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Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

Open Book: What I’m Reading This July

So, the summer is flying by for me and my family. June was a whirlwind of activities with three sleepover camps, VBS, typing class, tutoring, and a couple trips to the pool. The Fourth of July was spent grilling out, watching fireworks, and spending time with good friends. As I gear up to take a beach vacation with my family, I am taking a break from my planning to join Carolyn Astfalk’s Open Book feature on CatholicMom.com. Here is a sampling…

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How I Reconnected With God Through a “Grown-up VBS”

How I Reconnected With God Through a “Grown-up VBS”

Have you heard the Christmas song “Grown-Up Christmas List”? Many singers have recorded it, but the version I am most familiar with is on Amy Grant’s Home for Christmas album. The lyrics reflect back on childhood when Christmas included writing out a wish list and sending it to Santa Claus. As children, we hope for the magical appearance of presents underneath the tree on Christmas morning. However, as we grow up, our Christmas wishes change. We realize that we care…

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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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Faith-Based Ideas for a Fun Summer

Faith-Based Ideas for a Fun Summer

This is my children’s first week of summer vacation. Across the country, if children aren’t on summer vacation, yet, they will be soon. So, I thought this post I wrote for CatholicMom.com last May would be a perfect #WorthRevisit post today. Two weeks from today is my children’s last day of school. Summer is right around the corner. While sifting through summer camp brochures and swim lesson schedules, I wonder how to intertwine our Catholic faith into our summer plans….

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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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Family Vacation: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Family Vacation: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

This summer, my family traveled to the Black Hills of South Dakota for vacation. From where we live, it is about an eight-hour drive. With six children, it ends up being about 10. That’s OK, though, because we were ready for adventure with new activity books, chapter books, games and fully-charged Kindles. (On the way home, we added three movies to the mix, because we were driving late at night.) Overall, this was a fabulous trip. We loved exploring this part…

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Answer Me This: Volume 2

Answer Me This: Volume 2

Well, I better get this little post up, because this is the last week of Answer Me This, hosted by Catholic All Year, for the summer! (And I only just discovered it!) 1. What’s your favorite grocery store splurge? At the moment, my favorite grocery story splurge is flavored sparkling water. I gave up pop (or soda—depending on where you live) quite awhile ago, and flavored sparkling water is a fun and natural alternative. It’s a nice treat when I’m looking…

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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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Answer Me This: Volume 1

Answer Me This: Volume 1

I discovered a new-to-me link up last week, and I thought it would be fun to participate! Catholic All Year by Kendra is a popular blog that hosts this summer link up. It’s fun, short and sweet! And it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. You can meet Kendra here, if you don’t know her yet, and visit some other great blogs that are linking up with her this week. 1. At what temperature do you keep the thermostat…

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Daybook :: July Already?

Daybook :: July Already?

What a whirlwind my June was! I can’t believe it’s over, and we are beginning the mid month of summer! How has your summer been so far? I will tell you a little bit about mine through this daybook …   Outside my window … Today, July 1, started off cool … I wore jeans! We have had gorgeous weather this summer, though. It hasn’t been too hot, and we’ve had a nice amount of rain.   Thanking God for…

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