Tuesday, November 26, 2013

One of "Those Days"

It’s been one of those days.

The fact that I can say that and you probably know what I mean brings me comfort. Because, the thing is, we all have “those days”. Days where you

Friday, November 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 4 - Birthdays, Rice Cereal, Nursing, Troubleshooting, and Tardiness

Okay, so last week, as I was signing off my quick takes, I told you it was my oldest boy's birthday (the preschooler). He turned four last Saturday.

(Random Aside: I have the *HARDEST* time just typing a number like "four" or "4" without combining them into the lawyer construction combo "four (4)" . . . Sigh. #LawyerHabits, #OCD, #NeedALife).

For a four-year-old, he had a pretty exciting birthday! We got him a

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Broken Child, My Despair, Pope Francis, and a Prayer: Living as a Member of the Body of Christ

Last night, as I was cleaning up the house after bedtime, I came across the Sunday paper. It was lying on the dining room table, where my parents had left it after dropping off my older boys earlier that day. I had half a mind to just toss the whole thing in the recycling bin and be done with it so I could continue cleaning, but, out of a sense of obligation, I opened it and quickly began paging through it in order to remove this week’s sale ads and coupons.

As I was paging, my eyes came to rest on an editorial. The headline read “When will the cries of children be heard?” Immediately, I felt a knot tighten in my stomach. I knew I did not want to read the editorial, but something compelled me to pause and read. I didn’t even make it halfway through

Saturday, November 9, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 3 - Recovery, Running, Carnival, and Mama-Love

Another stressful week, so these takes are late! Again! Argh! After my mother-in-law's brain surgery last week, I'm not complaining because I'll happily take a "super busy" week over a week filled with fear/anticipation over potentially life-threatening surgery.

Speaking of my mother-in-law, her recovery has been

Saturday, November 2, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 2 - Saints, Materialism, The Pledge, Halloween, and Surgery


Well, I'm a day late and a dollar short (you will understand why after QT#5), but here goes anyway . . .

Happy (belated) All Saints Day! Over the years, I have come across the lives of several saints that have resonated with me, but the first saint I really studied (because, despite 19 years of Catholic education, I would have to say that my exposure to the saints through formal education was pretty lacking) was my confirmation saint, St. Felicity (also known as