By Greg Zambrano
The Gospel teaches our kids and ourselves that, when in need, you are never alone. We might feel, sometimes, like we are completely 100% on our own, and there is no one to assist us. We lose hope and view things, that are truly small, much worse than what they are.
Hoping and valuing empty promises of salvation is cause to fear. Read More
By Phillip Garside
Children’s first relationship with food is pleasure and displeasure. Then they learn another distinction, “good for you” and “bad for you.”
Their curiosity leads them to the painful truth that pleasurable food is not always healthy. In fact, it is far more often unhealthy, and vice versa. Parents use this dietary lesson as a moral lesson, “sometimes doing the most pleasurable thing is not the most healthy thing.” Read More
By Jenny Dendinger
Hurricane season started a little early for us this year, but instead of bad weather threatening our future, many of our close family and friends found themselves facing cancer diagnoses, surgeries and hospital stays. Suddenly, our loved ones were fighting the perfect storm of anxiety as they struggled to navigate these difficult and unexpected hurdles, and all we could do was try our best to support them. Read More
By Megan Lacourrege
If you were to think of the ideal or perfect person, what comes to mind? Is it someone who is tremendously beautiful or is really smart? Is it someone who has a magnetic personality who captivates a room with their charisma? Is it someone who has wealth and the things they desire?
For me, for the longest time, I thought that being a perfect person meant trying to meet the standards of other people so that they always thought good things of me. I wanted to be well-liked. But this can become problematic quickly. What if fulfilling another person’s standard means sinning? Read More
By Gavin Lewis
As my wife and I prepare our kids for summer break, typically, we take time to discuss the success and difficulties of the school year that has ended.
We talk about the goals that we had set and met or did not meet and what helped us to achieve or what prevented us from achieving them. We talk about plans for the summer and the expectations for the next school year. Read More
By Kristy Solis
Our family was blessed with daughters – a set of sisters. It is a joy to observe these sisters as they flourish in their sisterly bond. Their relationship, just like their faith, is one of love and devotion.
The sisters even sing a song which they adapted to their connection: “You can count on me like one, two, three, and I’ll be there; I can count on you like four, three, two, and you’ll be there because that’s what sisters are for. “ Read More
By Sarah McDonald
We’ve all just finished what felt like the 90 days of May, finding ourselves in what is supposed to be the lazy days of summer. But, are they really?
Between two-full time jobs, summer camps (soon to be in three different locations) and all the summer activities, I have found myself wondering if summer really is a break. My answer – one foot in front of the other – and, if I fall, I will pick myself up again (cue Princess Poppy from the movie “Trolls”). Read More
By Kim Roberts
What started out as a regular Wednesday, quickly turned into a day that I will never forget.
My youngest daughter eagerly ran out to her regular tumbling lesson as I yelled behind her asking what she wanted for dinner. I had just started to pull chicken from the refrigerator when my phone rang, and her instructor’s name flashed across my screen and my heart sank – I knew that it was bad news.
This was the call every cheer mom dreads. Read More
By Ty Salvant
What are your summer plans? Do they include camp, visits to grandparents, vacations or just downtime?
Regardless of what you do this summer, how you spend time is vital.
Parenting with intention can be more challenging now because we all want a break. While the summer is a great time to unwind and decompress, it is also a time to assess, evaluate and plan for your next life phase. Read More
By Michelle Macicek
Wowzer! The last few weeks have been quite a marathon!! From the normal end of the school year festivities with six kids: closing programs, class parties, exams, etc. We have also had two graduations (with lots of events preparing and celebrating those milestones) and a Sweet 16! Read More
By Charla Misse
As we enter into our summer break, we begin to see book ideas for “beach reads” and summer reading programs.
At this time of year, I start stacking up books that might captivate a family member: entertaining, thought-provoking, inspirational, educational. I try to have a variety of books within reach. Read More