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Open Book: What I’m Reading This October

Open Book: What I’m Reading This October

Well, I started writing this Open Book post in September, but life happened, and I never got around to publishing it. As I turned the calendar to the new month of October, I was bound and determined to join Carolyn Astfalk and friends for this month’s Open Book feature on CatholicMom.com. And here I am! Do you find that your reading patterns change with the seasons? Summer seems to be the perfect time to read a little romance. They are easy, quick reads that…

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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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A Story of Intercession: Getting to Know My Mama Mary

A Story of Intercession: Getting to Know My Mama Mary

This space has been quiet lately. I’ve been quiet lately. We recently journeyed through the Passion of our Lord and celebrated His Resurrection. My focus has been on my own journey and where God is leading me. It is not away from writing, but my journey has taken me on a bit of a detour. I can relate very closely with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, from yesterday’s Gospel reading. After Jesus’ death, they returned to their hometown…

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Lenten Weariness: How to Avoid the Temptation to Quit

Lenten Weariness: How to Avoid the Temptation to Quit

It was January 1, and I was gung-ho to begin my New Year’s resolution. My plan was to start a rigorous elimination diet in the hope of feeling better. I purchased ingredients to make healthy meals, and I set aside time to cook for the week. I knew it was going to be hard, but I reached a tipping point in my chronic illness and knew I had to try more drastic measures. After a week, I started to regain…

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Daybook: Hello Summer

Daybook: Hello Summer

Outside my window … It is sunny, and the high is supposed to be near 80. We are having a gorgeous late-spring. My children are playing with the neighbors, and it can be quite crazy. But I am grateful for every day they can run and play outside.   Thanking God for … * Another wonderful school year * Good teachers * Good Catholic/Christian schools * My running group and my fitness challenge groups that keep me on track * Success…

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Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

This might sound cliché, but this spring truly has been busy! It is hard for me to even wrap my head around the fact that it is May 6, and my children will be done with school in less than one month! Of course, thoughts like this prompt anxiety to race through my mind and heart … I better get organized! What am I going to do to keep them busy for three months? Of course, it really doesn’t help…

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3 Lessons I Learned While Learning to Run

3 Lessons I Learned While Learning to Run

It’s been two years since I first wrote this for CatholicMom.com. I decided to repost this today for #WorthRevisitWednesday, because I am getting ready to get back out on the trails with my favorite fitness group, Moms on the Run. This year I am joining the walking group, due to some of my health issues, but I have a renewed enthusiasm for focusing on what I CAN do to be healthy and strong for my family and all that God is…

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Pressing On

Pressing On

I wrote this, not too long ago … It seems fitting as we continue to press on this Lent toward Easter. So, I am sharing it today in the #WorthRevisit link up. I am on Day 6 of the Whole30, and I have to say, “So far, so good.” Thanks be to God! I have reached a point with my Hashimoto’s where I am fed up with unexpected weight gain, swollen ankles, and chronic fatigue. As in, “I’ll try anything, if I think it…

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Finding Purpose and Peace While Waiting

Finding Purpose and Peace While Waiting

Have you ever felt a little lost? Have you ever wondered what your God-given purpose really is? A few months ago, that’s how I was feeling—lost and wondering about my purpose. Then, an amazing opportunity came my way. It was a dream come true, and I was excited! I was going to have the opportunity to pursue my heart’s desire, and I couldn’t wait to dive in. But soon afterward, it became quite obvious that the timing was not right. I…

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Pressing on

Pressing on

I am on Day 6 of the Whole30, and I have to say, “So far, so good.” Thanks be to God! I have reached a point with my Hashimoto’s where I am fed up with unexpected weight gain, swollen ankles, and chronic fatigue. As in, “I’ll try anything, if I think it might work.” Hence, the Whole30! But it took me awhile to get here. The first time I attempted the Whole30, I made it to Day 13. I got off track…

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