Grateful for a Growing Family!

It’s November 1st…Happy All Saints Day!  I love this Solemnity and the time to recall all the wonderful saints who have gone before us.  While I think of some of my favorites – Saints Dominic & Catherine of Siena, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, our Blessed Mother Mary – I also think of the countless saints whose

#FridayFavorites: Tea Time!

I’m doing something a bit different today, and as the hashtag indicates, I hope to continue this on a regular basis.  I’ll share one of my favorite things, and see where my thoughts wander.  These probably won’t be very serious thoughts, but that can be a good thing! Earlier this month, I discovered that January

#WorthRevisit: Why We March

It’s Wednesday, and that means it is time for another #WorthRevisit post.  This weekend is the March for Life in Chicago, but Bruce and I won’t be attending.  I think I will start scheduling some tweets and contacting my friends at Students for Life Illinois, just to be there in spirit!  This post is from

When it’s Hard to Rejoice

A few days ago, we celebrated Gaudete Sunday.  The name comes from the first word of the introit, or opening antiphon, on the Third Sunday of Advent.  “Gaudete in Domino semper.”  (Rejoice in the Lord always.)  Instead of text from a psalm, our responsorial reading is from the Gospel according to St. Luke.  It is

Special Project!

Just a quick note to share some exciting news.  Earlier this year, I was invited to contribute a personal reflection for a new book by Catholic author and speaker Colleen C Mitchell!  I met Colleen in June of 2016 at the Finding Your Fiat women’s conference here in the Peoria Diocese.  The book is available at Franciscan

Thanksgiving Blessings

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US.  I am blessed to be visiting my mom in South Carolina for the week.  Games of Yahtzee and comfort food have adorned the week, with plenty more to come!  Here are a few random thoughts on some not-so-random blessings. My dad was transferred with his company right

Always Thankful

Remember when I said I was going to do one of these posts every Wednesday this month?  Oh well… this turned into something different than originally planned, and is finally being completed.  But hopefully, it will touch you in some way. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am continuing to keep myself focused on the

Sacred Sisterhood

Today is Gabriel’s birthday.  He would be 23 years old if he was still with us on this earth. 23!  I am getting old. Just before I turned 23 years old, I moved to Danville for a six-month music therapy internship at the VA hospital.  I had no intention of staying in this community, and

#WorthRevisit: Back to School Evangelization

Dusting things off here, and what better way to do that then to link up with #WorthRevisit posts!  This way, I don’t have to write anything new tonight…yay!  This post was originally posted on September 11, 2016 and I felt it was timely for today.  I will be linking up on Reconciled to You and Theology