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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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Lenten Inspiration: Heart, Home and Family

Lenten Inspiration: Heart, Home and Family

Lent begins tomorrow! Ready or not, the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is upon us. Are you ready? Or not? I am mostly ready. God has given me a very personal invitation to spend more time in prayer, so that is going to be my focus. And with my ongoing struggle with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune disease that attacks my Thyroid) and the various symptoms that accompany it, I am also going to pay closer attention to my diet by…

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5 Simple Ways to Encourage Vocations Within the Family

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Vocations Within the Family

O, God, we earnestly ask you to bless this archdiocese with many priests, deacons, brothers and sisters … At every Sunday Mass, my parish prays two special prayers for vocations. We begin with a prayer for marriage and family, asking St. Joseph to intercede for us. After the Prayers of the Faithful, we pray another prayer that begins with the words with which I began this blog post. It has been a long-standing tradition to pray for and foster vocations…

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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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Day 28: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Day 28: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

It is hard to believe it is the last Friday of October! This month has gone by so quickly! When I was writing my post on Dyslexia being a Family Lesson in Love, I ran across a quote about being compassionate that I thought would be perfect for today’s Quotable Friday. It applies beautifully to this topic of Dyslexia awareness, but it also has a much bigger meaning. Our world could use more kindness, patience, and gentleness in it these days,…

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Day 21: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Day 21: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Sometimes, I see my daughter doing everything she possibly can to appear “normal.” She really doesn’t want her classmates to know that she has Dyslexia. She’s just not quite ready to fully embrace the fact that this is part of who she is. And that’s OK; she’s only eight. But as I journey with her, I try to point out to her all of the things that make her amazing. Some of these things, these gifts, are because she has…

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Day 14: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Day 14: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

This Friday’s inspiring quote to give us a bit of encouragement, no matter what we are facing. Maybe you are journeying with a loved one who is living with Dyslexia, like I am. Maybe it’s something else. Take heart! God will give you the grace to endure, to thrive, to soar! Feel free to share this quote on social media or on a Pinterest board. For a complete list of topics and links, visit the landing page for 31 Days: One Mom’s Journey With Dyslexia or click the square image below.

Day 7: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Day 7: #31 Days—Quotable Friday

Every Friday this month, I will share a quote that hopefully will inspire, encourage, and strengthen us, as we journey with our loved one who is living with Dyslexia. Feel free to share it on social media or on a Pinterest board. TGIF! For a complete list of topics and links, visit the landing page for 31 Days: One Mom’s Journey With Dyslexia or click the square image below.

Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

When people love and recite the rosary they find it makes them better. —St. Anthony Mary Claret— Feast Day: Oct. 24 There is one week left in this 31-day writing challenge. It has not been easy, but I am so glad I am doing it. Thinking and writing about Our Blessed Mother has renewed my devotion to her. While I have not forgotten her significant role in our Church and my own life, I have felt as if I have received the…

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