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Lord, I am Not Worthy

By Jenny Dendinger As I kneel in the pew waiting for my turn, my heart pounds in my chest. Soon, I will receive Jesus in the Eucharist. I stand, and with each step, I become more and more aware of how unworthy I am of such a gift. Yet, he still calls to me. Silently, […]

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Be Still

By Jenny Dendinger Years ago, while on a field trip at the Audubon Zoo, my son went missing. He was only 4 years old at the time. One minute, he was happily following a peacock around the courtyard, and the next, he was gone. Fighting back panic, my eyes darted around searching for his blonde […]

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Preparing for the Journey

By Jenny Dendinger I don’t know about you, but I have never been great at Lent. I have this bad habit of fixating on a “no pain, no gain” mindset, and, in the end, it typically causes me more harm than good.

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Preparing for Battle

By Jenny Dendinger It seems like every time I go to confession, I face a spiritual attack. While it’s beautiful to be waiting behind a long line of penitents, it can also be miserable for my anxiety. A cloud of darkness seems to surround me while I wait. Thoughts of shame bounce around my mind […]

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Striving for Sainthood

By Jenny Dendinger I grew up in a house that focused more on the rules than on the explanations behind them. “Because I said so!” was a common theme.  I never made a conscious decision to break away from the “because I said so” mentality; it just slowly became a part of how I parented. 

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Standing on My Head

By Jenny Dendinger Every day before her afternoon nap, my daughter gleefully grabs her favorite book for me to read. It’s the cutest little story of a goose that is feeling sad and wanting a hug. He tries to tell his friends what he needs, but instead of listening, they keep guessing how they can […]

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Beginning Again

By Jenny Dendinger One of the many benefits of homeschooling is having the ability to decide when we will start back to school. While many kids have been back since early August, my family has been soaking up a few extra weeks of summer with bike rides and board games. The downside to being in […]

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Doing My Part

By Jenny Dendinger Having five kids means I referee a lot of fights. Sometimes I spend time listening to each side and helping them sort through their feelings, and other times, when I’m really fed up with the fighting, I shut it all down. I immediately take away the source of the disagreement and send […]

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The Gift of Growing Up

By Jenny Dendinger My family recently celebrated my daughter’s 15th birthday, so I shared a few pictures on social media. Many of our family and friends left comments wishing her a happy birthday with a few of them teasing that she needs to stop growing up. 

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A Lesson in Grace

By Jenny Dendinger Since we started attending Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in December, I decided to add on a Latin class to our homeschooling adventures. We already had the books waiting for us on the shelf, but I’d been avoiding them out of fear. I had never taken Latin before, so we would be learning […]

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An Altar of Our Own

By Jenny Dendinger   When COVID-19 first hit, churches everywhere made the painful decision to cancel their Saint Joseph altars. Despite being disappointed, our family decided to honor St. Joseph by building our own altar at home. Since we were trying our best to isolate, it meant working with what we already had in the […]

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