7 Quick Takes… It’s Been a While!

Yesterday was Friday, and I got a calendar notification on my phone.  “Write 7 Quick Takes.”  This shows up every single week, because somehow I thought I would get into the habit of participating in this fun blog community posting gig…but alas, I have ignored those notifications for months. So long in fact, that the […]

Once a Mother, Always a Mother

Note:  I am happy to say this has been published in The Catholic Post, the newspaper for the Peoria Diocese.  The link to the article can be found here. Twenty-one years ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time as a mom myself. I was just two months into my pregnancy, but already wearing maternity […]

Mothers, Earth, and Babies

Today, it’s “Earth Day” around the globe.  Frankly, I never think about it until the actual date (April 22nd) when various stories come on the news or my Facebook feed.  So yes, I was reminded of this special day first thing this  morning.   The first Earth Day was 45 years ago, and has been […]

What a Week at #HeartCon15

Well, it has taken me a full week to post this…but better late than never!  I suppose I was just taking it easy after a wonderful week at the Heartbeat International Conference.  Or more likely, catching up on various projects here at home.    As I mentioned in a previous post, I ran into April, […]

He is Risen! Alleluia!

He is Risen!  Alleluia! At the time I began to write this Easter post, I was in the car on the way to Rockville Indiana to visit with many of my in-laws.  I have quite a few, so it is hard to see all of them at once!  I wrote most of this with pen […]

In Like a Lamb or a Lion?

You know the old saying about March coming in like a lion, but leaving like a lamb?  (Or the other way around?)  Bruce was expressing a bit of confusion about how things went this year.  You see, here in Danville we received somewhere around 10 inches of snow yesterday, but it was a pretty and […]

Love…In the Name of Christ

When I left my long-held position at Women’s Care Clinic, I wasn’t sure what my next “thing” would be.  I knew I wanted to pursue speaking and writing, but I also wanted to continue working in the local community.  I have often told people that I came to Danville kicking and screaming and that I […]

Rejoicing for Families!

Happy Feast of the Holy Family! Each year on the Sunday after Christmas, the Church celebrates this beautiful feast.  Earlier today, I was blessed to see families together at Mass..many whom I know dearly, some just well enough to say “hi.”  Families with young children, families who just started life as “empty-nesters,” single adults…all gathered […]

I May Have a “Deformed” Left Hand, but…

Earlier this week, I read an article that both angered and saddened me.  The title grabbed my attention, because it specifically mentions “a ‘deformed’ left hand.”  I almost could not finish reading it.  An Australian woman chose to have an abortion because her unborn child would have a physical “problem” and might face discrimination in […]