Lunar Eclipse!

     The lunar eclipse is so beautiful!  I sat out and watched it with Ron and Jake.  The last one I saw, 25 years ago, was with my dad.  Miss you, RAK!     Speaking of Jake, today Jake sat down next to me and said, “I’m thinking about becoming a parish priest.  I think…

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Upside Down Living

     As a mother, I feel like I am living a life upside down.  That does not just mean that I am keeping a crazy pace that is topsy-turvy!  What is also upside down are my priorities.      I began my adult life wanting to promote myself.  I wanted an impressive career.  I…

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I Miss You Too!

    “Are you happy to be going to school, Leigh?”    “Yes!  Except, I really miss you, Mom,” as she pats me on the arm.     Now, THAT is sweet.     I really DO miss home schooling!

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Everybody Wants a Special Life

     Everybody wants a special life.  Everybody wants to do something significant, something important, something exciting.     When she was alive, my grandmother used to recount that one day, when her children were raised and gone, she sat on her front porch steps and wondered, “Is this all?  What is my life for?”…

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Book. . . What book?

    It is so funny. . . my friend/editor saw me recently, and mentioned the book I am writing and she is editing.  She asked me about the number of chapters I plan to write.  I got confused as to how many I have even written so far.  I thought that was sort of…

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“The perfection of charity”

     In every Mass, we pray that God would give us the grace to bring us to the “perfection of charity,” that to which Christ commands us at the end of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5?48).  Really??!?  The perfection of charity?  Perfect love of every single person, including strangers, our enemies,  ourselves?…

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I’ve got the joy

  Every morning, Clare (of all people) starts us off with a song on the car ride to school: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  She likes starting the day off with joy.  She says it makes the whole day go well.    I’ll tell you what I WOULD HAVE…

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Happy Birthday, Jacob!

   Ron, Jacob, and another Dad took 6 boys to the lake–they had a blast.  It is really something to see Jacob turn into a young man.     The other Dad told Ron that Jacob corrected one of his friends who had taken the Lord’s name in vain.  Ron said to the Dad, “Oh,…

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Jake’s Cross Country Meet

Jake made the core team of cross-country this week and raced in his first meet.  Not starting out life as an athlete, he is sure making up some ground! His dad is training for a marathon in December.  So he is inviting Jake to do some of his training with him.  Boy, Jake is about…

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