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Talking birthday wishes and what a little boy wants to be when he grows up

It’s not often I get one-on-one time with one of my nieces or nephews, and I love learning more about each of them.
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Catapulting into a new faith opportunity

God gives us each different talents. Some of us are better with cats or catechesis than catapults, but there’s a role for each of us.
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Mothers are detectives, celebrating brothers, a lesson in humility, and a trumpet (7 Quick Takes)

At the end of each school day, you might think that our children happily share every detail about recess, math class, lunch, what their teacher told them, and how many friends they made.
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The emotions of the first day at a new school

Today, you see, was not just the first day of the school year. It was the first day of a school year at a new school.
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The cat at the crab feast

He wasn’t even supposed to be there. The 15-year-old cat had been at the vet the day before. His health was failing, and there was nothing more that could be done.
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Blogging about blogging and a day trip to Virginia

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a gathering of Catholic women bloggers in Front Royal, Va. We drove down as a family of four, and my husband and our boys went off to explore Skyline Drive and the Skyline Caverns during the day.
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Talking to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton about the start of the new school year

Last week I told the boys that today would be our pilgrimage day—that we would pick a destination and go pray for a great school year.
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Nothing to fear but the Ferris wheel

As I stood on the ground and watched them go up, I was suddenly scared. God has entrusted my husband and me with raising these two amazing children, and I just put them on a ride that would take them far up into the sky.
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Praying for victims of Hurricane Harvey and finding inspiration in a priest in a kayak

What a frightening time for the people who are affected by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. They are in desperate need of our prayers—prayers for those who are being rescued and those doing the rescues, along with prayers for many who are still waiting and hoping that they will be able to stay...
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When cousins come to town, screen safety, the eclipse, shuffling, and a mini-reunion (7 Quick Takes)

My niece and nephew are spending the week with my parents, and with Daniel’s Gotcha Day, soccer practice, and other excitement, the week has been getting away from us without any solid cousin time. So yesterday I took our boys over to play.
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Kicking off the soccer season (and looking for my rose-colored glasses)

As we prepared for our first practice of the year, I may not have been the most excited member of the family. Soccer is a great sport, but I’m just not a fan of extracurricular activities that throw our lives into a tailspin for months.
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