Grace is the Center of Everything

This weekend we celebrated Luke's and Will's First Communion. In Catholicism, there are seven sacraments (baptism, reconciliation, eucharist, marriage, holy orders, anointing of the sick). Most Catholics will receive six of these sacraments over the course of their lifetime. The sacraments are signs of God's grace. I love this interpretation from www. AmericanCatholic.org: Grace is God's self-communication with us. Grace is experienced as divine love directly from God. Phew. End of the … [Read more...]

Turn Around and Walk Out: When to leave a full shopping cart

A few weeks Scott left a shopping cart full of merchandise and walked out of the sporting goods store. (Apologies to the clerk who had to put everything away.) Three boys followed him, complaining, and saying what a bad dad he was. In the abandoned shopping cart was baseball equipment: pants, helmet, socks. All items that were needed for a tournament the next day. Leaving the full cart was no small feat of parental fortitude because the past two months  have been filled to the brim with … [Read more...]

I know that Easter is over. . .

I realize Easter was a month ago but it has been such a crazy time around here that I'm just now getting to this post. Besides, in the Catholic Church Easter is a 50 Day CELEBRATION extending from the Easter Vigil until Pentecost Sunday! I so love how these holidays are not over in just one day even though our culture wants us to move on to the next one! Easter is my favorite holiday so I'm okay reliving the moments from it. You can't hype the weeks before Easter because it is LENT. Lent is … [Read more...]

. . .and they all talk at once.

The hardest part about being a mom. . .and especially as a mom of multiples. . .is that my children seem to talk to me at the same time. This phenomena is very similar to when you watch someone check their phone and almost instinctively you have to check yours as well. Or maybe like a yawn. . .talking for them is contagious. Once they hear or sense (because they could be in a totally different part of the house) someone talking to me they also have something to say that cannot wait. Usually … [Read more...]

Opt out of the STAAR Test: Some Parents are doing just that

What if the state of Texas threw a high stakes test and nobody showed up for it? This week begins the first round of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). At the elementary level, this mandated test requires that all third, fourth and fifth graders take the test. Supposedly, fifth graders need to pass the test in order to be promoted to the sixth grade.  Last year 25% of the fifth grade students who took the STAAR test failed. But did you know that there is a … [Read more...]