When I think about the kinds of stories I want to write for kids, it always comes back to that underlying pulse of hope.
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
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
Breathing Hope So much of my life is framed by hope. I hope the kids will sleep well, I hope the weather will be nice, I hope I'll have time to drink my coffee. Hope, hope, hope. Little things like that. And big things, too. I hope I'll be a published author some day. I … Continue reading The Inescapable Beauty of Hope
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
I think we've all seen or heard someone make a joke about "Catholic Guilt" at one point or another. This article explores what Catholic Guilt is, really. And if it's actually funny. Or, on the other hand, if it a misrepresentation of something meant for our good. What is Sin? It's important to get on … Continue reading What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?
It's been a bit quiet over here on the blog for the past few weeks. A great sadness entered into my family's life on February 4th, and it's taken me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to say. It didn't seem right to write about anything else besides this, and I felt … Continue reading Walking Through Lent During A Time of Loss
The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How … Continue reading Being “Gift” In A “Take” World
The Dream Things I thought would happen after I told people I was becoming Catholic: People would ask "why," then sit, leaning forward, eyes wide as I told the whole story. The story of all my misconceptions, and all the truth and beauty I'd found. They'd ask questions to better understand, and they'd start seeking … Continue reading The Hidden Blessing in Waiting to Tell My Story