A few thoughts on my birthday

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my birthday. I turn 36. Not only have I now passed the halfway point of my thirties, but it’s a brand new year, I just had a brush with a medical condition that is often fatal, and my whole life has been turned upside down by my recovery. So, as you can… [Continue Reading]

Teach me how to love the Psalms!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve mentioned before that I want to love the Psalms more than I actually love the Psalms. I can see that God has given us a treasure chest of Scriptural riches here, I know many folks who find these parts of the Bible to be an endless source of spiritual refreshment. But I always… [Continue Reading]

On grief and neighbors

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Two weeks ago, I was scheming about moving. I was tired of trying to fit seven people into three bedrooms, tired of the fact that issues with our back yard mean that the kids won’t play out there for long periods of time, tired of scorpions stinging my children in the face. Also, a… [Continue Reading]

Forgiving the unforgivable: A conversation with Dawn Eden


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail For many of you, Dawn Eden needs no introduction. She’s a popular blogger, a former rock journalist, Catholic convert, and author of the bestselling book The Thrill of the Chaste. I recently had the honor of interviewing her for the National Catholic Register, where she spoke for the first time publicly about her own… [Continue Reading]

Bare Minimum Mode


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail While we’re on the subject of being overwhelmed, I thought I’d re-post something I mentioned in passing in a Quick Takes post a few years ago. When our fourth baby was about four months old, I decided to switch into what my husband and I call “Bare Minimum Mode.” This is a temporary paring… [Continue Reading]

What a spiritual director and an MBA taught me about being overwhelmed


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I have a personality type that leads me to feel overwhelmed a lot. I’m ambitious but lazy; I have a latent perfectionist streak that comes out at unexpected times; I’m an Olympian procrastinator; and I’m so non-confrontational that I often find myself saying “Yes, I’d love to help with that” when what I should… [Continue Reading]

Turning the other cheek vs. being a pushover: What’s the difference?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I only have a second before I need to dash out to another event as part of my WEEK OF EPIC SOCIALIZING, so I thought I’d let you do all the hard work today and give me the answer to a question that’s perplexed me for a while: What is the different between being… [Continue Reading]

Living an awesome story


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A good nickname for me would be “Inertia,” because, like the dictionary definition of the word, I tend to “exist in a state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” If my choice is accepting an invitation to go to an interesting social… [Continue Reading]

How to keep the internet from driving you crazy

Image from xkcd.com

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s been a fair amount of smack directed my way on the ol’ internet lately. For those of you who haven’t been following the fun over at my Register blog, there was was this, then this, and this, and this, and this. I could list a bunch more examples, but you get the idea…. [Continue Reading]

4 Steps for Starting Your Day the Right Way

Smashing an Alarm Clock

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail You know what should be against the law? Having to deal with insomnia while you have a newborn. Last night I woke to feed the baby around 3:30 AM, and she went right back to sleep. I, however, did not. I would describe what went through my head as I lay awake glaring at… [Continue Reading]