If you find yourself listening to the running commentary in your own mind, struggling with negative thoughts or worries or fears, if you are feeling like your life is somehow a mismatch for the things you feel are truly important, this might be a good resource to check out!
Because of this, one of my biggest take home messages of the year has interestingly been an intense reaffirmation of how often the most worth-it things are not the easiest.
The first yes that Mary gave to the angel found its fulfillment in the silent and continued yes of watching her son suffer for the salvation of all.
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.
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