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White Baseball Pants

By Sarah McDonald It is summertime, and in my house that is synonymous with playground baseball and softball. Three of my five children are currently playing (sometimes at the same time) at our neighborhood playground, and I love it.

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“Faster Mommy”

By Sarah McDonald Last Christmas, Santa brought my children a climbing rope swing for the tree in our backyard. My two older boys took quickly to the challenge with my middle boy making it up the rope first. This lit quite a fire under #1, who very soon after figured out how to get himself […]

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Let us Break Bread Together

By Sarah McDonald   Have you noticed that since the world started its assault on bread (and pasta), it seems like a sadder, angrier place? Think about it, since the war on grain began, mortal enemies have been made of the “opposite” side of one’s ideology, and civil dialogue has become a lost art.

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I Stole a Lemon

By Sarah McDonald I have a confession to make: in March of 2009, I stole a lemon off of a St. Joseph’s altar. There was a beautiful bowl of large, fresh yellow lemons just sitting there at the corner of the table, and I took one. Why, might you ask, would I steal something from […]

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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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