7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 67)

— 1 — My mother-in-law, Yaya, was here all this week, leaving me to wonder once again why we do not have our own reality TV show. (For those of you who don’t know what I’m referring to there, read this or this.) Also, in proof that her zeal for potty training knows no bounds,… [Continue Reading]

How the Superbowl reminded me why I love Lent

Yaya is here and I’m taking some extra time to work on the bo, so here’s something I wrote a while back that I’ve been thinking about lately. It was originally published on February 4, 2008. This weekend I heard a guy on television talking about Tom Brady’s amazing life: he’s a handsome star NFL… [Continue Reading]

The Two Lists

Over at Inside Catholic, I have an article out about some thoughts I had when I saw the angry counter-protesters at the March for Life. You can check it out here: The Two Lists: Why I Sympathize With the Anger of the Pro-Choice Movement. are open over there. RELATED How I became pro-life Contraception… [Continue Reading]

A quick word about Kidsave

Our Kidsave child (right) with another very sweet girl from the program I want to put in a quick plug for Kidsave, which is currently gearing up for its 2010 Summer Miracles program. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a program that brings older orphaned children to America for summer visits…. [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 66)

— 1 — I’ve anxiously been following the story of Foyer Notre-Dame de la Nativite orphanage in Haiti, where 56 children and one caretaker were killed in the earthquake. According to Shaun King, whose been tirelessly chronicling the situation on , help didn’t arrive until just recently, and many of the children were injured and… [Continue Reading]

Plan to love

A few months ago I attended a “How to be a More Loving Christian” seminar at our parish. (That’s not exactly what it was called, but that’s the basic gist of it.) It was a meal, followed by a talk, then some discussion. Before I got in to get food from the buffet, I… [Continue Reading]

A word for the year

When I first heard about the concept of having a “word of the year, “ choosing a single word to meditate on and set your goals around for the whole year, I wasn’t sure it was for me. “Here’s the problem, ” I told a friend. “Ann Voskamp’s word is YES, Rachel Balducci and Arwen… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes (vol. 65)

— 1 — Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few days wiping tears from my eyes as I follow coverage of the devastation in Haiti. It occurred to me as I complained about little inconveniences this week that, in addition to people who lost friends and family in the earthquake and had no… [Continue Reading]


Today is my thirty-third birthday, and I’d like to ask for a gift! I’d to get some advice, tips and/or wisdom from people who have already been here. So I ask of those of you who are older than 33: If you could go back in time and have a short chat with your… [Continue Reading]

10 best links of 2009

Compiled from my links blog, here are some of my very favorite posts and articles that I read in 2009 (in no particular order): 1. Overcoming root sins Everyone should read this. It’s a guide to help you recognize which sins are at the root of your most common sinful tendencies, along with specific, practical… [Continue Reading]