• How to Perfect the Art of Being OKAY

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    Please define a “good” day. A good day should have sunshine and rainbows, a completed to-do list, a clean house, happy children, a happy spouse, and a healthy, home cooked meal on the table. Did I miss anything? Wait did I define good or perfect? When evaluating day to day life, many of us, myself included, are holding our day to impossible standards. Instead of seeking out perfection, what if we perfected the art of being OKAY. Okay is attainable, manageable, and leaves room for all our imperfect emotions as the chaos of the day unfolds. So how do we…

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    To My Daughter on Your First Communion

    October 17th, 2020 my dear, sweet daughter took a giant step in growing her faith. On this day she received her First Communion, a huge rite of passage for those in the Roman Catholic church community. It was an emotional…

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    How to Find God in the Words of the Our Father

    Do you have a favorite prayer? The one that spills out whenever you have no words. For me that is the Our Father. When I am at a loss for clear thoughts, I fall into the rhythm of the Our…

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    Simple Home-Grown Tomato Sauce

    Did you plant tomato plants this year? How are your plants producing? My plants are producing a ton of tomatoes this year, many more than we can eat on sandwiches or in salads. What do I do with the rest?…

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    Tales from the Adventure of Virtual Kindergarten

    Never did I ever want to home school my children. Never did I ever want my children to attend virtual school at home. Yet 2020 with it’s global pandemic, catapults us into a virtual school journey, like it or not.…

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    Momma’s Deer Hunting Diaries Volume One

    The one thing I’ve learned since meeting my husband is to never say the word never. Anyone who has known me for any length of time would not peg me as a deer hunter. Until ten short years ago, I…

  • 7 Things I Wish I Knew about Freelancing When I Started

    When I first started freelancing, all I had was my laptop and a love of writing. I had recently graduated, and my mind was not focused on entrepreneurship. I did not see myself as an entrepreneur or even as a…

  • My Prayer for the New School Year

    The 20-21 School Year approaches and tension runs high. We are faced with loads of questions and very few answers. Parents, students, teachers, administrators all face new uncharted waters. We are going to need grace, empathy, and resilience to help…

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    How to Provide Freedom and Still Enforce Limits

    We have a teenager in our house. The expression “It’s MY room” comes out often in daily conversation. To which I often reply, “It is MY house!” That being said, I want her to have a space that is hers,…

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    Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    My zucchini plants are producing a bountiful harvest this summer, so it is time to find new ways to prepare one of my favorite veggies. After harvesting two of the largest zucchini I have ever seen, my mind wandered into…

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    Why I HATE Bedtime and How I Fixed It

    After thirteen years of motherhood, I can say with certainty – I HATE bedtime!  I can see your faces, you are questioning my sanity, maybe thinking – Does she not like quiet? Bedtime is the most challenging time of the…