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Halloween costumes and emotions, November prayers, St. Verdiana, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Even with all the worry about the weather, we got in a beautiful night of trick-or-treating, winding our way through our Halloween-happy neighborhood.
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Voting to change the date of Halloween: Trick or treat?

Rain is in the forecast for Halloween night, so our neighborhood created a poll. Suddenly, I found I was allowed to vote on which night Halloween would be.
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A day at the races, searching for costumes, homemade birthday cards, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our friend Theresa invited us to go to the Maryland Million with her, so our boys and I headed down to Laurel for a few hours at the races.
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The magnificence of an underwhelming autumn

Maybe there’s a little extra wonder when we almost overlook that evolution—in nature and even in ourselves.
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A special moment during Communion

It was a simple exchange—but I was struck by the power and the beauty of that interaction between a husband and wife.
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The arrival of autumn, a day trip, meeting a chinchilla, and a flyswatter update (7 Quick Takes)

Fall is such a beautiful season. I do love the mums and the pumpkins and the wondering when my children will tell me what they want to be for Halloween so we can make a mad dash to the store to find costumes.
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A fun gift on an ordinary day

It was a special day—just as each and every day is. And it was made even more special by this unparalleled gift from a friend.
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Birthday card shopping, St. Francis, flea marketing, wedding fun, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Today is my husband’s birthday! I don’t know how we will celebrate, but our boys and I picked out a few gifts, and we each chose a card for him.
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When life gives you blue ice cream with sprinkles

My son looked at me, and I looked at him. No words were spoken. All questions were answered in his eyes.
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A rose from St. Therese

If you’ve ever prayed a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux, you know that as you pray, you start looking for roses.
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Getting cornfused in a maze, dress shopping, an apple pie in the new kitchen, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Many years autumn comes and autumn goes and we haven’t had a chance to do the fun fall things we look forward to all year. This year we are trying to be more intentional about fitting things in.
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