5 Easy Ways to Work the Liturgical Year Into Your Busy Life

working the liturgical year into a busy schedule

  The Catholic liturgical year is full of feasts to celebrate. And Pinterest is full of ways to feel inferior about how you do (or do not) celebrate it.  Even though the liturgical year has already begun, I thought I would share this while you are setting goals for the upcoming year. I’ve come up with a 5 step way to introduce liturgical year feasts & celebrations into even the busiest seasons of life. 1. Christmas & Easter Evaluating your {Read More}

5 More Ways to Include Faith in Family Time

Since sharing 5 Ways to Schedule Faith into the New School Year, I have been reflecting further upon how my family intentionally integrates faith practices into our daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms.  I thought I would share what works for us in the hopes that our family’s practices might inspire yours, and that, perhaps, you would care to share back what works for your family. Daily, our family focuses on: Prayer Pegs, which are daily habits of prayer and faith {Read More}

Making Do: Lessons from a Squirrel’s Nest

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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}

5 Ways to Schedule Faith into the New School Year

The school year is already upon some of us, and, for others, it is coming up quickly.  So, scheduling, shopping, organizing supplies and checking off sundry to-do’s may be at forefront of your mind. If so, might I suggest that you pause a minute. Before you continue to be swept away in the back-to-school hullabaloo, just pause. Get quiet. Pray. Ponder:  Are there any habits, rituals or practices that my family and I might develop this year to strengthen our {Read More}

Hands-On Parenting

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I have no memories of my mother playing with me as a child.  She read to me a lot, we went on outings together, and we cooked together on occasion.  But I can’t remember actually playing together, and I think most of my friends would say the same things about their mothers.  Recently, I’ve become aware of what a huge contrast this is to my own parenting style. Since I have only one child, it’s not surprising that I spend {Read More}

A Decluttering Challenge: 40 Bags in 40 Days

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I’m in the throes of children’s consignment sale season over here.  I’m furiously going through my basement and closets, ironing, hanging and tagging. During the mundane task of ironing, my brain tends to wander. “What are you going to do for Lent?” I generally have a million lofty goals for Lent, and end up being about 10% successful. This year, I’m setting my sights for more reasonable achievements, and hope to clean my house in the process. It stands to {Read More}

Indoor Play Ideas to Combat Cabin Fever

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Winter can be a really tough season for moms of young kids.   I myself spend most of the winter indoors, because I have a very narrow (i.e. wimpy) temperature range that I can tolerate for any length of time. While I miss the outdoors and the warmer weather (warm weather, not hot!), I personally don’t struggle too much in the winter.  I love being home, and getting out for errands, activities and my part-time job is enough to keep me {Read More}

My Piece of Heaven

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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}