Ana Borden Category

The Gratitude Journal

By Ana Borden One of the most well received gifts on Christmas Day was a gratitude journal for our oldest child. During a year where the focus has been one of what went wrong versus what we should be grateful for, it has definitely been a good addition during our nightly routine. In just a […]

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Happiness found in chaos after the storm

By Ana Borden The morning after Hurricane Zeta came through, our entire family went to work before 8 a.m. to sweep, pick up branches and debris. The excitement of the hurricane and the relief of not having damage was so much so that it was the first thing our children wanted to do, even bypassing […]

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With Patience Emerges Beauty

By Ana Borden For years, I have been testing and growing native plants in our backyard. I love the idea of bringing vegetations meant to thrive in our unique area and climate while nourishing bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Purely accidentally, I came home one day with the wrong native sunflower plant. I expected a […]

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Continuing to Celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage During the Pandemic

By Ana Borden Seven months into the pandemic, despite the chaos and constant changes, I have seen beauty emerge in the sacrament of marriage. Have the restrictions from the virus possibly created a refocus on the importance of this precious sacrament? It is as if gathering restrictions have stripped away the unnecessary details, lists, desires […]

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Being a Good Neighbor

By Ana Borden One of the many places we evacuated to the first six weeks following Hurricane Katrina was Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Words will never express the emotions following the days and weeks following the devastation when hope seemed to cease. After many anxious days and sleepless nights, an invitation came through on one of the […]

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The Gift of Siblings: Perfectly Planned

By Ana Borden I have been extraordinarily blessed having three sisters. We know each other better than anyone else thanks to childhood adventures, inside jokes and seeing each other through all different seasons, challenges and experiences. We are there for each other’s birthdays, special events and in our children’s lives, even if it might be […]

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The Gift of Memory

By Ana Borden Every night before bed we have gotten into a new routine of looking at pictures we had taken that day, and a year, two and upwards of 10 years ago on that specific date. There is something so powerful about the sense of sight – it evokes so many emotions. The children […]

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Before the Petals Fall

By Ana Borden Like most mornings, I woke up to make my very early cup of coffee to start my day. But on this particular morning, I found myself staring at a single white rose I had pulled away from the remaining dozen the night before. It had been sagging more than the others, so […]

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The Day the Churches Closed

By Ana Borden I disconnected from the stress of news and calls during the beginning of the corona pandemic by gardening in our yard. My thoughts were with my sister and brother-in-law while they were in the trenches saving those affected at their hospitals, until my husband shared the news that public masses were suspended […]

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When you least expect It; reminding others of his presence

By Ana Borden Our youngest surprises me with the most tender gestures on a daily basis. He puts the needs of everyone else around him first in the most genuine and unexpected moments, especially when he pauses, looks at me and says, “I love you, MaMa.”   Each and every time, as my soul softens with […]

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The Sound of Joy: Attending Your Child’s School Mass

By Ana Borden There are a few things that bring me great joy in life, and one of them is listening to a church filled with children singing, especially the “Alleluia.”

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