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7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

With Advent right around the corner, I know there are some of us who are feeling a bit weary before the season begins. We want to enter it fully and prayerfully, but that is coupled with a to-do list that seems impossible to accomplish. My encouragement for you—and me—is to remember that Christ came down at Christmas time to save the weary ones. And it is important to carve out a little safe-haven where we can find rest, refreshment, and…

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Day 2 :: 31 Days With Mary — How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother in SQTs

Day 2 :: 31 Days With Mary — How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother in SQTs

Since I am writing 31 Days With Mary during the month of October, maybe I will begin by sharing how Mary became my queen and my mother. Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of Mary, “She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers, she is the world’s first love.” #1 Slow beginnings My first real encounter with Mary was through the quiet actions of my grandma, who…

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7 Quick Takes :: What’s New?

7 Quick Takes :: What’s New?

~1~ I mentioned last week that my husband Greg got a new job. Well, he was in Eau Claire, Wisconsin this week for training. He hasn’t had to travel for work in 5 or 6 years, so this week was an adjustment for me and the kids. I decided to stick to a pretty structured schedule, including this cleaning schedule. (Sometimes I just like to follow a plan rather than creating my own, you know?) It kept things flowing and worked fairly well….

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7 Quick Takes :: Saving the Best for Last

7 Quick Takes :: Saving the Best for Last

~1~ Summer is zooming by! It’s not going exactly as I planned, but it’s going … This week included basket ball camp for two of my children and run club for my four daughters. I am learning that my younger children are content with running and playing outside, while my older ones require a bit more structured activity. Is this common or just unique to my children? ~2~ My husband Greg had this week off from work, because he is between…

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7 Quick Takes :: How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother

7 Quick Takes :: How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of Mary, “She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers, she is the world’s first love.” #1 Slow beginnings My first real encounter with Mary was through the quiet actions of my grandma, who had a beautiful devotion to Our Blessed Mother and who also happened to be named Mary. She had a simple white statue of the Blessed Mother outside…

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7 Quick Takes :: Living in a Winter Wonderland

7 Quick Takes :: Living in a Winter Wonderland

~1~ It goes without saying that this winter has been unprecedented for much of the U.S. Everyone is talking about it, including me, but I am actually getting kind of tired of talking about it. At least I’m getting tired of complaining about it. It is what it is, and it’s really out of my control. So I am trying to just LIVE it (with a secret, silent hope for spring … tomorrow is March after all)! But here are…

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My Weight-Loss Journey in Quick Takes

My Weight-Loss Journey in Quick Takes

Source: Unknown ~1~ I recently interviewed for a job! I hadn’t interviewed in 14 years. It was a weird experience, searching my computer’s archives for my out-of-date resume. Looking back on it, though, I was reminded of the cool things I did “back in the day.” Granted, I have been so blessed to be a SAHM, but I guess I had forgotten some of my other skills, namely in the field of communications. Needless to say, I got the job!…

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7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 7

7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 7

I don’t partake in Quick Takes very often, although I enjoy reading them. They’re a snapshot into the week and often include little, fun tidbits that may not make their way into a typical blog post on any other given day. Since I’ve been without a computer for close to a week (nice break!), I thought this format would be a good one to use simply to check in after the big move and being out-of-touch for several days ……

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7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 6

7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 6

1. This is a bit early because of my No-Computer Fridays fast … I thought about scheduling this to post on Friday, but then I didn’t want anyone to think I was cheating =) *** 2. Today we remember what happened one year ago today. We remember my step-dad Russ. Today we pray for him: Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. *** 3. This morning we…

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7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 5

7 Quick Takes Friday—Volume 5

1. This is my 100th post! I believe it is cause for celebration. Don’t you agree? Before I began this adventure in December 2008, I asked a friend, “What would I write about?” And look at me now, 100 posts later! I guess I have plenty to write about … I have found this place to be one where I can journal my thoughts, ask questions, share ideas, profess my faith and give family updates. I never would have dreamed…

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