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?
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!
Hello friends, I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. Let me just start by saying this: What a year this month has been. Just a few weeks ago, we were going about life as usual, and now it feels like almost everything has changed. Where I live- in space, in time- my day-to-day … Continue reading Finding Hope in Uncertain Times
This week, we had the second anniversary of the day we lost my aunt to suicide. It was something I had been dreading... the lead up to that date is always tough, and then figuring out how to navigate the day itself and the days surrounding it hasn't been easy. We have a few anniversaries... … Continue reading Not Watching the Clock
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
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
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/ Grieving Suicide Grieving my 47-year-old aunt Jeannine's suicide has been different than any other grief I have experienced in my time on this earth. It is heavy, it is dark, it is slow, it is hard. She left so many things behind. … Continue reading How To Save A Life: Suicide Prevention Day, 2018
Well, we've made it to Illinois! Though the move wasn't too far, mileage speaking, it was far enough that we are having to reset many aspects of our life. In the next few weeks, we will be finding new doctors, dentists, playgrounds... pretty much everything. We keep checking things off the list, but new things … Continue reading Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things