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Aw, what the heck

Let’s do it again. Monday, February 24 – Sunday, March 2. A post every day. The linky list goes up this Saturday. This’ll be fun!  Read More →

Edel Gathering ticket sale time!

We have an official start time for ticket sales for the Edel Gathering! Assuming that I understand how Eventbrite calculates time zones, tickets for the 2014 Edel Gathering will go on sale at 10:00 AM Eastern (9 AM Central) this Wednesday, February 12. –> Here is the link for the page to buy tickets. A few notes: We’ve updated the FAQ page to answer some of the new questions that have been coming in. I’m closing comments here to keep communications simple, but please don’t hesitate to email us or connect with us on... Read More

Did someone say something about a conference?

Oh, that’s right. I did. When I said that Hallie and I are hosting one this summer. Contrary to how it may seem since neither of us have mentioned it recently, we haven’t forgotten about it or blocked it out of our minds as a sanity-preservation technique. We’ve actually been doing a lot of work on it. The reason for our silence is this: Our venue fell through. This is an even bigger deal than it seems, since the property on which we were planning to host the conference is a very unique place, and our vision for the shindig was... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday, Thanksgiving slackin’ edition

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Yesterday was everything Thanksgiving should be. We spent the day with our parents and my 99-year-old grandfather, and enjoyed an amazing feast that was neither prepared nor cleaned up by me. We talked and sipped wine with football on the television and a fire pit crackling outside, and the kids ate their weight in pie. We also took Christmas card pictures. All that family fun meant that I didn’t get my 7 Quick Takes post written. I’ll make up for it next week, and look forward to reading your posts in the meantime. Happy Thanksgiving... Read More

The Our Father, one word at a time

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Back in 2011, a bunch of wonderful writers gathered here to reflect on the Lord’s Prayer, one word at a time. It turned out even better than I could have imagined, and these beautiful posts continue to provide me with a feast of food for thought. Since I know that many folks weren’t reading back then, I wanted to dig up those old posts and highlight them again so that you don’t miss all this good stuff. Enjoy! BY WORD OUR | FATHER | WHO | ART | IN | HEAVEN (#1) | HALLOWED BE | THY | NAME | THY | KINGDOM | COME |... Read More

Praying for the Philippines

I’m blessed to have many sweet and wonderful readers from the Philippines, so I wanted to let you all know that you have many, many prayers coming your way from across the ocean. Our whole church prayed for you at Mass today, and we’ll be continuing to lift you up to the Lord as you work through the devastation that has come to your country. For those who would like to help the relief effort, you can donate to Catholic Relief Services, which has a strong presence in the Philippines. They note that the recent earthquake has strained their... Read More

The Facebook-free life

Lately I’ve had a flood of emails from friends and acquaintances who are thinking of getting off of Facebook, and want to hear my perspective as someone who has never had an account. Joe and I set up a page for Conversion Diary through his account for the convenience of readers who prefer to follow blogs that way, and I read the comments there as often as possible, but I’ve only logged into Facebook a handful of times in my life. Anyway, per my semi-annual tradition, I’ve been agonizing about whether I should finally get an account.... Read More

A links roundup, brought to you by the pile of trash in my living room

Time to surf pictures of clean houses on Pinterest.

Joe and I are “getting the house ready for Fall” this week, and by that I mean “we are ruining our own lives, hopefully temporarily, so that we can eventually get this place to a point that it seems a little less like it’s an insane asylum for monkeys.” You see, this is a three-bedroom house, and we have six kids. That could be a perfectly workable situation, except for the fact that my oldest is a boy and is at the age where it doesn’t work for him to share a room with girls, but all of his siblings are either... Read More

Indeed, mama knows

It’s been too long since we’ve talked about an undiscovered gem. Let me remedy that by telling you about a new favorite corner of the internet, a blog called Mama Knows, Honeychild. I have this habit of throwing blogs onto my Feedly account very quickly. I see something that looks good, click that little plus sign to subscribe to it, and move on. The result is that sometimes I’ll be scrolling through new content, and I’ll stumble across a post from a site I’m not even familiar with, and I’ll be like, “WHAT... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday, “What day is it again?” edition

What? It’s Friday? When did that happen? Between the mid-week 4th of July holiday and the looming Monday deadline for my book, I am just now remembering that it’s time for 7 Quick Takes. Which is a problem since my post is due to be up in less than an hour. So I’m going to skip writing my own post, and treat myself to kicking back and reading all of yours instead. Happy long weekend! ———– //  Read More →

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