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Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent
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Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent

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To live the meaning of “prepare.” The meaning of “wait.” A tradition as simple as the lighting of the stately lavender tapers, ring of purples and pink, each boy eagerly anticipating leading the nightly prayer. Or reciting the scripture verse. And do they ever read this verse with care, as their first Advent morning utterances […]

Enduring Obnoxious Behavior
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Enduring Obnoxious Behavior

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To: Marybeth From: Bracing myself for obnoxious relatives Summer is coming, and that means it’s time for our annual family reunion, a full week at the beach where I will once again spend several days surrounded by some of the worst parents I know. I say this lovingly — these terrible parents are my own […]

Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)
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Fun Ideas for Date Night (in the Great Outdoors)

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While getting my hair done recently, I flipped through one of those magazines I’d never buy but enjoy as a guilty pleasure every now and then. One page in particular caught my attention—a list of what’s currently “in” and “out.” I was pleasantly surprised to see that indoor dates are “out” while dates in the […]

A Feast for Royalty: Thankful All Year Long
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A Feast for Royalty: Thankful All Year Long

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Determined to have a real Thanksgiving this year (the thought of cooking a full turkey dinner for three people depressed me), I invited a couple of families to join us. Eagerly I began planning the menu and polishing the silver, and began looking around the home with a critical eye, making mental note of all […]

<i>Catholic Family Fun</i>
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Catholic Family Fun

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As parents, we have so many responsibilities when it comes to our children. We need to feed, clothe, and nurture them. We need to raise them in the faith and make sure that they are educated. But in the midst of all those responsibilities, it is also important to have fun as a family. Moments […]

Keeping Christmas
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Keeping Christmas

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Do you ever feel like going out on the front porch and yelling, “Christmas didn’t end on December 26!” While the focus turns to New Year’s Eve, festivities continue for a few more days.  In the meantime, the discount bins start filling with Christmas leftovers and the radio stations go back to their typical fare.  […]

<em>Snowmen</em>: A Film for Humans
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Snowmen: A Film for Humans

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As I walked into the theater for a screening of Snowmen, the film’s publicist handed me materials and remarked that there was no sex and no explosions, “just cute kids in snow.” She was right, but that doesn’t fully explain why this movie is good. Goodness cannot be defined by what it is not. In […]

Appreciating the Simple Moments
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Appreciating the Simple Moments

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Today was a beautiful fall day and I spent some of it outside blowing bubbles with a two-year-old. I would blow the bubbles and he would chase them and try to catch them – giggling with delight the whole time. As I blew the bubbles again and again, I couldn’t help but reflect on the […]

Illegal Veggies
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Illegal Veggies

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A citation and 93 days in jail. That’s what planting veggies in your front yard could get you, at least in Oak Park, Michigan. Ridiculous, you say? Hardly; it’s a reality, and it’s happening to Julie Bass. Julie and her family live in an average neighborhood in an average home in Oak Park, and a […]