Lifelong Marriage: Not for the Faint of Heart

The other day I was talking to my Aunt Joan and she mentioned that she and Uncle Jack will be married 60 years in December.  "I think we're going to last," she said.  She was only 16 when they married and conventional wisdom wouldn't have given them much of a chance.  Her Aunt Bert gave her sheets for a wedding gift, saying, "If you don't last I want these back!"  But they did last, with two happily married sons and five grandkids, a family business (Aunt Joan still answers the phone), and a "family compound" on their land "out in the country" as we used to refer to thei...more
Absolutely love the first tip.  Such great words from the priest.  I will have to remember ...more

Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar

Twenty-five years ago today, which would have been a Thursday night, John and friends were having a bachelor party (and the less said about that the better!) while my friends and I celebrated more sedately at the family home of one of my bridesmaids.  We were married two days later, on August 12, 1989, which means that we are marking our silver anniversary this week....more

Not Your Parents' Rhythm Method

I'm late to the party, but thought I should do my bit to promote NFP Awareness Week.If you aren't Catholic (and in a sad commentary on lots of things, maybe even if you are) you may have no idea what NFP even is.  The doctor I went to see right after I was married didn't.  Of course, that's been a while back, so maybe the situation has improved....more

Book Review: Rescuing Julia Twice

I am so happy that Tina Traster offered me the chance to read and review this important story of her daughter’s adoption from Russia (Siberia, to be precise) and the family’s struggle with Reactive Attachment Disorder.Let me start by explaining why this subject resonates with me, and why I was excited to read this book....more
KCF1 Thanks for sharing your personal story!  Contrasting your experience with the author's, I ...more

It's Been So Long Since Last We Met

If y’all don’t understand the title, it’s the first line of Georgetown’s fight song, which is the best fight song ever.  Seriously, it is.  One of my college housemates once went to some kind of Catholic Youth conference where everyone sang their school’s fight song, and everyone there agreed it was the best.  You can hear it here....more

A Story Unfinished: A Review

A few months ago, I was honored to be chosen as an “Off the Shelf” reviewer for Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.  Y’all may have noticed by now that I love books.  So why wouldn’t I be thrilled to have the opportunity to read quality books (for free!) and talk about them here?  My first review follows.  My only compensation was the book itself, and the opinion is my own....more

A Work in Progress

Every morning, when I get home from driving William to school, I get out of my car, start, walking toward the house, and then stop and stand staring like an idiot at my garden.  My neighbors probably think I’m crazy (actually, they already have plenty of other reasons to think that)....more

Obamacare Update 2

As promised, I will continue to update you on our family’s journey out of the ranks of the uninsured thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Here’s where we are now:  John, Emily, Jake, and I are fully insured through BCBST.  Lorelei and William remain on TennCare which seems to be in a kind of limbo status–we haven’t heard anything from them in months.  Teddy remains uninsured but I have been contacted regarding my appeal, so we’ll see.  I really think it’s a glitch of some kind....more

It All Boils Down to This

It's New Years Day and y'all know what that means, right?  Black-eyed peas and greens, at least for us Southerners....more