Category parenting

Lessons from Darth Vader

Several years ago, we introduced our (now) 7 year old to the REAL Star Wars (episodes IV-VI). If you want, we can talk about my issues with I-III another time…. Star Wars is cheesy. Star Wars is fun. And, surprise!!! Star Wars is kinda deep, ya’ll. Star Wars was a huge part of my growing […]

My Most Important Audience

I started writing this Thursday. Had to finish it today. Which day it all happened is not really important. Today was one of those days. The stuff nightmares are made of. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. The kids have all had runny noses. The temperatures outside got very low last night, and it’s only (as far […]

My One Word & Saint for 2015

I’m choosing a theme for the year, again. I’m not sure, though if it’s the best way for me to make my goals/resolutions for the new year. See, as I was scrutinizing myself and my life, I came up with a theme: Balance. I need balance in my life or I’m not going to survive! […]

Why Your Kids Should Read Kristin Lavransdatter

I’ve been readin’ on this trilogy for a while now. In fact, I had a library nemesis who I was trying to get the books from. To my knowledge, she still has book three (stupid limitless teacher renewals!). So a very generous friend of mine lent me her own copy, which is all three books […]

Attachment Parenting is Not the Gospel

At some point after my “tirade” against Attachment Parenting (which you know was not really a “tirade” but more of a, “yo! why you be frontin’?”), a bunch of people were linking to Dr. Popcak’s blog post which (in a passive aggressive way, IMO) insisted that Attachment Parenting is the method with God’s stamp of […]

My Problem with Attachment Parenting

I try not to rant about things on the internet, but I think some parents need to hear this. I mustache you a question: Is it okay if I have a little rant? Let me preface this by telling you a little about our parenting choices. Within the first month of the first child of […]

How to Pray the Rosary (Even with Little Kids)

Sometimes on my blog, I explain Catholic practices apologetically, because I grew up outside the Catholic Church and believed many incorrect things about Catholic practices. Since there may be friends and family who still believe those things about Catholics and the Catholic faith, I write with at least some reference to the objections. Growing up, […]

My kids whine, and I’m starting to think its my fault

This guy. Oh, this little guy! Alasdair is such a sweet little boy. It’s funny because when he was born, I felt a very special bond with him. Different than with the girls. I keep wondering if there’s just a special something between mamas and their boys. He was a bit of a surprise. Nothing […]

8 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Kids Catholic

Why I’m writing about this: The other day on EWTN I heard Dr. Ray (sometimes I do listen to Catholic radio, if NPR is annoying me) ask the question, “How do I keep my child Catholic?” Because I was in a hurry and had just arrived at my location, I didn’t stick around to hear […]

Cheers & the Meaning of Life

This post is something been brewing for about a year now. Last year, while I was still pregnant with John Benedict (our 4th) and wrangling the other three (ages 4 and under), I experienced something I hadn’t experienced before. Friends, family, and perfect strangers took a particular interest in our fertility and wondered why we […]