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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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Excessive or Essential?

By Jenny Dendinger After half of us tested positive for COVID-19, my family spent most of January in quarantine. Thankfully, we only experienced mild symptoms, so isolation was the hardest part. Returning to the “virtual front pew” was more difficult than we anticipated, but we did our best to offer it up as we waited […]

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Leaning into Latin Mass

By Jenny Dendinger My family experienced our first Latin Mass on a Tuesday morning in December. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass started at 7 a.m., so it required extra effort to get our five kids out of the door in time, but the pep talk we gave them the night before […]

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Loving Thy Neighbor

By Jenny Dendinger During our daily bike rides, we make sure to smile and wave as we pass our neighbors. Occasionally, we stop and visit for a few minutes while bonding over a pet.  Friendly animals always make good icebreakers!  One day, while loving on his dog, Suzy, our neighbor asked, “Am I right to […]

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The Gift of Hope

By Jenny Dendinger As we were telling a parish priest hello after Mass, I noticed an older lady standing off to the side. I thought she was waiting for a chance to speak to the priest, but she walked up to me instead. Her mask was still on, but her eyes were smiling as she […]

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Preparing for His Arrival

By Jenny Dendinger If someone tells you that they are going to stop by for an unexpected visit, what’s the first thing you do? I know in my family, we clean! I immediately announce that a visitor is on their way and instruct everyone to quickly pick up anything out of place. We also wipe […]

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