If you're a mom of teens (and they don't need to be girls, by the way) READ ON, because I need your help in surviving the next two weeks, and if you don't help me I'm gonna crack. "What's in it for me?" you may well demand. Prayers. Devotion. A large Campfire Mocha at the local Caribou. First, a preemptive paragraph about my insane … [Read more...]
What do Dentists and Doughnuts have in Common?
NOTHING! They have nothing in common apart from a delightful D-themed alliteration. Oh, and teeth. Let's not forget that sugar and dental work go hand-in-hand--hand-in-hand...drills and fillings--but it's not like my six-year-old cared a whit when it came to losing that top front tooth. It had been hanging from a thread, that tooth, and oh … [Read more...]
An Irish Blessing from a Little French Mom
Many, many years ago, as I was passing through the kitchen on the way to the coffee pot, an orange Nerf gun bullet whizzed past my head. Spinning around, I spied my then 9-year-old crouched behind the counter. "Shoot!" he grinned. "I missed the little French woman." That boy is now a 21-year-old man and--would you believe?--that story was one … [Read more...]
Around the Year with the von Trapp Family: Newly (re)Published, Vintage Truths….and 25% off for the Holidays!
(Use discount code radio25 when ordering.) When asked to review the newly (re)published Around the Year with the von Trapp Family, I didn’t hesitate. Knowing Maria von Trapp (of Sound of Music fame), I knew the book would be beautifully written and full of vintage truths... ...and knowing Sophia Institute Press, I knew that the book itself … [Read more...]
Ready, Set…Redemption! A Begin-Again Guide to Advent
Part I Note (aka Warning) to Reader: I've been away awhile and am feeling wordy. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to setting sail on the sea of life, my little boat bounces around a LOT. I’m 52; you’d think I’d have things figured out! Still. I think I’m getting there. Do you want to know my secret for calming down the … [Read more...]
Mommy Bears, Moose Crossings and More: MCHEC 2018 and…Alaska?
So what does a Catholic homeschool conference and Alaska have in common? Momma bears, first off, and lots of them! You really must not mess with a Catholic homeschooling momma. I know this because I am a Momma Bear Maximus and have ties to both the MCHEC conference and the Catholic homeschooling community in Alaska. And … [Read more...]
Some Thoughts on Spring and Mindful Living
Long story short: Gather ye rosebuds petals while ye may! That’s the super-abridged version of what it means to practice mindful living. But since when have I ever kept things brief? Come, Holy Spirit, come! Help me to say what I long to say about these stunningly beautiful trees. First, the bad news: The springtime … [Read more...]
An Unparalleled Ascent to an Amazing Mother’s Day
Okay, so whose idea was it to schedule Mother’s Day in May, when calendars are packed and tensions run high?! How can our families possibly meet our expectations when they’re running off to soccer games and/or coming down off their spring concert highs? It’s not fair. I say we switch dates with dear old Dad, who gets a nice chill time slot in … [Read more...]
Stranger Things & Scary Smartphones: Part II
How a Hit #Netflix Series is Helping me Parent This is a 3-Part Series on the Need to Establish Smartphone Monitoring, including (but not limited to) a Stranger Things list of what to do and NOT do. (You can read Part I HERE.) Okay, okay, I get it. Part 1 was written eight years ago and you're thinking...What the heck, Margaret?! Why's … [Read more...]
MuTu and You: an Endorsement
As I type this, I am sitting straight in my chair—no slumping for this momma, as you’ll soon see why! Here is the view from my workspace: Beautiful, no? We went over the river (pictured above) and through the woods...Thanksgiving was at Grandma’s. Cathy and Doug (aka Grandma & Grandpa) are wonderful cooks. I ate and drank it … [Read more...]
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