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#WorthRevisit :: Something About Mary

#WorthRevisit :: Something About Mary

As we reach the mid-point between the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug. 15) and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary (Aug. 22), I thought it would be a lovely tribute to post something about Our Lady for this week’s #WorthRevisit link-up. I originally posted this on May 22, 2009—six years ago! This was before I was enrolled in the Brown Scapular, before I made my Consecration to Jesus through Mary, before our family started praying…

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Taking the First Step Toward Tidying Up

Taking the First Step Toward Tidying Up

I woke up and saw something I didn’t like. Piles of clothing lined one wall of my bedroom. Two bins stacked on top of one another sat right next to my door. Ugh. Over a month ago, I took on the monumental task of switching my children’s clothing from winter to summer. It is one of my least favorite tasks, because it never feels complete. There is always the stray pair of pajamas that show up two weeks later in…

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Daybook :: Mid-month Check-in

Daybook :: Mid-month Check-in

July is zooming by, isn’t it? When I was in Target last week, I noticed the school supplies are out already. I don’t think my kids are ready for school, but we definitely love checking out the school supplies! I just found this price comparison list, which will come in handy when we do start our supply shopping. Outside my window … Today, July 13 is going to be warm! The high might be 90! We had an awesome rain last night, which…

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Seeking Motivation to Care for My Home When I Feel Burned Out

Seeking Motivation to Care for My Home When I Feel Burned Out

It was a long but satisfying day. My oldest daughter was in her final performance as Earthworm in a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. I attended the final show and cast party with her and two of my other girls. It was fun, but after an intense month of rehearsals and a long week of performances, I looked forward to a relaxing evening at home. When I walked into my bedroom, though, what I encountered was…

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#WorthRevisit :: Balancing Act

#WorthRevisit :: Balancing Act

I wrote this post six years ago! What’s funny is that I still wrestle with some of the same things! Will I ever figure it out? Or is it an ongoing lesson in surrender, patience (especially with myself), balance and letting go? *** Do you ever have a day when it’s simply OK to let the kids stay in their pajamas until swimming lessons at 1:30 p.m.? When it’s simply OK to let their playtime extend beyond the allotted time, because…

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Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

When my children were quite young, in fact when I only had half of the children I have today, I felt compelled to find ways to make the Catholic faith come alive for my children. More than simply attending Mass with them each Sunday, I wanted to teach them to pray, introduce them to the saints, and celebrate the liturgical seasons within our domestic church. I wanted to bridge what they saw and experienced at church and how we lived…

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Where, Oh Where Has the Week Gone?

Where, Oh Where Has the Week Gone?

It is hard for me to believe it is Friday again! And as I write this point, Friday is more than half over. More over, we are at the beginning of a new month—August, and near the end of summer! Will I ever cease being surprised at how quickly time flies by? Last weekend, I finally made it to the St. Paul Farmer’s Market! It is a fabulous farmer’s market! Take a look at all the goodness. We made salad…

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A Place to Pray

A Place to Pray

When we started the process of building our home, one small feature that we really liked in our house plan was a little alcove at the very top of the stairs. It consists of a small window and nice amount of space. This little space could easily be a study area or even a play area. But we have designated it for: a place to pray. I have many ideas in my head for how this space could look. Until…

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Making This House Into a Home

Making This House Into a Home

Takes time. And patience. And extra resources. Not for extravagant things, mind you. But for things we often take for granted—like bathroom mirrors and window coverings. [As of last night, we finally have mirrors, thanks to my sweet and handy husband. It was such a breeze getting ready this morning, without having to look into a handheld mirror to make sure my hair looked decent. But we still only have paper shades in the essential rooms of the house, like…

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Grocery List Helper

Grocery List Helper

Something that I’ve been using for awhile now, that I find very helpful in making my weekly grocery list and in remembering those little household items that we run out of on any given day, is this “time to get” list. I found it at my local SuperTarget, in the stationary/office supply area. What I like about it is that it is magnetic, so it neatly stays on the side of my fridge. It remains accessible, without getting buried in…

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