Thoughts & Inspirations

Better Than A Carnation

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I don’t think I’ve ever had an *amazing* Valentine’s Day. Its always been a Hallmark holiday for me.  When I was in high school, the booster club sponsored a carnation delivery – boys would buy carnations for girls, and the flowers would be delivered during class.  Every year I wished for a carnation. And I [...]


We Are All In This Together

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Here in Chicago, the most urgent news story lately surrounds the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.  She was a sweet and beautiful high schooler murdered while she took cover from the rain in a southside Chicago park.   Just days before her death she had performed at President Obama’s inauguration.  And now she is a [...]


Lessons from the Past – Realities of the Present

My brother recently sent me an article about research from Notre Dame professor Darcia Narvaez that suggests “modern” parenting practices are bad for babies.  The professor believes feeding babies infant formula, living apart from extended family, sleep training, choosing medicated childbirth, etc hinder the moral development of children. In short, she says that our modern [...]


GO IRISH!

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I know there are many pressing issues in the world today that are very deserving of my concern and attention, but right now at this moment I can’t help but think about the big game tonight. Notre Dame, my beloved alma mater, is playing for the national championship.  Its more exciting and nerve-wracking than I [...]


Be Kind.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers As I type this post I am at my husband’s parents’ house in Connecticut.  I am only a few miles [...]


Thank You, Veterans!

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Every November 11 is an important day for our family.  Because Chris served in the Army for 4 years and was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq with the 82nd Airborne from 2003-2004, Veteran’s Day holds  extra special meaning. On this day I take a few moments to feel grateful for Chris’ safe return and to send [...]


Prayers for Leo and Lulu

I’m just not sure where to start this post.  But, I feel compelled to write. The brutal murder of two beautiful children by their nanny is so shockingly horrible and nauseating, and I just don’t know how to process it all.   Leo and Lulu were so sweetly innocent, and they deserved a fair chance to [...]


A Jump Start on Confidence

As a Homemade Mother, I pride myself on my spirit of self-reliance.  I like doing things on my own, and I take great pleasure in working out simple solutions to everyday problems. But, tonight I was faced with the most daunting of challenges: The car battery died. And I was miles from home. With all [...]


More Than One Definition of Beautiful

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Like much of the world, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the Olympics this week. While I’m certainly not glued to the screen, its fun to have the games on in the background while making dinner or cleaning up.  Evie and Mack are pretty neutral to the phenomenon – as far as they are concerned, [...]


My Imaginary Cafe

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I love my life just as it is.  My husband is wonderful and encouraging, my kids make me laugh and I find purpose in every day.  But, sometimes I daydream about what my life would be like if I chose a completely different path.  What would I be doing now if I took off for [...]


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