Marriage · Prayer · Pro-Life · Relationships · Uncategorized

Striving for Sainthood

Life is hard. I mean rrreeeeeaaaaaallllyyyy hard at times. Would you agree? We live in a fast-paced, money-making, reputation-saving society and all this to “keep the peace” at any cost. We also live in the “culture of death” as the great St. Pope John Paul II rightfully deemed it. Broken homes, broken marriages, broken people.… Continue reading Striving for Sainthood

Back to School · Uncategorized

Light Up the School Year

[I wrote these thoughts last year, as my first child headed off to Kindergarten.  As she prepares for the upcoming start to the new school year, the emotions and hopes for her remain the same.] Lunch packed–check. Outfit laid out–check. Backpack packed–check. Emotional Mom–check and double check. For the past 5 1/2 years, my sweet… Continue reading Light Up the School Year

Motherhood · Relationships · Uncategorized

Ditching Expectations

I love cookbooks. Cookbooks with lavish photography. Cookbooks from church or school fundraisers. Old cookbooks from Grandma Jane. Brand spanking new cookbooks. I love reading over the recipes, imagining the flavors of the foods, picturing myself testing out the new concoction, or sometimes laughing at the absurdity of serving the food to my large and… Continue reading Ditching Expectations

Human Dignity · Motherhood · Relationships · Uncategorized

The Power of a Single Visit

Never Underestimate the Power of a Single Visit.  Growing up with Elizabeth Ministry, I’ve heard and read those words countless times without much afterthought.  It wasn’t until into my adulthood that I really started taking that sentiment to heart. After getting married, I moved 2 1/2 hours away from my hometown to join my husband… Continue reading The Power of a Single Visit

Fatherhood · Human Dignity · Loss · Relationships · Uncategorized

Treasure the Moments

In 2006 my father-in-law, William F. Mongan, who was affectionately called Bill, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Despite being 82 years old, the family was devastated. It came on the coat-tails of Bill losing his beloved wife, Fran, who he adored. During her battle with ovarian cancer, Bill willingly took on the role… Continue reading Treasure the Moments