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A simple St. Patrick’s Day appetizer: Shamrock-shaped tortilla chips

Every Sunday my fellow small group leader and I bring a snack for our second graders to enjoy in our Sunday School class. Because it was St. Patrick's Day, I thought we might make the snack a little more fun than usual.
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Fortune cookies, Shamrock Shakes, muskrat dinners, zoo charades, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Don't you just love fortune cookies? You get a cookie that has a little note just for you inside.
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Remembering an Irish priest

When I think of growing up in St. Pius X parish in Rodgers Forge, I think of Msgr. Baumgartner.
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Thoughts as Lent begins, our final-final Chinese New Year celebration, Pancake Tuesday, and ballroom dancing (7 Quick Takes)

We really love Ash Wednesday, don't we? I love how it’s not even a holy day of obligation, and yet churches fill with people who want to receive ashes. There’s something about that mark of humility and repentance that feels so right.
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What Jesus hopes for you this Lent

Lent isn't a test we will pass or fail. It's an opportunity. It's an invitation.
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A basket of intentions for Lent, spelling words, jumbo playing cards, a Cinderella story, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Every Lent we fill a basket with slips of paper with the names of people we know—living and deceased. We pull one out every morning and pray for that person that day. It’s a simple concept, but it works well for our family.
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Cookies for dinner

Often what I’m asking for isn’t what I need, but the equivalent of a chocolate chip cookie for dinner.
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The dog who could read (but didn’t know how to find her way home)

Once upon a time there was a dog. She broke free from her yard and went exploring.
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Snow days, packing lunches, veggie tray creations, and possible summer destinations (7 Quick Takes)

You have to love a snow day that falls on a Wednesday. I mean, you don’t have to, but I enjoyed having a day off in the middle of the week.
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You know you’re lucky when…

There are so many things that people say are lucky. There are horseshoes, four-leaf clovers, and rabbit’s feet, of course. Then there’s walking through a spiderweb, getting hit with bird excrement, and rain on your wedding day.
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Ice and snow, last-minute Valentine’s Day cards, pickle opinions, and a poem for you (7 Quick Takes)

One morning I went out to start the car and realized it was encased in ice. I tried to open the door to turn on the engine and start defrosting the windows, but I couldn’t get it open.
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When you throw a pig party for Chinese New Year

When we first started celebrating the Chinese New Year, we put a plastic toy tiger on a cake, sliced the cake with a few cousins, and called it a party.
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