Category: faith

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion

Mother's perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral & child's First Communion
Almost ten years ago in Paris, near the cobblestone streets and Seine River, I obsessed about my next serving of ice cream, crème brûlée, and the baby boy I carried at 20 weeks pregnant. The Gothic structure of Notre Dame, which translates to Our Lady or Mother of God, took our breath away. When recent news... Read more »

Sweet spot of parenting

Some veteran parents affirm that each parenting stage is full of blessings. The good times in family life generally outweigh more complicated matters and fleeting moments of humbling self-doubt and exhaustion. Some of us can reflect and appreciate how our parents prevailed through it all. Wise elders, including my husband’s parents in heaven, anchor our family... Read more »

'The Game of Life' now includes pets & more

During our 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex, we busted out our eight-year-old’s new ‘The Game of Life’. He read the directions and started each contestant with a car, a ‘spin to win’ token, a child via either pink or blue peg, and one pet, cat or dog, and $200,000. Similar to the old school game, characters may... Read more »
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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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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 »
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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 »