I’ve been trying not to complain, when I run out of space on the pantry shelf or I can’t find a spot…

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