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Jesus in real life: A repost for Halloween

I wrote this post three years ago. And it remains one of those conversations with my son that I think about often. Especially at Halloween. Hope you don't mind my sharing it again... “Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We’re driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good ...

St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Our family will be celebrating by acting out the St. Nicholas story with a few friends, eating Santa cookies, sorting through toys and clothes to donate, and collecting canned food. This is a post I originally published on my friend Christine's blog two years ago. My kids are older, but so far, ...

Jesus in Real Life (A repost for Halloween)

Happy Halloween, people! This is a repost from two years ago, when August was a tiny little preschooler. It's still one of my favorites.   “Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We’re driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good questions. “Ummmm…” I say. I say that ...

In honor of St. Patrick, his breastplate

This is one of my favorite prayers and because it is traditionally associated with St. Patrick, I think the Monday after St. Patrick's day is a beautiful day to sit with it. May Christ win you today. May he comfort you, restore you. May you search for Christ in the mouths of friends and strangers and find yourself bound ...

Advent Poetry Series “The Lord is With Thee”

The Lord is With Thee  from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 They hail me Mary, full of grace. They bless me: brave, obedient—holy. What would you have said to the twelve-foot, light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes. Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry, purging in the grass, ...

A Very Valentine-y Thankful Tuesday

It's Valentines Day! If you are reading this in the morning, I am probably in my smiliest morning mood, the one I reserve only for special days. August and I will be popping open the can of cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then we'll move quick from them into a mid-morning mixing and baking of "pink velvet" cupcakes (box-mix ...

To my Mary icon, in preparation for Advent

[caption id="attachment_2287" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Theotokos of Vladimir"][/caption] Mary, you’re always sad, looking at me from the corner of my desk, your son with his arms wrapped around your neck, his fingers spread and grasping your skin, his face pressed up to your cheek. You are always sad and ...