Category Archives: Family Life

Matters Of The Heart: The Healing Power Of A Mother

  When my baby daughter was born with a heart valve defect, she had to be on oxygen for a few weeks after we came home. This meant we had a lot of extra equipment, like oxygen tanks, an oxygen … Continue reading

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Matters Of The Heart: How It All Began

She seemed perfectly healthy just after she was born. The labor and delivery were hard work, but worth the reward of meeting our beautiful daughter for the first time in the peaceful setting of a free-standing birth center. My husband … Continue reading

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The Importance of Piano Lessons And Other Pursuits Of Beauty

“I’m soooo bored!” my ten-year-old son whispered to me, as he fanned himself impatiently with his piano music.  Spending a beautiful fall afternoon listening to a piano teacher work with elementary level students probably wasn’t the most thrilling use of … Continue reading

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Exalting The Cross: A Letter To My Miscarried Baby

Dear Julian, On this day, your due date when I thought I would surely be holding you, I instead find myself holding a cross.  A cross of pain and sadness to be sure, but also, I’ve come to realize, a … Continue reading

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Holding On To The High Chair: What Our Stashed and Stored Baby Items Reveal About Hope and Trust

  I’ve reached an age where many of my peers are letting go of their baby items.  Whether it’s a huge garage sale, advertising items for sale on social media, or giving away items to others who can use them, … Continue reading

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TOB for TOTS: A Retreat

“The ‘affirmation of the person’ is nothing other than welcoming the gift, which, through reciprocity, creates the communion of persons.” Theology of the Body 15:4 How do we convince our children that they are a gift?  How do we assure … Continue reading

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Fall Leaves And Works of Mercy

  Fall leaves grace our nature table.  The seasons are changing, and so is my family.  My youngest children delight in placing their pine cones just so into their basket.  My 6-year-old pauses to touch the pretty leaves and sings … Continue reading

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