Christianity Category

What To Do When You’re Nervous

For years, my son has begged to do gymnastics. Mainly, I think, because his big sisters do gymnastics and he wants to be just like them. Every week since he was a baby, he and I have taken his big sisters to their class. Then, when he started talking, every week he would say, “John […]

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I Really Love You

Time for bed. I didn’t know this before I became a parent, but those three words are full of magic. Or maybe caffeine. I’m not totally sure. Whatever the case, every night when I say those words, they seem to bewitch my children. No sooner than I finish the phrase, one child is swinging upside […]

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Golf Is Hard

Golf is hard. Especially when it’s in Texas. In summer. In the middle of the day. With four small children. And did you know that you’re supposed to be quiet at a golf course? Even when you have FOUR SMALL CHILDREN there? Like I said, golf is hard. And that’s before you actually start trying […]

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The One Thing We Forget to Give God

“Here, mama.” My two-year-old extended her pudgy, closed fist. Inside, no doubt, rested a highly-prized treasure. My kids do this often, this bringing me gifts thing. Then they’ll drop their special gift into my hand and I’ll ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over their precious deposit. At times, they give me acorns. Other times, rocks. Or weeds. […]

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Why We Should Stop Working So Hard To Take Care of Ourselves

Cheese. That’s how our house imploded. I, thinking my three children could share, poured some shredded cheese into one bowl, then set it on the table in front of them. For a short while, they happily took turns driving their fist into the pile, and then shoving a handful of the stuff into their mouths.  […]

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Who Are You, Really?

My son has disappeared. Not physically, thank heavens. But my smiley, go-with-the-flow, happy-to-help toddler has been replaced by some body snatcher who constantly sulks, shoulders drooped, head down, shouting things like, “I don’t want to!” or some whiny form of “Stoooop!” It’s exhausting. Mass has become difficult. Nap time is impossible. Getting him to eat […]

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Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen?

If you’re anything like us, dinner time looks a lot like the end of the world. Steam rises in a big, hazy cloud. Metal clangs and crashes. Hungry babies wail at my feet or in my arms, begging to be fed. Then there’s the lone grown up, running frantically, bouncing from place to place, trying […]

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Diaper Changes

My daughter hates diaper changes. Especially when she’s hungry. If it were up to her, she’d happily sit in her mess, suckling milk until the waste burned holes on her bottom. Even then—blistered and bleeding—she’d be contentedly milk-drunk, filled up with the one thing she’d wanted in this world. But that wouldn’t be good for […]

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What To Do When Tornadoes Strike

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Including severe weather. Here, there is no defined ‘tornado season’. Not really, anyway. At any given time, warm weather can tango with an incoming cold front and transform into funnel-shaped danger. Typically, Texas reports about 140-150 tornadoes each year, a quota it reached by May in 2019. In October of that […]

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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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