Mary’s Ballet Audition

     Mary just auditioned for a summer intensive ballet program.  The program is for one month this summer in NYC.  The audition, here in Dallas, was intense, but Mary was up for the task.  Who knows whether she will be admitted.  But it was a huge honor just to have her ballet teacher strongly…

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Mothers as Ministers

   Recently I had a conversation with an acquaintance who is my elder.  She was trying to be very cordial.  We are both pro-life, and we broached that topic.  When I mentioned that I sometimes serve at our local crisis pregnancy center, she said, “Ooo!  My!  You are a minister!  You have a ministry!”   …

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San Francisco with Leah

   Mary, Clare, Leigh and I had a great visit to San Francisco to visit my sister Leah!  I had been wanting to visit her for the longest time to see her new hometown.  She suggested that I come last weekend, when she was throwing a ball!  That’s right!  A ball!  So three of my…

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Annie

This precious girl lost her front tooth!      She recently read a 200 page Children’s Bible cover to cover!  She did that on her own initiative.  Every day, she came home from school, plopped down on the couch, and picked up where she had left off the day before.  It was an amazing sight…

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Running the Race with Perseverance

     Running has become important to me: after eight pregnancies and six live births, it is time for a half marathon!       Here is a picture of me running the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day: 8 miles.       In two weeks, I am scheduled to run the Hot Chocolate: 9 miles.  …

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My Girl’s Growing Up!

     For Leigh’s tenth birthday, she asked for “layers.”        What???!  This little girl??  She is so little, so precious, so young!  How could she be on the brink of being a pre-teen?  Just yesterday, she colored non-stop in coloring books and prayed our family’s evening prayers with her high-pitched, squeaky voice….

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My Worst Day Ever

     My worst day ever consisted in Sebastian throwing no less than ten all-out temper tantrums.  Additionally, the day was replete with him biting, scratching, and even licking me, pulling my hair, and basically acting like a ferrel animal!  He had been sick the previous two days, and although he registered no fever at…

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Messing Up

   As Catholics, it is important that we learn how to mess up well.  In fact, I typically devote each year to cultivating a particular virtue, and one year I chose “Messing Up Well” as the virtue I most needed to work on.    The reason why it is so important is that our faith…

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Mary Mother of God

   The Feast of Mary Mother of God is one of my favorite days of the year.  To me, it is the true Mothers’ Day.  It is a day in which the universal church celebrates the mother of Christ, who is himself True God and True Man in one Person.  It is a day in…

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