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Savoring Summer: 10 Things I Love About the Season

Savoring Summer: 10 Things I Love About the Season

Last week, one of my kids told me, “Summer is almost over.” Say what? When I shared this with Greg, he didn’t sound surprised. Apparently, one of his coworkers said something similar to him. Something along the lines of it being the end of July. On July 10. I returned to my child, and we counted the remaining days of summer. We discovered that we have a few more than 40 days left of summer break. I thought that would…

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul: Summer Reflections of God’s Goodness

Bless the Lord, O My Soul: Summer Reflections of God’s Goodness

It is Saturday. I sit on a bench in the garden, just after dinner. Lush trees surround me. The creek below flows freely. The cool breeze blows as the warm sun begins to set. Everything that surrounds me is full, ripe with goodness, extending up and out. The trees’ branches exhibit a fullness of green. The shining sun just celebrated its brightest day of the year. The gentle breeze rustles the grass and tickles my nose. And the colorful flowers cheerfully…

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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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