What are you giving up for Lent? This question floats around my family every February as much as "What do you want for Christmas" does in December. Ideally, the small spiritual changes that we get into the habit of doing these 40 days of Lent become lifetime habits.
Some days it seems like I spend more time in my car (shuttling kids around) than out of it, so I need to do what I can with the time & place I have. My point is, I've learned the importance of using car time wisely.
Despite ALS, there are some things that we can keep doing and celebrating together. I used to cry every year when setting up Christmas decorations, thinking it was going to be my husband's last one. He continues to celebrate Christmas with us.
Look, kid... Wear matching socks without holes and undies without streaks if you want grandma to get you something different next year... now go say THANK YOU.
The trials of motherhood have taught me patience, problem solving skills, relationship skills, the power of creativity, and how to scarf hidden treats before the scent of chocolate can escape the packaging and lure others to my location.
We were both crying in the priest's office. Father said, "It doesn't have to be this way". I totally didn't get it at the time.
We all need comfort to fall back on. Us adults also need to rekindle our own sense of adventure. Who is better equipped to guide us out of our comfort zone than our children?
We needed to get on the same page by sitting down together as a family in order to stabilize our Domestic Church.
Not to stir up old family drama or anything, but hand me a spoon... Think about a time you were disciplined when you were your child's age. How do you wish your parents would have handled the situation? How can you discipline better?
And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
By the time we hit the half-way mark, I'm not sure if I'm getting a refill of grace or if I'm using up all of my patience trying to keep my two smaller kids moderately quiet and still.
I'd like to remind you that your family wouldn't be where it is without you using your intelligence, your strength, and your capabilities to build them up.
I strongly believe that knowing your own body is the best way to control your fertility.
My sisters and I are extremely blessed by my mother's willingness to spend time molding our kids.
When my husband went on a business trip to Florida for a few months, he had to figure out how to help out long-distance.
Daily life is far more rewarding when we have more positives than negatives in the "bank".