How pride and vanity cripple us when we get hit by disaster.
Catholicism, Large family, Musings

Vanity, Faith, and Hard Times: Believing in God’s Love When Everything Goes Wrong

"Eight kids!? Wow, that's great. As long as you can support them, that's great." Preparing for my daughter to be released from the hospital after a long and exhausting week, I was chatting with one of the nurses. Making conversation, she had asked me how many kids we had. I might not have really noticed… Continue reading Vanity, Faith, and Hard Times: Believing in God’s Love When Everything Goes Wrong

A convert's perspective on the classic Peace Prayer of St. Francis.
Catholic/Protestant Issues, Catholicism, Conversion

Catholic Piety for Protestants No. 2: The Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Welcome to the second post of my series on Catholic piety for Protestants and converts; in this series I am delving into some of the classic prayers of the Church. Catholic piety is not typically well understood in Protestant circles, and as a convert I found this to be an area that was both fascinating… Continue reading Catholic Piety for Protestants No. 2: The Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Hectic, busy times can be a kind of desert in our lives.
Large family, Moving, Musings, Parenting, Simplicity

A Desert of Busyness

Life gets complicated, sometimes. First off, we did move again, so here we are in a new state. We actually left North Carolina on the very day that we traveled there last year, in an odd, unplanned coincidence. Now, we're in the middle of all the unpacking, the tortuous paperwork, and errands involved with relocating… Continue reading A Desert of Busyness