I'm learning to redefine success by leaning into our ultimate goals as parents: to help our children become saints.
The other night, JP and I were doing something that required us to leave the house, and, since leaving the house is a special occasion these days, I decided to put on a bit of make-up, which hasn't happened, I don't think, since maybe Thanksgiving?
The Swells and Crests of Life We had a period of time this fall into early winter where things were relatively calm. I remember thinking to myself during that time, Remember to appreciate this. Be thankful for this. Because I've been around at least long enough to know that life comes in seasons, in swells and … Continue reading Strong But Not Superhuman
We All Want Happiness Men, many of us are being led astray. We all want happiness. But not everyone seems to know where to find it. What’s more, I suspect many of us who think we have it are blind to the possibility that what we have pales in comparison to the real thing. Those … Continue reading Men, We Are Being Led Astray
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
Oh man are we in the thick of it! And we only have three! Bless you mommas who have more. And bless you mommas who have less. Depending on the personality cocktail of our kids, one can seem like many, and many can seem like an army. Here's a few things, or tidbits, if you … Continue reading Superman, Spit-up Shirts, And Other Mommy Things
I purchased a bathroom scale for the first time in my life just over a month ago. It actually was kind of a difficult decision. I've never been super focused on the number on the scale. I know what a healthy weight range is for me, and, realistically I know I'll end up back there … Continue reading Skinny Vs. Strong. Managing A Postpartum Body While My Young Daughter Watches
One of the biggest things I've learned through my own journeys through postpartum depression and anxiety is how good we humans can be at looking like we are okay. That's partly why if I know you, and you have had a baby recently, there's a good chance I will do my best to check in … Continue reading The Invisible Struggle: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Then and Now
This is the story of a young girl, now grown woman, who looks back on a movie she absolutely loved and watched multiple times throughout her formative teenage and young adult years. It's about a dramatically changed opinion. It's about a call to awareness, a call to seek out Truth. And it all starts by … Continue reading The Problem With Pretty Woman