Ana Borden Category

The Game of Chess

By Ana Borden Growing up, my father would pull out a marble chess board – that is if a soccer game was not being televised – when Spanish priests from St. Theresa of Avila Parish would regularly visit us. Padre Miguel, in particular, would share his childhood memories from Spain before we enjoyed tapas for […]

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The Act of a Wave

By Ana Borden Recently, we traveled to Disney World. Face coverings were still required and hiding cast members’ smiles, however there was still a sense of recognition thanks to a friendly hand wave.  As Americans we are used to this gesture, and, as customary, we wave and acknowledge back, which is a sign of recognition […]

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“Mama, I can see the moon!”

By Ana Borden Recently, I brought our son to the eye doctor for a checkup. To our surprise, he needed glasses! Recalling getting my first pair of glasses at around his age, I anticipated his reaction the first moments after seeing through these new pairs of lenses. As soon as he adjusted them on his […]

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A Covenant of Life and Love: Why Children Should witness the sacrament of marriage

By Ana Borden During the days prior to my sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding, our children had many questions about the sacrament of marriage, and, of course, about their roles as ring bearers and flower girls. We were very happy to see their excitement and, most importantly, to see them witness their stunning aunt and her […]

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You CAN Start Over at Any Minute

By Ana Borden There are 1,440 minutes during the course of every day, and we make numerous decisions that can change the direction of each of our days for better or worse. God gives each of us the freedom of choice. Like most parents, my husband and I desire for our children to know the […]

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Experiencing the Most Energized Lent Yet

By Ana Borden Since the pandemic and restrictions started nearly a year ago, I have searched for any opportunity to find positivity and be grateful for moments during this time of uncertainty and chaos. On days when I feel most cloudy in spirit, I seek deeply to find what lesson God wants me to learn […]

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Take the Pictures

By Ana Borden As a child, I remember the days my mother would have us all get dressed up for birthday and professional family photos. I remember being uncooperative, thinking of creative ways to get out of wearing stockings as well as dress shoes and the woes of taming by thick curly hair. My siblings […]

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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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