The Squirrels Stole Our Pizza:  A Housewarming Story


Merry Christmas!  There are a few days of Christmas left, and we’re still celebrating it up. There are lots of reasons to celebrate. We have a house!  Officially! After several weeks and over a thousand miles going from host to host to host, we are unpacking boxes and settling in.   The most surprising aspect […]

The Saga of the Last Day

Turns out I am the absolute worst at moving. I’ve been packing up here and there, hauling items to donate, throwing things away, making slow but steady progress for a few weeks now.  I started cleaning rooms and closets and declaring them “off limits” to everyone.  It was actual closure to be able to shut […]

Sticky Sacred Spaces

We have less than a week left in our house.  Oh, Lordy.  It’s waaaaay less than a week, now that I plot it out.  We have four nights left. If I wasn’t currently out of town at my in-laws for Thanksgiving, I’d totally go stress-pack something right now.  Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the […]

MSB 39:  By the Laundry Couch


(This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking one of the links, I receive a commission at no cost to you.  Thanks!) Last week I told David that we absolutely had to start splitting up for Mass again, because I couldn’t handle another round of watching Moe and Bea compete for […]

Moving and MRIs

Cee’s rheumatologist advised that she get an MRI every six months in order to monitor the activity in her hips. (In case you missed her last MRI results from this spring, here’s the gist.) l can’t remember if that makes Wednesday her fifth or sixth MRI.  David called from the hospital at about the time […]

Garage Lunch and Other Homeschool Realities

This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase after clicking one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission at no cost to you.  Thanks! My kids are eating lunch.  In the garage.  And they are tickled about it. It’s started to get chillier, and they figured out that they […]

Poor Prognosis

Last July, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital hosted a SJIA festival.  Families traveled from around the country to network and attend educational sessions.  Since we had just been there in April, it seemed sort of silly to travel all the way back a few months later, but I was disappointed at the missed opportunity. We have only […]

A Second Chance

Back in May, I wrote about how much I love being a mom, but how hard it is.  How overwhelming it is to be in charge of everything.  How rare it is to feel competent or successful in what I consider to be my most critical role.  And I was excited at the release of […]

MSB 38:  Beat-boxing and Generosity

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Mass was an event today.  It wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t even muster a recap like a few weeks ago, though.  So that’s a small victory.  Here’s a quick recap: Moe did great while he was looking through one of the picture Bibles we bring to church.  That is, until he figured out how […]

SQT:  Apples, a Tattoo, and Babyness


Right now my living room is a disaster.  I’ve got three loads of clean-but-piled-up laundry all over the couch, and there are legos and books all over the floor.  The biggest factor in my meal planning is which pan is clean.  With eating all three meals at home, seven days a week, we go through […]