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Thanksgiving is My Favorite Holiday

By Sarah McDonald As I write this blog, Halloween decor is coming down and, in many places, particularly commercial centers, Christmas decorations are already going up! Everyone seems to be in such a hurry for 2020 to be over that we are trying to skip to the end of the year (and I can’t say […]

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Prayer and Action Take on a New Meaning

By Sarah McDonald I had my first of five children in 2011, then I had five babies in seven years. For nearly a decade, I was blessed to be either pregnant or caring for a newborn with all that comes with that. For nearly a decade, I used that as an excuse to not be […]

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I Miss Their Smiles

By Sarah McDonald Many things have changed over the past few months, but perhaps the most visible change is that of people wearing masks in public. My husband recounted a story to me of taking our 2-year-old “Happy Face” to the pediatrician’s office only to have her try to pull his mask off the entire […]

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Kindness

By Sarah McDonald “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa of Kolkata Very recently, I found myself in the familiar position of mediating a fight between two of my boys. Their tempers were flaring as they started raising their voices towards me as each […]

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In Thanksgiving for Answered Prayers

By Sarah McDonald On Sunday, August 23, as the threat of a hurricane double whammy loomed over New Orleans, we went to Mass as a family for the first time in several weeks. My husband and I figured there was no better time to attend together even if it meant mask-distracted 6 and 4 year […]

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Letting Go and Letting God

By Sarah McDonald I am a planner. I like to have a schedule and know what is happening when and where. I still have a written calendar as well as my phone-based calendar so that I can make additional notes as necessary. Plus, I still think I remember better when I handwrite it. On March […]

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To the Moms and Dads of the Class of 2020

By Sarah McDonald This year has been full of the unexpected. Words like, unreal, surreal, tragic, heartbreaking have swirled around in my head as ways to describe this time of “stay-at-home.” In my home, I am blessed to find happiness and grace even amidst the inevitable emotional breakdowns of my five little people who miss […]

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Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread

By Sarah McDonald You know what was one of the most surprising elements of this quarantine for me? The early bread shortage. Sliced bread supplies were scarce, and there were limits as to how many one could buy at a time. There are seven people in my house, one of whom is a 9-year-old boy, […]

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A Quarantined Easter

By Sarah McDonald Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think we would find ourselves here: ordered to “stay-at-home” through April, missing out on the celebration of the Sacred Triduum and Easter in our church parishes and unable to celebrate the great high feast with extended friends and family. This may go down in […]

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Living Lent Simply

By Sarah McDonald With a house full of children, we try very hard to find simple joys in life. One thing, however, we do not do simply is eat. My husband and I LOVE to cook, trying new recipes or changing up favorite ones to make them our own. I consider some of my proudest […]

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“No House is More Beautiful than Ours”

By Sarah McDonald When I was a little girl, I dreamt of how I would decorate my house for Christmas. I knew exactly what I wanted with white lights, garland, and crystals sparkling. Well, all of my grandiose ideas of elegance came crashing down this past Christmas as I looked around my child-decorated house that […]

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