This Catholic Family is Ready for Advent!

Liturgical Living I've thought about the liturgical calendar this year more than I ever have before. I've thought about what little ways we can start incorporating the calendar of the Church year into our home. And here we find ourselves, as we always will at this time of year, at the beginning of Advent. We … Continue reading This Catholic Family is Ready for Advent!

Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and Why We Need Theology of the Body More Than Ever

Scandals I was too young to know much about the scandals surrounding Bill Cosby the first time around. Then, as time went on the media storm subsided and Cosby emerged as someone still able to find affection in the public eye. He was, if not The American Father, at the very least in the running … Continue reading Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and Why We Need Theology of the Body More Than Ever

The Prayers of My Children

The Prayers of a Child My kids, well the ones old enough to talk, talk to God like he's a friend. They just tell him what they hope for in their own lives, and who they want to intercede for. Felicity for the longest time prayed for her preschool teacher who had a bothersome tooth. … Continue reading The Prayers of My Children

Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

Hello and welcome. I'm about to wade into this topic because it is near to my heart, and because I'm seeing a lot of aggression towards business owners who have moral or religious beliefs that prevent them from maintaining their integrity and providing birth control to their employees. I think it's really difficult for those … Continue reading Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

It's been a while since I've been straight up embarrassed in public. Though I lean introvert, I can typically handle social situations in an appropriate manner. This week, I was reminded how awful it feels to be embarrassed in front of others. We were at the pool for Lissie's swim lessons. I was sitting on … Continue reading When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

Celebrating Our Ten Year Wedding Anniversary!

Ten years ago, JP and I entered into the Sacrament of Marriage. We celebrated our anniversary on May 26, 2017. It was a beautiful day, and we are so thankful for each other, and for God growing us in love this past decade. We started the week off by watching our wedding video, and looking … Continue reading Celebrating Our Ten Year Wedding Anniversary!

Finding A New Mother In Mary

Before I was Catholic, I focused on Mary during the holiday season. I mostly thought about her, pregnant and heavy laden, making the long journey for the census just before her baby was to be born. Tired, searching for a place to rest. Giving birth in a dirty, humble place. Holding the infant Jesus in a … Continue reading Finding A New Mother In Mary

The Wedding Weekend And Marrying Into A Huge Catholic Family

This past weekend, we travelled to the great state of Minnesota for JP's youngest sister's wedding. There was a lot to look forward to, and the weekend didn't disappoint. First, the Sacrament of Marriage. Four of the five of us were able to stand up in the wedding. And, if I may, Lissie and Auggie … Continue reading The Wedding Weekend And Marrying Into A Huge Catholic Family

JP’s Corner: 15 Years Missing My Mother

Hello readers. I haven’t written in a while, and, I must say, it’s partly because I feel a tinge of cognitive dissonance about writing. In this internet age, no one talks to each other. We talk to everyone, but no one in particular. We all just put our thoughts out there without anyone actually asking … Continue reading JP’s Corner: 15 Years Missing My Mother