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New Favorite Thomas Aquinas Passage

    I am taking Christology at the Angelicum this semester. Right now we are reading Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae. One passage struck me as one of the most amazing texts I have had the privilege of seeing in a long time.       ST III. 8.3: Whether Christ is the head of all men? …

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Learning Cursive

Learning Cursive

     First grade in Italy is notoriously hard. I had not idea what to expect, but taught Sebastian all his letters and a little early reading this summer. I thought we might be adequately prepared.       Oh how I was wrong. The class is doing a cursive-intensive. They are not taking a letter…

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Cashing in Points

I can now zoom through razor-thin lanes and not even hold my breath as I pass cars.  I can understand the basic gist of most conversations and news reports on the radio.  I already alerted our landlord that we will want the heat turned on soon, since I know it takes 2 weeks to get…

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Learning to Read in Italian

 Sebastian is learning to read now that he’s in first grade–and it’a all in Italian. His little primer is about a baby bird, Pitti, and his mother. The first page says:       Ciao Mamma      La mamma è buona That’s it! That’s the first page that Sebastian has ever read in Italian. He…

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How Not to Cook Dinner for 10 Days

 My husband has been traveling for 10 days with the University of Dallas through southern Italy and Sicily. While he was giving sight lectures at historical and holy sights, I was wrangling 4 kids at home. Our fifth who still lives at home was on a trip in Texas–lucky girl!–and our sixth is in college….

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Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

 This is the season of the grape harvest. The strapping, burly Italian guy hired to do our property’s harvest is always smiling, waving, and exudes joy all day long. Then as I drive down the main road in Frascati, I sometimes find myself stuck behind another tractor such as the one in the photo below….

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First Day of First Grade

First Day of First Grade

 Today was Sebastian’s first day of first grade, and said it was the best day of his life! He got to see his old friends from last year, especially his best friend Paulo, and I think it was exciting for him to be at his own desk and have actual class. Soon this afternoon we’re…

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One of those almost perfect days

 Today is one of those almost-perfect days. . . Annie and Sebastian are snuggled under the covers watching The Sound of Music while Clare is straightening her hair. . . She has posted a video on TicToc and it is going viral, and her sisters are shouting from their bedrooms the number of views as…

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Syros and Sifnos

Syros and Sifnos

 Our time on the islands of Syros and Sifnos was a highlight of my life–getting rested, enjoying our time together as a family, spending time with Melia, and recalibrating in the midst of our intense life. I give thanks to God for this incredible opportunity! 

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Crete

Crete

In a rather daring move, we decided to add Crete to our itinerary here in Greece. Not close to other Greek islands, it has a history and culture of its own. We do not think of it as a fine tourist destination, but rather as a place of incredible historical and cultural interest. We have…

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