Sarah McDonald Category

An Attitude of Gratitude

By Sarah McDonald Just recently, my dishwasher broke. As I unloaded dishes (with heated on food) into my sink to rewash with my 1-year-old crying at my leg, let’s just say, I was not a happy camper. But, as I washed two nights worth of dinner and breakfast dishes for my family of seven after […]

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The Heavenly Chorus of ‘Mom’

By Sarah McDonald My baby recently turned 1 year old. It’s hard to believe that my sweet “Happy Face,” as I call her, has reached the milestone. Along with her first birthday came a few other milestones: first steps and the addition of “Mama” to her baby vocabulary. Of course, there were the occasional “Mamama” […]

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Family Priorities

By Sarah McDonald Total disclaimer even before I get started, I am a very proud mom. My children all have individual talents, and I have seen each (even at their tender ages) be successful. Please forgive what might come across as a little bragging in the writing that follows …

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Who Do You Think You Are?

By Sarah McDonald A few months back, I was sitting in traffic with my children when my precocious, then 2-year-old, called out, “Get out the way cars, I am (insert first, middle, and last name).” I, as well as the rest of my children, immediately burst into laughter.

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Mommy, What’s It Mean to be Pro-life?

By Sarah McDonald One afternoon after picking my children up from school, my 8-year-old asked me a question I was not ready for, “Mommy, what’s it mean to be pro-life?” It’s an easy question to answer, right?

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Turning in My #NOLA Card for My Mommy Card

By Sarah McDonald One evening, I turned to my husband and said, “You know, I really don’t like crawfish boils anymore.” His look could have frozen Lake Pontchartrain on a hot July

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Book Review: “Cloud of Witnesses: A Child’s First Book of Saints”

By Sarah McDonald Over the past two years, we welcomed our fifth child and many nieces, nephews and friends. We are blessed with new life and baby blessings from God.

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Making Time for Just One

By Sarah McDonald As I have written about before, we have five children; a pretty large family by today’s standards though it is perfectly normal for me having grown-up the oldest of five. I had an incredible childhood filled with opportunity and never wanting for anything.

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Women In Witness

By Sarah McDonald A few months back, my NOLACatholic Parenting column in the Clarion Herald was about raising Catholic daughters in today’s #MeToo world. I lamented the seeming lack of examples of women in today’s world and made a bold call for women to embrace authentic feminism. Needless to say, there were strong reactions … […]

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My Mother’s Day prayer

By Sarah McDonald It is the question that comes with every holiday, “What do you want, mom?” It’s natural for me to ask my children around Christmas and their birthdays about gift wish lists, and I am very grateful that they are generous enough to even ask me. When asked by my sweet 8-year-old (who […]

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Occasions of Prayer

By Sarah McDonald Before I had my own children, I read an inspiring Facebook post from a NOLACatholic mom and friend about how when her children heard sirens, no matter what they were doing, they would stop and pray for all of those affected. I remember thinking, I want my children to do that. too!

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