Describe your worst experience taking kids to Mass (in ten words or fewer)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m having musician Marie Miller on my radio show again tomorrow, and we’re looking for lyrics for a little song we’re putting together. That’s where you come in! Tell me about your craziest day taking kids to church in ten words or fewer, and Marie and I will turn them into a little song… [Continue Reading]

The Shoe Song: A gift to every parent who’s having a tough day

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail YOU GUYS!!!!! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to share something with you: Last week, musician Marie Miller was a guest on my radio show on SiriusXM. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was thrilled that she came down to Austin just to do the show with me. I wanted… [Continue Reading]

Driving a monster truck to EWTN: the tale of the first 24 hours of my media tour (with a special guest illustrator!)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Gather round, internet, for I have a tale to share with you. This is the kind of story that would be better heard by a roaring fire, each of us holding goblets of mead, a man in a horned hat rattling clam shells in the background. And like all great epics, it requires illustrations… [Continue Reading]

The secret to not being overwhelmed

Shaun the Sheep overdose.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the turning points in my life was an email I received from Fr. Joseph Langford, MC back in 2009. He was close friends with Mother Teresa, and she worked with him to found her order of priests. I had the privilege of getting to know Fr. Langford because I was working with… [Continue Reading]

A day in the “life”


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Skating in riiiiiight under the wire, here’s today’s post! It’s a glimpse into my day yesterday — which is the perfect post for me because it counts as an update and also answers the question about why I’m flailing in my own blogging challenge. BACKSTORY FOR NEW READERS: It will help you understand the… [Continue Reading]

Ice cream truck, you’re killing me

Unlike Mommy No-Fun, Yaya is always happy to take the kids to the ice cream truck.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail You know how I was going to get all the important things done the other day, but I wrote a post instead? And then I got sick? Well, I finally had a free moment to sit down and tackle some of these pressing items, but an unfortunate event took place, and now I am… [Continue Reading]

22 things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood

Doll face-down in urine on the couch, 2010

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I was sitting here thinking of all the awesomeness that this wonderful, new, non-2013 year will hold, it occurred to me that my oldest child will turn ten this fall. Ten! I have officially been a parent for a decade now, and I’ve had six kids during that time. When I took a… [Continue Reading]

Are you suffering from Tired-Think? A quiz.

The reason I've had so much experience with Tired-Think lately.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail For a friend who has been tired lately. Based on much personal experience. 1. List the five objects nearest to you in five seconds. How many did you refer to as “the thing”? A. None! I named each item quickly and accurately. B. 1 – 2 C. 3 – 4 D. I stared at… [Continue Reading]

The days are long (and loud, and sometimes involve messes in resort lobbies)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Grace ventured out here to the Wild West a few weeks ago, and we finally got to meet in person. I was going to drive down to her hotel and show up at her room whether or not we had anything arranged, so the fact that she actually invited me avoided a potential run-in with… [Continue Reading]

So we went to a brewery and got a one-eyed cat

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Two weekends ago we took a tour of the Cedar Creek Brewery when we were visiting relatives in east Texas, and we walked out with a souvenir mug and a one-eyed cat. This is an extremely surprising turn of events for a family that already has too many mugs and said they didn’t want a… [Continue Reading]