Christianity Category

How Much Do You Really Want Me?

“Can we go to daily Mass every day this week?” The question floated sweetly to my ears on a whisper from my oldest child’s lips. I glanced down at her face, radiating with innocent joy, as she looked up at me, hopeful that I might say yes. At that time, we were going through a […]

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Can I Have…?

Lately, my kids have been a choir of desire, constantly listing all their wants and demands before me. It’s true they need my permission and my help to get the things they want, but the majority of their words expose their single-minded focus on themselves. All day long, all I hear is: “Can I have…?” […]

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Sales Pitch of a Lifetime

You know those times when your kind, sweet kiddos transform into selfish savages who are constantly at each other’s throats? (No? Is that just us?) Well, that’s where we are right now. I’m no stranger to these stages. We tend to undulate into them every so often. No one cares about anyone else. No one […]

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The Story of My Birth

My kids have been passing around the flu like a game of hot, hot, feverish potato. So far, my two-year-old has been hit the worst. The stomach bug completely stripped him of his smiley, independent demeanor and replaced it with whining, screaming, hitting, and the inability to ever be put down. For nearly a week […]

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Open Dis!

We have a refrigerator with a freezer on the bottom. Which didn’t seem like a big deal. Until my two-year-old discovered popsicles. One night before dinner, he wrapped his little fingers around the thick handle and tugged. Hard. But nothing happened. He knew his muscles weren’t strong enough to open the big door, but he’s […]

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How My Baby Survived My Miscarriage

Repost from August 2016. I met my baby one day after everything had been surgically sucked out of my uterus. Not in the remains from the surgery. Not even in a photograph of the carnage. But inside my body. On an ultrasound of my Fallopian tube. There, nestled in the nook of a narrow tube, […]

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Separation Anxiety

My son has a severe case of separation anxiety. As he grows, the issue seems to intensify, despite the fact that I drop him off at his grandparents’ house one day each week so I can have a few hours of uninterrupted writing time (praise God for grandparents!) To him, it doesn’t matter that his […]

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What Do You Believe?

My family has a Christmas tradition that makes most people’s heads explode. We don’t do Santa. (I can hear the gasps from here.) Don’t get me wrong, we still talk about Santa, watch movies and read books about Santa. Heck, we even go visit him. But my husband and I explain to our kids that […]

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Get My Checkbook

It was a mad dash to the minivan. We had snacks, we had water cups—though they may or may not have been filled with water—and all three kids were stampeding toward their car seats at the same time. It was even rumored that all the kids had shoes on their feet. From the looks of […]

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Sad Choices

My girls have had a tough time making good choices lately, especially when it comes to sleep. They refuse to nap, choosing to giggle beneath the blankets with each other in the top bunk instead. Then they wake up in the middle of the night to do the same thing. For hours. As the days […]

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