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Parenting and Kites: Learning to Let Go and Watch Them Soar

Parenting and Kites: Learning to Let Go and Watch Them Soar

The alarm rings earlier than usual. The clock reads 3:30 a.m. As I slowly open my eyes, darkness surrounds me and beckons me to rest awhile longer. However, my mind starts to nudge me awake. Today begins differently than normal, because today is a special day. As the coffee brews, my oldest daughter slowly descends the stairs. She drops her suitcase, sleeping bag, and backpack on the floor, and I ask her a series of “Do you have …?” questions….

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Day 13: #31 Days—Sharing Our Story at CatholicMom.com

Day 13: #31 Days—Sharing Our Story at CatholicMom.com

Today’s post was first published on CatholicMom.com. Looking back on her preschool years, I now recognize the early warning signs, such as difficulty hearing rhyming words, like cat, hat, and mat. Throughout Kindergarten, I saw her struggling, but I wasn’t worried, until I started receiving notes from her teacher that she falling behind. In Kindergarten? Really? No amount of phonetic worksheets would catch her up, though. Nor would a repeat of Kindergarten. You see, my daughter has Dyslexia. She is the one…

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Celebrate! You Are God’s Precious Daughter

Celebrate! You Are God’s Precious Daughter

On this #WorthRevisitWednesday, I am reposting a reflection I wrote today for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization. I couldn’t help but share this reflection here today, too, because well, you’ll see why … Today, my daughter Olivia celebrates her 12th birthday. I look back on the day of her birth with love and laughter. By mid-morning of that day, my second daughter was born, swaddled in a blanket, and sleeping in my arms. My husband and I looked at…

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Daybook :: Back-to-School Edition

Daybook :: Back-to-School Edition

Yeah, I know that daybooks are normally published on Mondays … But Thursday’s the day for me this week! I hope I’m not breaking too many blogging rules! Today, is August 27. My oldest daughter starts a new school (junior high!) today. Next week, four of my children begin their school year, and the day after Labor Day starts my youngest’s second year of preschool. Yes, we are wrapping up our summer and gearing up for a new school year. I…

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Reflection on My Daughter’s 10th Birthday

Reflection on My Daughter’s 10th Birthday

This will be short and sweet, because we have a birthday to celebrate today! But as I greeted my daughter this morning, on this her 10th birthday, I couldn’t help but take a moment to let it soak in that 10 is a pretty big milestone in a child’s life … and in a mom’s life, too. Be silly, be honest, be kind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson That quote sums up my daughter, Lucia, perfectly. I saw it on a spiral…

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80+ Trustworthy Books for Tweens, Part I

80+ Trustworthy Books for Tweens, Part I

At two o’clock, I heard my little girl stirring. She was waking up from her nap, right on time. I had just completed some chores around the house, and both of us were ready to enjoy the rest of the day together. After changing her and giving her a snack, we settled into our afternoon routine, which consisted of reading books on the couch. This was my favorite part of the day, because it was a cozy, bonding time with…

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A Month of Thanksgiving —10

A Month of Thanksgiving —10

This November, I plan to post 30 days of gratitude. Here is Day 10 … 36. My oldest daughter, who turns 12 today 37. All the things that bring her joy: a letter in the mail, a good book, Red Velvet Cake 38. Being a mom … As imperfect as I am at it, I really do love it 39. Surprising her with the gift of ear piercing! 40. Her glow in the light of birthday candles 41. My husband…

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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.

Throwback Thursday: Five Years Later

Throwback Thursday: Five Years Later

I posted the following post five years ago, when Lucia turned four. Today, she turns nine! I have to admit, I was a little shocked that five years had gone by, and yet I remember putting together this post like it was yesterday! Speaking of yesterday … Yesterday, at our parish picnic, I talked with a couple of women about Jeff Cavins’ Bible Timeline, and recalled that when I first went through it (with Jeff Cavins in person!), Lucia was…

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Summer Day :: Overheard

Summer Day :: Overheard

Even though our first week of summer vacation was last week, our first day of anything fun was today. We went to the beach for a few hours this morning. It was warm and gorgeous and fairly quiet. As I was sitting in the shade with the baby, I watched my children splashing and laughing … and getting along! And I overheard my 5yo say to my 8yo, as they were running along the sand toward the coolness of the…

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