Monthly Archives: December 2016

Your Kids Are Sick? You’ve Got This. You’re A Superhero

A few weeks ago, our youngest daughter suddenly spiked a fever and went from her usual ornery self to lethargic. I whisked her off to the doctor’s office, thankful once again that our family has made it onto the “always … Continue reading

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The Perfectly Imperfect Mother of God

Two years ago, I asked my children (ages 15, 13, 10, 7, and 5) what they thought Mary was really like, and then I got out of their way. What follows is their conversation. My comments are in blue, the … Continue reading

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Going On 17

My sweet son, Seventeen today. It seems hard to believe that it’s already been seventeen years, but then I talk to you and it’s hard to believe that you’re still that young. You are this wonderful blend of mischievous little boy … Continue reading

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A Four-Present Christmas

With no Christmas bonus again this year (it’s been hard times in the oil industry, y’all), a new baby coming, and a wheelchair purchase on the horizon (she grew 7 inches in 18 months), we’re looking at a leaner Christmas … Continue reading

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Penitence and Ordinary Time

The Catholic world (according to my social media accounts) is filled right now with a determination to make this Advent a meaningful season.  The faithful are rediscovering that Advent was originally a penitential season second only to Lent.  They are … Continue reading

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What I Really Want For Christmas

It’s that Christmas gift-giving time of year again. Every year I give my family a list of practical things, because we live on a tight budget without a lot of wiggle room. Some years my family gets most of the … Continue reading

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