The Family-First Creative: A little thank-you gift from me, to you

The Family-First Creative

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Guys! You are NEVER going to believe what I did. Actually, you’re totally going to believe it. Easily. Okay, it might be the least surprising thing you have heard in weeks. But I’m still delighted to tell you: I wrote an ebook for you! It’s going to be my gift to anyone who pre-orders… [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]

Raise your hand if you need a BREAK

Look at all that SILENCE!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Do you want to hear about my morning? About the moment when the kids woke up the baby just after I finally got him to go to sleep? About how I think my eyes might have actually popped out of my head while steam exploded from my ears like a cartoon character when my… [Continue Reading]

The courage to rest

Praying the ancient Vespers prayers at sunset. That's the life.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few years ago, I found myself in a state of being perpetually overwhelmed. I mean, I still feel that way a lot of the time now, but back then it was worse. There was more of a sense of hopelessness, a feeling that I was sinking and couldn’t figure out how to pull… [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]

Why I’m going to keep letting Santa and the Tooth Fairy ruin my life

A rough trip down from the attic leaves us with a statue of Mary, Jesus, and St. John the Baptist.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My daughter told me that she has a loose tooth this morning, and her words struck dread into my heart. Right now, I just barely have some holiday cheer going on up in here. We’re actually having a nice Advent instead of having the weeks leading up to Christmas be the stress-fest that they… [Continue Reading]

On planning babies: Jen from seven years ago talks with Simcha Fisher


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Seven years ago, I found myself in a place of great upheaval. I was in the middle of a profound religious conversion and found myself in a no-man’s land, adrift from my old belief system, yet not fully integrated into my new one. Around that time that I came across a small blog by… [Continue Reading]

Ten images that tell you everything you need to know about this blog


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was cleaning up my media files in WordPress today. As I scrolled past all the images, I realized that you could let someone who’s never visited my site look through them, and he or she would have a very accurate impression of what I’ve been writing about lately. That got me wondering: If… [Continue Reading]