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, she decided that it’s time to start potty training our youngest. Who is 11 months old. I will admit that it actually kind of worked, in the sense that she did use the potty whenever Yaya put her on there. I kept trying to silently mouth “Don’t... Read More

How the Superbowl reminded me why I love Lent

Yaya is here and I’m taking some extra time to work on the book, 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 quarterback who was on track to have an undefeated season (this was before the game, obviously), not to mention the fact that he’s dating the beautiful Victoria’s Secret model Giselle. The guy on television talked... Read More

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. Comments are open over there. RELATED How I became pro-life Contraception and a woman’s self-image  Read More →

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. The purpose of the trips are twofold: to give the children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel out of their home countries, and to try to find adoptive families for them. (They also have a Weekend Miracles program for foster... Read More

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 Twitter, help didn’t arrive until just recently, and many of the children were injured and without food or medical care the whole time. Spencer Nix was on the scene and wrote a heartbreaking post about what it was like (mentioning that it was thanks to social media that he and other... Read More

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 line to get food from the buffet, I looked for a place to set down my purse and notepad to reserve seats for my husband and myself. I scanned the room. All the tables were over half full, except for one that had plenty of seats available. I started in that direction, but stopped when I saw... Read More

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 Mosher are both doing JOY…I feel like holy people like that can do this sort of thing, but I’m too much of an overly analytical grouch for it.” I thought that if, say, I were going to try to be more joyful, I would... Read More

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 food or medical supplies, there were undoubtedly many people alive and trapped under collapsed buildings at that very moment. I kept thinking of Archbishops Auza’s comment in this article where he said, “Everywhere there are cries coming... Read More


Today is my thirty-third birthday, and I’d like to ask for a gift! I’d love 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 33-year-old self, what would you say? What do you wish you understood at 33 that you understand now?  Read More →

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 steps for how to deal with them (it even offers a worksheet!) As I read the examples of the manifestations of some of these root sins, I kept nervously looking over my shoulder, thinking, “Does this guy know me?” It’s... Read More

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