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Screen Time (in rhyme)

A little poetry to mark an ordinary every day memory
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Joy and sorrow, remembering a much-loved brother-in-law, and other moments from the week (7 Quick Takes)

We are grieving the loss of a young and much loved husband, father of four, brother-in-law, son, brother, and uncle.
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A rose and an answered prayer (or what happened after our child care fell apart)

Two weeks ago when I was praying a novena to St. Therese, I asked her help on a number of things. I explained to her about our children’s transition to their new school.
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Birthday celebrations, an inflatable pug, goalie lessons, and orange you glad it’s time for 7 Quick Takes

Our 4th grader is learning the state capitals. If you’ve never had a child learning the state capitals, maybe that doesn’t sound like an excuse. But I consider it a part-time job.
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The joy of gift-giving (or a special moment on the Feast of St. Francis)

It seemed as if I had all summer to hunt for a statue, and though I kept my eyes open, I couldn’t find the right one in time for his birthday.
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Driving away the shadows

St. Francis of Assisi must be one of the best-known saints. But I didn’t feel a special connection to him until 14 years ago when I went on a retreat.
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Are you smarter than a 4th grader, trumpet playing, Cinderella’s glass slipper, and plarn (7 Quick Takes)

Our older son gets to read a book of his choice for 20 minutes each night. I love that this week that homework assignment turned into reading aloud to his little brother.
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Swinging into fall, hats, the joy of soccer, prayer lives, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Between soccer, Sunday School, and learning all the states in the U.S., we don’t have much free weekend time.
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Finding God in a geography lesson

Our fourth grader has to be able to label all the states in the U.S. on a map in five minutes.
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School days, backup cameras, fun homework, and our brush with Dog Man fame (7 Quick Takes)

As I was walking our boys toward the school entrance yesterday morning, Leo ran on ahead to get inside. Daniel stayed back with me, but when we were still a distance from the school, he said, “Can you walk back to the car now?”
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