Preparing for the new year by examining the last one and considering what is really important, with a free printable worksheet.
Catholicism, Musings

The Act of Contrition: a Meditation for the New Year

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.) 2017, y'all. Crazy town. Is there anybody who didn't have a rough go in 2017? That whole 2016-2017 package, guys. Can we all just breathe a… Continue reading The Act of Contrition: a Meditation for the New Year

How to model and teach generosity and charity to kids in difficult circumstances.
Musings, Parenting, Simplicity

How To Teach Generosity {When You Don’t Have Much to Give}

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Sometimes, I feel like a miser. Our finances have been rickety for a while. Then, last year they got better! Woot! But this… Continue reading How To Teach Generosity {When You Don’t Have Much to Give}

Why one convert chooses not to veil in Mass.
Catholic/Protestant Issues, Catholicism, Conversion, Musings

The One Reason I Don’t Veil at Mass

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Veiling. As a relative newcomer to the Church, I usually like to stay away from those lively, in-house hot buttons. I feel like… Continue reading The One Reason I Don’t Veil at Mass

An encouraging post for busy times in our lives.
Large family, Musings, Simplicity

In Defense of Being Busy

"Oh, I'm so busy!" We have a love-hate relationship with being busy, don't we? Wherever we are in life, there are voices that will try to make us feel guilty about it. On the one hand, we have a lot to do. We have families, jobs, responsibilities, hopes, dreams, hobbies. Our days fill up fast.… Continue reading In Defense of Being Busy

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

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

The secret of happiness according to St. Gianna and Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
Catholicism, Musings, Parenting

Moment by Moment: the secret of happiness for moms (and everybody else)

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) "The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to… Continue reading Moment by Moment: the secret of happiness for moms (and everybody else)

Staying sane: self-care in crisis mode; working from home
Fitness, Moving, Musings

How I’m staying sane while my world has gone mad

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) So while things haven't really gone swimmingly for us this year, at least they have finally calmed down a little. It's really only… Continue reading How I’m staying sane while my world has gone mad

Musings

Desert Children

All my kids have grown up in the desert. I'm good with that, I like the desert, and despite North Carolina being really gorgeous with lovely people, I do miss Utah - climate, friends, family - rather a lot. I'm slow to adjust to change. The kids miss their grandparents, for sure, but they are… Continue reading Desert Children