7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 23)

— 1 — I really can’t believe that the baby will be here Monday. It’s now becoming clear that I’m not even going to be able to accomplish a small percentage of my “things to do before the baby gets here” list. Those of you with the nesting gene might be picturing that that list… [Continue Reading]

Life as an eloquent sermon

One of the many reasons I so eagerly lo forward to all my meetings with my spiritual director is that we meet on the grounds of a local maternity home that she helped to found. Next door to the house where the moms live is a Daughters of the Mother of Mercy convent, and they… [Continue Reading]

Recommended reading for Lent

Can you believe that Ash Wednesday is already this week? I don’t have much time to write today but I wanted to throw out some Lenten reading suggestions based on some of my favorite bos: He Leadeth Me by Walter Ciszek This stunning autobiographical account of Fr. Ciszek’s wrongful imprisonment in Russia is one of… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 22)

— 1 — We have a date! Labor for baby #4 is scheduled to be induced the morning of Monday, March 2. That’s just a week from Monday! — 2 — One thing I’ve never gotten used to is that with induced labor you pick your child’s birthday. That seems so strange. Back before my… [Continue Reading]

A friend of the Emperor

I‘m writing about the first time I read the Bible in the bo right now. I thought I’d share this reflection that came to mind as I was writing that didn’t make the cut for inclusion in the bo… When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had a… [Continue Reading]

Stress and fear

With the new baby’s arrival only two weeks away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned in the 18 months since our last child’s birth. It was a period that I thought was going to be soooo hard since I’d have three kids under three, so it’s been interesting to compare what it… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 21)

— 1 — I‘m sitting here, loing from the box of clutter in the corner of our living room that’s been there for weeks to the myriad stains on the carpet, waiting for the nesting instinct to kick in. Waiting…waiting… — 2 — Speaking of which, my doctor mentioned in passing today that we’ll probably… [Continue Reading]