Craving Summer

“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.”    Matthew 5:8

6 22 17 with word overlayI have heard September called the “Mom Olympics” with all the obstacles we have to overcome to get our kids settled back at school. If September is the Olympics, June must be the Olympic Trials. As the school year winds down, our days wind up into a frenzied whirlwind of school concerts, field trips, field days, class parties, etc.

I’ve always believed, and experienced, that when I have a clean mother’s heart, I can see God in each of my children’s eyes. However, despite being with them through all this end-of-the-school-year chaos, I can’t remember the last time I had a moment to pause and really see them, make eye contact, and recognize that He is there.
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The Monday Morning Take Back

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.    Colossians 3:13

6 15 17 with word overlayThis past weekend was insane for everyone. Between high school graduation parties, baptisms, birthday parties and kids’ sporting events, there wasn’t a single mom I spoke with who wasn’t running from Friday afternoon, right up until Sunday evening. I was no exception.

We had six parties, a horse show, karate, and a baseball game. Believe it or not, the flow was fairly smooth, and we enjoyed it all. However, it left us completely exhausted, and my house a disaster.

After my kids got on the school bus Monday morning, I wandered from room to room filling my arms with the debris that needed to be put away: socks, pajamas, sports uniforms, shoes, blankets, swim goggles, etc. My arms were full before I even got three feet. It was a very slow process.

I couldn’t help but think of my friend Jean who has five kids and crazy weekends all the time. She made the comment once that Monday is her day to “take back” her home: calm the chaos and put things back in order. As I “took back” my home, I started to wonder what else I needed to take back from this weekend.
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The Best Motherhood Toolbox

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.    Acts 2:4

6 8 17 with word overlayBefore becoming a mother, I saw kids as a clean slate. I believed it was a mom’s responsibility to teach them everything: form every aspect of them. Based on that, I was a patient and creative mom with my first child, Zack. I almost never yelled or lost my cool.

Instead, I was always looking for new ways to trouble shoot any issue he had. Sometimes I copied the great tricks and techniques of the amazing moms I crossed paths with. Other times, I worked and worked at refining an idea until it solved the problem. Consequently, my motherhood toolbox was bursting at the hinges.

I thought I was good to go. Then Mason came along. 
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My DGR on CatholicMom

I’d like to thank Lisa Hendey, Barb Szyszkiewicz, and Rebecca Willen over at for accepting me as a regular contributor. Once a month, I’ll be posting a Daily Gospel Reflection (DGR) and a regular articular on their fabulous site.

My first DGR was published there today. Here is the link: Making Things Right

I’d love to hear any and all feedback in the comment section there, or in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for following me there, and here!


Passion Just Isn’t Enough

He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way (of God) more accurately.    Acts 18:26

6 01 17 with word overlayZack has been complaining about going to karate class lately. He’s only a few belts away from black belt, and desperately wants to achieve that. But he’s in that lazy and arrogant pre-teen phase where he thinks he should know it all by now, and shouldn’t have to work at it.

I don’t know much about karate, but I do know that unless he takes more classes, Zack will never know enough to earn that black belt. Passion just isn’t enough. Even his eighth degree black belt teacher continues to practice and learn more.

I have a new project that I am passionate about. But I’m quickly realizing just how much I need to learn before I can make it happen.
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The Back Story

The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors… Act 13:17

5 18 17 with word overlayKids’ cartoons are far more sophisticated now than when I was a child. My favorite new addition is the “back story.” It fills in the details leading up to that moment in the story, adds credibility, and helps us buy in more.

I’m learning that one of my biggest pitfalls in my motherhood is I’m not concerned enough with my kids’ back stories.
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