2018 Has Taught Me Self Care

By Gaby Smith

Self-care is something that is very new to me. It came down to talking to a professional counselor to tell me that I need to take care of me.

I suffer with anxiety. My body feels like it’s constricting at 100 miles per hour, and I can’t breathe. Read More

A Glimpse of Heaven

By Courtney Elmer

Ever wonder what Heaven and dirty diapers have to do with each Other? Me neither … until now.
“Imagine someone looking at your family and seeing a glimpse of heaven.” 

When I heard this in the priest’s homily on Sunday, I didn’t know whether I should laugh, cry or roll my eyes. Read More

The Power of Fear

By Ana Borden

Recently, I was having an early Saturday morning coffee date with a friend. We shared our latest updates and, as our conversation evolved, she shared her thought on an emotion I had not put much thought into before that moment. It was fear. Read More

Where’d You Go to School, Mom?

By Sarah McDonald

We all know that in New Orleans, the answer to “Where’d you go to school?” is meant to be answered with your high school alma mater.
I never gave much thought to the impact that question has in our little world until my daughter asked me the question. And, upon hearing my answer, she said, “Then I am going there, too!” Read More

Being a Mother is a Beautiful Thing

By Gaby Smith

The other day, I was cleaning up sickness from my child after he came home from school. He had contracted a small stomach bug that lasted all day. He was happy, then upset, then threw up. Read More

Catholic Education – A Gift

By Kim Roberts

Most parents that choose to educate their children in Catholic school quickly realize that it comes with a price tag – especially if you have more than one child.
We knew we wanted our children to receive a Catholic education from the minute they were born, and, back in the 1990’s, the cost was not too astronomical for pre-kindergarten. Read More

Snail Mail

By Stacy LaMorte

When is the last time you sent a handwritten note or letter via “snail mail”?

Let’s not let the art of letter writing become a thing of the past. Our children don’t love it, but my husband and I have them write “thank you” notes for gifts that they receive and physically put them in the mail to the recipients. Read More

Everyday Suffering

By Kevin Sprehe

As a parent, one of the hardest things to endure is to watch your child suffer. Now, there are varying degrees of suffering a child may endure. This will not explore extreme, heart-wrenching suffering. Read More

God Gives Us Everything We Need

By Gavin Lewis

To 2019 and beyond!!! 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, and if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you must keep moving forward.“ 

During the holiday season, we all looked toward 2019 and how we would continue to move forward once the clock struck midnight and 2019 was no longer a thought, but a reality. Read More

On Being a NOLA Catholic Kid

By Casey Sprehe

Only 8 years into this parenting gig, I’ve decided that our Mass experiences rank high in the stressful times of parenting.

I find it helpful to remember I was once a kid in church. It knocks down my expectations of how I want my kids to perform. It also reminds me, that this too shall pass, whatever hard phase of parenting I’m in, it will pass. Read More

The Value of Youth Group

By Dawn Cusimano

When I was in high school and beginning preparations to make my Confirmation, I was struggling with a dry faith life. I wrestled with the decision to move forward with receiving the sacrament. Read More