Apparitions: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

First, where is Mount Carmel? I don’t know about you, but in all the times I’ve heard of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I never knew where it was. So, I did what everyone does: I Googled it! Turns out it’s in Israel! Who knew? It is in a mountainous region where Catholic hermits, underContinue reading “Apparitions: Our Lady of Mount Carmel”

Easter Without Jesus?

I was appalled to see a post on Facebook glorifying celebrating Easter without Jesus. What? How is that possible? Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. No bunnies or chocolate treats can take that away. Period. If Easter does not represent the resurrection, then it’s not Easter. Bunnies, jelly beans,Continue reading “Easter Without Jesus?”

Mental Health Update!

This week is child #3’s Spring break. We started out on Friday with a good day. Yesterday she went with a friend and hung out. Everything was going well…until today. I tried to give her a treat by letting her stay up last night until 10 p.m. to watch “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Yes,Continue reading “Mental Health Update!”

Acts of Service

During Lent, especially, some people try to do extra acts of service. One year, the children and I did the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Some modifying had to be done, but it was accomplished and turned out better than I’d hoped. This year we were not specifically trying to practice any of theContinue reading “Acts of Service”

Cake Ideas

Yesterday, child #3 and I made a special birthday cake for a. Ew friend of hers. We took a chocolate cake recipe (Grandpa’s Favorite Chocolate Fudge Cake would be awesome!) and made it into two 9″ rounds. We then added about 3/4 of a cup of tart cherry jam as filling between the layers. OurContinue reading “Cake Ideas”

Wisely Choose Your Words

This evening I was chatting with child #3 about many different topics, and we came upon things we won’t do. I told her that, while I have a degree in English, I refuse to teach. Why? Because children can be very cruel. I know my limitations and I won’t do it. Not to mention, thatContinue reading “Wisely Choose Your Words”

Are you “Fine?”

When people ask you “How are you?” do you respond by saying “Fine?” Are you really? I know. I know. Nobody likes a complainer, but by saying you are fine when you aren’t isn’t just lying, it’s wearing a mask. Am I saying that you should spill all of your troubles with everyone who asks?Continue reading “Are you “Fine?””

What now, Lord?

Yesterday we found out that child #3 was in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with Covid. Wonderful. So, she is in quarantine. At home. With us. Yeah. Today I learned that the job I had wanted and went through two interviews for, was offered to someone else. I was devastated. I have beenContinue reading “What now, Lord?”

A Guilty Pleasure

I have a guilty pleasure. Want me to share? I like to watch nanny shows. Perhaps it makes me feel better that my children are not that badly behaved. Oh, wait. Yeah. Reality check. Well, at least they’re different problems. I mean, I have never seen anyone’s child cut themselves or try to commit suicide.Continue reading “A Guilty Pleasure”