A Mother’s Love, A Mother’s Fear

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It was the night that we brought our firstborn home from the hospital and I was crying like my heart would break. I had a wonderful natural birth, no complications, and a beautiful healthy baby boy. Everything was perfect. Then a storm rolled in. Not a soothing rainstorm, one of those eerie, harsh Texas storms that turn the sky an odd, unsettling color. Our front door was blown open with a bang … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Mary (And a GIVEAWAY from Trendy Traditions! NOW CLOSED)

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Daniel and I both agree that getting to know the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most grace-filled aspects of our conversion to Catholicism. It was not so long ago that the idea was absolutely unfamiliar to me. I grew up in the Protestant tradition which, in my experience, completely ignored the Mother of God except during Christmas time when we were sure to mention that she was “just a regular … [Read more...]

January 2012 Reads

Now that we're really settled into life with two kids, my sleep-deprived mind is getting back into the swing of reading for pleasure. In January I finally finished Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell. It was a beautiful clothbound Penguin edition, see? I am more than mildly obsessed with these Penguin editions and my wonderful in-laws gifted me several for my birthday last year. Can't imagine a … [Read more...]