Summer (saintly) surprises--in the house, yard, office & on the road

A few quick notes about how our summer is starting off–with lots of fun surprises already! In no particular order:FIRST Surprise (outside the house): we cut back some bushes on the side of the house and discovered this pretty mama bird sitting on two eggs in her nest. Lillian and Caroline check up on her every morning to see if her eggs have hatched. She doesn’t seem to mind that Margaret and Trey play basketball right in front of her for hours. SECOND Surprise (inside the house): Margaret got “Larry” the Robo-dwarf hamster for her birthday a year ago. The kids came upon him the other day lounging with his back against his little house having a drink of water. Wacky.THIRD: As you know, we’ve moved our offices for Holy Heroes (got more space, more actual offices,

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7 Corporal Works of Nourishing (or "God Really Does Tell us How to Cook!")

Today we have a special guest post from Katie Kimball at Kitchen StewardshipShe’s the one who created with her children the online video cooking class for kids (which Therese, Lillian, and Caroline love…Trey doesn’t want to cook right now: he just wants to heat up huge piles of whatever he finds in the frig as soon as he gets home from swim practice every day…). Lots of fun to see the kids in the kitchen with her!Here’s what Katie has to say about “cooking like a Catholic”–read on below!We can’t take our bodies with us in the end (He’ll give us a new glorious one fit for Heaven), so is nutrition here on earth even important in the eyes of God?Most certainly.God asks us to take care of all of His gifts, our bodies included. The Bible

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All the kids think this is fun (& saves me time in the kitchen)

We started this in the Spring, and this summer everyone is excited to do the whole thing!And here’s a great opportunity to try it with your kids (and give you some peace of mind about your kids in the kitchen)!With the older kids, I had time to teach them things in the kitchen, but as the house has filled up with children, I just don’t have the time anymore. So, they tended to make some simple things over and over which the older kids have passed on or which they miss from their childhoods. Like now, when Clara is home from college: they spend a lot of time making whipped cream…to put on oatmeal…on the ice cream which she keeps bringing in…in hot chocolate…in coffee (which I DO appreciate, must admit)…BUT THIS IS SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SOLUTION:Katie Kimball,

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Handle stress like a Saint: Use their 5 spiritual weapons

Were the saints stressed? One of the most striking things about the saints is the fact that they faced uncertainty, overwork, persecution and death — with peace. They fought back against what the world threw at them…without becoming a “stressed saint.”But this time of year (at least at our house), it is easy to feel overwhelmed by graduations, 1st Communions and Confirmations, finals (!), house guests (!!), office moves (at least this year), college move ins-and-outs, starts of summer play practices and ends of spring recitals and — well, you can imagine! It’s true that some saints experienced a sense of divine abandonment and inner turmoil (often called the “Dark Night of the Soul”). However, these men and women encountered these periods of intense spiritual suffering

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10 battles (today's) girls must wage to find (future) husbands

Came across this excellent article that I urge you to share with your daughters.The author addresses her post to the “15 year old me:” it contains “the things I wish someone would have told me,” she says. Absolutely right!**It would make a great evening discussion with late teen girls — and MOST ESPECIALLY with college-bound or college-aged girls you know…and love.(Yes, the email with this article has already gone out to our 18 year old… our 20 year old…and our 23 year old daughters! It went to them from their DAD, though! He beat me to it–kinda sweet, huh?)Here’s the link to read the article–and then can I ask:When you finish reading it, could you come back here for some recommendations from a mother of 7 girls, please?Now

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