Hail Mary Hugs

By Jenny Dendinger

We are a house full of huggers. As soon as I come out of my bedroom in the morning, I’m greeted with good morning hugs from each of my kids. Before leaving the house to go anywhere, everyone gets a hug goodbye. Those are the two guaranteed hugs we give out on the daily. We also do lots of random hugging as needed.

A few months ago, I began forming a new habit. Whenever I give my husband or one of my kids a hug, I silently pray a Hail Mary. Read More

God is present through it all

By Kristy Solis

There has been so much chaos and change in the world.  My daughters have voiced their concerns, with all the happenings in the world surrounding them.  Children are feeling vulnerable.

As parents, we care about the effects on them and especially on their well-being. The only reassurance is that God is present through it all; the good and the not so good. Read More

Everyone Has an Opinion

By Kim Roberts

If you’ve been on social media recently, you have quickly seen that everyone has an opinion on everything. And, most of the time, there are more people disagreeing and arguing with each other than supporting each other.

You probably have seen things posted that have been shocking and disturbing from people that you thought you had some commonalities. Read More

Saying goodbye is hard

By Ty Salvant

Trusting in God is not for the faint of heart. When you hear God calling you to something new that requires you to give up something you know, whether or not it’s easy or good for you, it can be hard to let go. Memories, emotion and doubt creep in, which can cause you to stumble or question yourself or God.

For the past few years, I have felt a nudge to close my education resource center for various reasons. I would plan to, then back down and give it one more chance. Read More

Things to Do in New Orleans

By Charla Misse

I set aside a few days each summer to make special memories with my family.  If you’re looking for things to do, here are a few of our ideas.

Scavenger Hunt – visit your church in the middle of the day and give each child a checklist (words and/or pictures) of items to find such as baptismal font, crucifix, confessional, tabernacle, sanctuary lamp, St. Michael the Archangel, Our Mother Mary, altar bells, paschal candle and votive candles. You may even find a relic!  Take the opportunity to explain the significance of the items you find and enjoy the mystery of being in a sacred place on your own. Read More

When we drop God, we allow the devil in

By Michelle Macicek

One of my girls recently started preparing some reflections for the upcoming school year that she will use as a student preacher. She sometimes runs them by me, which is such a gift. I would really like to share this one because it relates to all of us. Read More

Summer Camp Jitters

By Charlotte Phillips

On the first day of summer camp drop-offs this summer, our children were holding two competing feelings – excitement to go to a new camp for the first time since the pandemic and nervousness about going to camp without friends. Read More

The Grace to Change

By Stacy LaMorte

Summer can be such a wonderful time for a family to recharge and refresh. It is also a time of preparation for all kinds of change.

Some of us have children going off to school for the first time. Some of us have our youngest child going off to school, leaving us with hours of the day with no children at home for the first time. Some of us have our first or last child going off to college to college, creating the proverbial “empty nest”. Read More

Icons are ‘Windows into Heaven’

By Gina Sternfels

Being a mom with three boys at home, I missed my creative time and space. I love to paint, but my duties were away from the brushes.

However, it has been on my bucket list for years to take an Icon painting class, and finally, I was able to do an online course my husband gave to me. Read More

Saying Grace

By Ana Borden

Recently, we vacationed with extended family and ate dinner a few times all together.

As I placed our children’s plate in front of them that first night, I reminded them to say grace. Our oldest whispered in my ear, “I’m nervous praying. No one else is.” I whispered back, “We have so much to be thankful for; give thanks in your own volume. Maybe, you help someone remember to give his or thanks to God.” Read More

Beyond the Diagnosis

By Kristen Bourgeois

My oldest son didn’t have an easy start into this world. Infection and hypoglycemia at 5 days old.  Later in toddlerhood, a speech delay and PE tubes. Later, speech therapy and difficulties in pre-kindergarten leading to one diagnosis after another after another.  Read More