When Your Heart Isn’t Ready to Celebrate

Advent and Christmas are my favorite seasons of the year. I love getting ready for Christ’s birth and I cherish the memories my family makes as we celebrate the seasons. We have many traditions that we have incorporated into our lives that have brought meaning and joy to our celebrations. It’s a time filled with joy and wonder- especially when you have small children. For … Continue reading When Your Heart Isn’t Ready to Celebrate

When Your Kid Plays a Prank: How to Microwave a Turkey

Y’all… I can’t even!  I’m sure you’ve seen the “turkey in the microwave” prank that so many kids have been pulling on their parents. If you haven’t, let me give you a brief overview of it… Kid who lives out of the house texts mom or dad saying that they are going to be going to a “Friendsgiving” where they have been tasked to bring … Continue reading When Your Kid Plays a Prank: How to Microwave a Turkey

The Day Our Son Drowned

It’s funny; you don’t ever think it will happen to you. You read the articles and stories, you read the warnings but it never crosses your mind that one day you might be writing a story of your own. I had read how easily it was for people, especially little people, to drown without anyone really realizing it. It happens quickly and without warning. We … Continue reading The Day Our Son Drowned

When Monday Tries to Arrest You

My Monday started by one of the girls saying, “Mama, I think you better come here and see this. Leo needs your help.”  Those are never words that should go together… especially on a Monday morning. I found him in the kitchen sitting on the bench at the table in his little Superman underwear. Tears streaked his face. Around his ankle was a handcuff squeezing … Continue reading When Monday Tries to Arrest You

Taking Advantage of the Little Moments: Finding Time to Pray

If you have ever tried to create a prayer life when you have little ones underfoot you know that it can be nearly impossible on some days. St. Teresa of Avila once said that God moves among the pots and pans… and many years ago I adopted the idea of offering the things I do through the day as a prayer to God. While I … Continue reading Taking Advantage of the Little Moments: Finding Time to Pray

Why Should We Respect the Flag?

There has been much controversy regarding the NFL players (and others) decision to take a knee, stay in the locker rooms, or worse yet sit on the ground doing whatever they feel like doing while the National Anthem is playing. Why the controversy? Aren’t we free to protest in any peaceful way we deem fit? Isn’t it better to do something peaceful instead of rioting … Continue reading Why Should We Respect the Flag?

What’s Cooking at our House: Volume 1

It used to be that I planned our meals with great precision every two weeks. I fell away from that practice as life went out of control for a while. While I still cook each night, it seems lately it’s a mad rush at the last minute to figure out what in the heck we are going to eat. When you have 13 people living … Continue reading What’s Cooking at our House: Volume 1