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Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian

We went to Mass at the Basilica of San Sebastiano where St. Sebastian is buried. His tomb is above a beautiful statue of his martyrdom. Across from this enclave is another with Bernini’s last statue, Christ as Savior of the World. It is so beautiful.  Being in that church was very moving to me. It…

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Leigh is now at the Swiss School of Rome

Leigh is now at the Swiss School of Rome

 Look at who is starting high school–at the Swiss School of Rome! The primary language is German and the default language is Italian. She studied German all summer and is at the B1 level. And now she really starts learning!    She just went on an overnight excursion with her class to a place with…

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Can You Believe Clare?

Can You Believe Clare?

 Can you even find her in this sea of huge, bald, Italian men?  This is Clare’s jiu-jitsu class! In the U.S., she trained in the kids’ class for many years. Getting back into it, she is now considered an adult at this school. So, she is learning to train with these burly guys! And she…

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Missing Our Grandad

Missing Our Grandad

Today we celebrate the life of Kenneth Rombs. The great-grandfather of our six children, the grand-father of Ron, Kenneth was a truly great man. My favorite thing about him when we first met was visiting the cabin that he built with his own 2 hands, and him driving his boat and taking me for a…

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VLOGGING Santa Maria in Trastevere

VLOGGING Santa Maria in Trastevere

Although I have 6 episodes of “Captivated by Motherhood” up on my YouTube channel, my sweet son Jacob said, “Mom, you should just vlog stuff as well!” And so it begins, with this short clip on one of the oldest and most famous churches in Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere:  https://youtu.be/XXHm-4Hf-jY 

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Rest in Peace, Fr. Joe Koeterski

Rest in Peace, Fr. Joe Koeterski

 I am grieving the loss of my dear friend and mentor, Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J. He died suddenly of a heart attack as he was giving a retreat at Fordham University, his place of residence and work.    He taught me Thomas Aquinas and was my spiritual director as I was in graduate school and…

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New Video Podcast

 The long-awaited second episode of my video podcast, “Captivated by Motherhood,” is now live! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/5WzZ2JVIoPg Episode 3 is coming soon! 

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Sebastian in the Hospital

Sebastian in the Hospital

After multiple doctors’ visits to figure out why he has such bad acid reflux, Sebastian was admitted to the Children’s Hospital in Dallas to do a procedure on his GI track. I was grateful to be in the US, grateful for good medical care. I was grateful that the docs would give him general anesthesia…

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