2019 New Year family thoughts & musings

2019 New Year family thoughts & musings
Yesterday, we embraced our Wisconsin family after our annual Christmas celebration. As we departed through the garage, we noticed a sign that reads, “Success is a journey, not a destination.” That rings true as we humbly look toward 2019 and another family New Year. A 2018 highlight includes some hiking. Our now eight-year-old inspired a post-hike... Read more »

Love from our family for a Chicago Merry Christmas

A friend’s Christmas card quotes, “May you be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” 1 Peter 1:8. That feeling of exuberant delight epitomizes the ultimate best wishes for our Chicago Merry Christmas. The grace and light of this season honors the birth of Jesus Christ who died for our salvation, but struggles a bit... Read more »

What happy homecoming means

Our five-year-old understands the literal meaning of home. He abstractly outlined our brick structure where we live. He added details such as the dining room table and bunk beds. A home may vary from a modest dwelling to the more elaborate. Is home a place, community, feeling, or something more? A home often includes family... Read more »
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Harry Potter Halloween family magic

*BEWARE OF SPOILER ALERTS* The J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series continues to capture the hearts of readers around the world since The Sorcerer’s Stone’s publication more than 20 years ago. According to Pottermore, 500 million Harry Potter books have been sold in over 80 languages. The first novel opens with owls circling Harry Potter’s Aunt and Uncle’s... Read more »

40 simple pleasures for 40 years

40 simple pleasures for 40 years
Ancient philosopher Saint Augustine, who leveraged Plato’s teachings, links forty with perfection. While this new 40-year-old strives for order; we still embrace a life of imperfection, rich in beauty of simple moments and favorite things with loved ones. When little ones whistle — like the birds — they make your heart soar. When you feel overwhelmed with... Read more »

Grandparents Day and our Cape Cod family vacation

President Jimmy Carter made Grandparents Day official 40 years ago. The day falls the first Sunday after Labor Day. The occasion reinforces the significance of elders. Our boys’ grandparents bless our family with love and traditions. We recently returned from our annual vacation in Cape Cod with our parents. Our parents drive 1,000 miles in... Read more »

Thoughts on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse

Last Sunday, our priest addressed the Catholic Church and sexual abuse facts directly in his homily. He relayed how he and priest friends met for lunch and addressed the usual church news. Most recently and tragically, 300 priests were named in a grand jury report that reports the sexual assault of more than 1,000 victims in Pennsylvania.  It... Read more »

Five Types of Small Talk

People seem to either love or hate small talk. My chatty sister asked a mother and daughter pair to snap this photo south of Boston with our brother and our kids. They quickly realized we live near each other in Chicago and share friends. SAFE. The mother-in-law, who helped distract our little ones for this photo opp,... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »

3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »