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...]
“Sharpening the Saw” Sunday: What’s Working/Not Working? Time to ask the Hard Questions!
"Sharpening the Saw" is Stephen Covey's 7th Habit. You can see ALL of his Habits of Highly Effective People HERE. So here's the hard question: How do I go from feeling low low down (as in: last night I hit a wall) to feeling like Yes! I got this?! In a word, my weekly holy hour. (Okay so math is NOT my strong … [Read more...]
Let’s Taco (Soup) about It! Happy Cinco de Mayo ♥
Taco Soup! Because we have an absurdly busy Saturday ahead of us and because tomorrow is an extra-fun holiday and because the sun is shining for the first time in what seems like a month of Saturdays... I have resurrected this recipe (Easter pun intended) from my cooking blog and am posting it here for your (equally busy?) consideration. Taco … [Read more...]
“I can do ALL things”: Advice (and Commiseration) for the Parents of High School Seniors
The little gal in the photo above? She will be graduating in one short month... ...and suddenly we've entered the season of "lasts." The last choir concert, the last high school play, the last time Mom sneaks into her room to steal I mean, borrow a cute pair of earrings... How did she get here? How did I? Grace, more grace … [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...]
In the Mary Month of May: a Month of Blogging with a Special Emphasis on the Action of Grace
Because it's the first of May and I LOVE May, I am hoping to do a post/day every day, with special emphasis on the action of God's grace in our lives. For the record and in full disclosure, I will be highlighting some previously published entries from this blog....although there's no telling where the wind will take me! As in, I plan to add brand … [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 II)
I fear I got a bit carried away last Friday. I was so happy to be blogging again that I lost track of the original intention—which was, a post on Advent preparation—and veered madly down the path of family updates. Forgive me. Part I was an appetizer—my begin-again at blogging after a 3-month hiatus. Part II, please God, is the meat and … [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...]
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