Ana Borden Category

Keeping up with our Faith . . . and with Household Chores

By Ana Borden Accomplishing daily house chores and taking pride in the process is an ongoing lesson I like to pass on to our children. It often becomes hectic juggling during this season of life – putting meals on the table, helping with homework and activities while maintaining full-time work schedules.

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Baseball

By Ana Borden Baseball. It’s quite possibly my favorite summer pastime, especially when our oldest son finds so much joy playing the game.   Last year, when I caught him smiling to himself and asked him why, his response was, “Baseball, Mommy, baseball.” 

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Saying Grace

By Ana Borden Recently, we vacationed with extended family and ate dinner a few times all together. As I placed our children’s plate in front of them that first night, I reminded them to say grace. Our oldest whispered in my ear, “I’m nervous praying. No one else is.” I whispered back, “We have so […]

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Kissing the Cross

By Ana Borden I learned making the sign of the cross from my parents. My father and his family, in particular, grew up making the sign of the cross by creating a cross with their thumb and index, perpendicular to one another, followed by kissing the cross, the tip of their thumb. The later sign […]

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The Rose Bush

By Ana Borden There are a few things I still recall about my grandmother before she passed away when I was a child. Among them was her love for rose bushes that grew in her yard. As a hobby, she cultivated beautiful heirloom roses in various hues of pinks and red. Following her passing, my mother propagated “offsprings” […]

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The Gift of Water

By Ana Borden Water is a gift from God. It nourishes us not only physically but spiritually, as we experience, for example, in the sacrament of Baptism.

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Actions Speak Louder than Words

By Ana Borden Every Sunday, we attend Mass as a family. My husband leads us into a pew and steps to the side as we each enter. As we leave the pew to receive Holy Communion as a family, once again he steps to the side and allows each of us to go before him. It […]

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Sunday, A Day of Rest

By Ana Borden This past weekend, one of my sisters came into town for a long weekend visit. We had dinner with our parents every night, and even had a beignet run and playground fun Saturday morning. On Sunday, we attended Mass as usual and, that afternoon, we celebrated Christmas early as a family. My sisters […]

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A Bouquet of Flowers

By Ana Borden Recently, my husband arrived with four beautiful orange canna lilies. It was a tiny bouquet in comparison to previous ones he had brought me, but the significance was more profound than any other. He stopped by multiple stores to find the perfect ones in the same color from our wedding. The time, energy and […]

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Do Mommies Get Sick?

By Ana Borden My oldest son recently had a revelation. As members of our immediate family got sick one after the other this past week, I took care of each them with very little rest while continuing with the usual busyness of child care, home making and working. It led him to ask me, “Do […]

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Play Ball

By Ana Borden For the past 2½ months, it seems as if there has been nothing but baseball, baseball and more baseball in our household – from on the field to watching every kid-appropriate baseball movie. We learned, via watching “The Rookie,” that St. Rita was the unofficial baseball patron saint. We became true followers […]

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