If you're looking to add something manageable and meaningful to your own Advent season, this might just be the place to start.
I love having conversations with the kids about our Catholic faith. Their insights and questions astound me and amaze me time and time again, and it's such an honor and a privilege to engage with them. Recently, while doing a short follow-up at bedtime to our most recent faith formation lesson, in which our six-year-old … Continue reading Why Didn’t God Just Take Away the Tree?
When I think about the kinds of stories I want to write for kids, it always comes back to that underlying pulse of hope.
Her lace and ribbon white dress is hanging in the closet next to her veil. It is waiting. The Eucharist rests in the tabernacle behind the altar of our beautiful church, St. Rahael the Archangel. It is waiting. I've never been a person who does well when things don't go as planned. I've gotten better … Continue reading When Waiting Hurts
Though this year has taken a turn that I don't think many would have expected, our goal this Holy Week was to create some special memories for the kids even though our plans had very much changed. Our house is loud, and the noises aren't always happy, but overall we're hanging in there and doing … Continue reading Happy Easter from the Savaryns 2020!
Felicity and I sat down for a few minutes after her First Reconciliation today (hooray!), and she shared a bit about what the experience was like for her! You can listen to the interview via SoundCloud by clicking here, or the transcript from the interview is below. Enjoy! Mom: I, as your mother, did not have … Continue reading An Interview with Felicity about Her First Confession!
We had the absolute honor of hosting our priest, Father Mike, at our home for dinner and to bless our house this weekend. We meant to do it much sooner, but with pregnancy and nausea and newborn life, this was the soonest we could make it happen, and we're so glad we did! The kids … Continue reading A Blessing for Our Home
My Postpartum History I've had a lot of family and friends checking in on me since sweet Zelie was born. It's been so nice, and it's something I try my best to do when my friends and family have a baby as well. This is because of my history with postpartum depression and anxiety, which … Continue reading How Postpartum is Going This Time Around
It's been a while, my friends. A lot has happened since my last post. For one, the grieving process of losing my aunt the way we did took a lot out of me. Still does, sometimes. I struggled to think of ways I could write encouraging or even true posts on our family blog, and … Continue reading What We’ve Been Up To
Lent is always an appropriate time to reflect on suffering, and over the past 12 months, This Catholic Family has had some rough times. I've shared a few times about the loss of my aunt to suicide in February 2018. The grief from that, and the slow path toward healing, has been a part of … Continue reading Emerging From the Fog