Making Do: Lessons from a Squirrel’s Nest

Squirrel by Greencolander on Flickr

This is not my story. What I mean to say is that I’m writing it and making the connection, but the story is not originally mine. It is my mother’s. My mother is a foster mom for at-risk infants and a case coach for families using a short term custody program. She regularly visits local Chicago hospitals and social service sites. In the middle of last winter, she was driving to a meeting on the south side of Chicago. One {Read More}

Potty-training, Evangelization and the Spiritual Journey

Clara Lake 2012

My daughter is almost 3. With baby #3 on the way we were really hoping we could have her potty-trained soon. We’ve already done two kids in diapers and it can be a bit of a burden on the monthly budget no matter which way you look at it. Plus, 3-year-old diapers are gross. Problem number one, my daughter is SO stubborn (my husband likes to call it independent – wonder where she gets it?). There isn’t any enticing this {Read More}

How to Help Children Recognize the Holy Spirit in Their Lives

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Pentecost is upon us, once again early this year! This celebration is truly the beginning of our lives in the Spirit, the third member of our Blessed Trinity. However, in our marriage, the biggest obstacle of building a relationship with the Holy Spirit is recognizing it! With two preschoolers in the house, the concept of the Holy Spirit can be a bit nebulous and daunting to explain. We have found that the easiest way for them to learn is by {Read More}

My Piece of Heaven


My husband told me during date night last night that the reason he wants to consult is only to make enough money to move to the Mediterranean with his trophy wife… Besides the fact that after 3 kids I consider myself pretty far-flung from a trophy wife (although I adore his playful compliment), there is something so enticing, simple and poetic about that dream. If only it could be true. And yet, there is something biblical about that dream. There {Read More}

Time to Grow Up

Crazy Mama and Comfort Kitty

If you are in a particularly sensitive hormonal place today, which is perfectly acceptable and understood in this community, now may be the time to stop reading because ladies, I’ve got news for you: it’s time to grow up. Whether you’re approaching 20, 30, 40 or 50, if you have a job, if you have or have had a marriage, if you have a family, if you’ve voted, if you have a mortgage, if you have a credit card, if {Read More}

Feast of St. Rose of Lima – August 23

Saint Rose Of Lima by Glitter & Grunge Studio

I’m always trying to find new ways to teach my children about the saints, especially the less popular saints. The majority of activities for the saints are geared toward older kids and we’re on short supply of those around here! Theology lessons have to be boiled down to pictures, quick activities and food in most cases. I spent the last week or so working out a lesson on St. Rose of Lima whose optional feast day is August 23rd. St. {Read More}

Teaching Goodbye

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The last few months have included a few big goodbyes in our life. We lost our beloved yellow kitty very unexpectedly in March. We woke up on a Saturday morning to a very sad and tender little kitty and we had to put him down on Sunday afternoon. The kids barely got to say goodbye to him. My sister and brother-in-law were in the process of adopting a beautiful baby girl when they baby’s mom decide she was going to {Read More}

Peanut Butter Blast


I am the most recent in long line of peanut butter parents. Growing up, my dad relied on peanut butter to get him through the nights when my mom worked at the hospital. Triple-decker pb&j sandwiches complemented peanut butter spoon snacks. There is no smell in this world that reminds me more of my childhood than a toasted slice of homemade sour-dough bread with a thin layer of peanut butter spread across it. Peanut butter is a staple in our own family {Read More}