For most modern families living in apartments, townhouses, or even the suburbs, it takes a conscious effort to ensure little ones connect with nature and animals and, as a result, connect with God. Nature is suffused with the Presence of the Creator because God sustains and controls nature. It seems to me children need to…… Continue reading The Dangers of Techno Pacifiers
Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in silence, in the dark. But how do we wait? Do we wait stoically or with joy? Do we wait like a child, a child who trusts that his daddy will keep His promises or have life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed off to any spiritual surprises?…… Continue reading Are You a Secret Cynic?
My choice for my favorite book does seem ridiculous because I am an English Literature major who has read thousands of books, novels, poems, essays and articles. My favorite books as a child are still my favorite, The Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis, excluding the Bible, of course. It does seem ridiculous that my favorite books are…… Continue reading Favourite Books
Who Me? How ironic is this? This computer illiterate was interviewed for a column called Tech talk! Catholic Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau By Sarah Reinhard Our Catholic Blogger today, Melanie Jean Juneau, maintains two blogs: Joy of Nine9 andMother of Nine9. She’s a Catholic wife and mother who lives on a hobby farm and whose computer has lived…… Continue reading Interviewed for Tech Talk; How Ironic
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Daily Prompt: 180 Degrees Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t Most of us like amusing variety, a change in the boring humdrum routine of work and simply living but almost no one likes a gut wrenching…… Continue reading 180 Degrees: Changing, Again and Again and Again!
Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her? Without the confidence I received from publishing in BrooWaha, discussions on BlogCatalog, and my own personal editor, Isabel Anders, I would probably still be writing nothing more than mummy drivel. In fact I would certainly not be writing…… Continue reading Mentoring
It was a conference for Sunday School teachers. The crowd consisted of down-to-earth housewives, mothers, even some older, benevolent grandmotherly types. Lots of nice, well-meaning women attending, simply trying to fill a need at their church. Most were mothers who wanted to be involved in teaching the faith to their kids. My friend and I…… Continue reading Rememberering A Different Kind of Love
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Whoa! What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had? It was a conference for Sunday School teachers. The crowd consisted of down-to-earth housewives, mothers, even some older, benevolent grandmotherly types. Lots of nice, well-meaning women attending, simply trying to fill a need at their church. Most were mothers who wanted to be involved in teaching the ∞
my oldest daughter is ducking behind her dad and I am pregnant with our ninth child The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. When the words The Joy Of Mothering popped into my head as a title for my short stories it was like an epiphany for me because those…… Continue reading Why Did You Have So Many Kids?
Children are free to allow themselves to be loved and to love Don’t bully yourself with harsh comments of how you look, your past, or your fears, because if you are hard on yourself, you will be hard on others… find the voice of Love inside you, listen to it, own it, let Eternal Love…… Continue reading Don’t bully yourself | The Joy Of Mothering
Credit: pinterest.com Sometimes there is no other explantion Some people scoff, others think that miracles are relegated to biblical times but others have experienced inexplicable events that can only be called miraculous. Sometimes God snags a sceptic with a powerful surprise physical healing. This blows up the poor guys world view and suddenly he realizes…… Continue reading A Miracle at Our House
Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one,not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned, or did things turn out for the best? Like every other human being, I broke the most fundamental law in the universe without any conscious effort. I refused to accept reality. Instead I donned masks and…… Continue reading Daily Prompt: Breaking the Law/ Defying Reality
This morning at 9:30 in the country to the south of us, people honoured the children and their teachers who were slaughtered at this same time a week ago with a moment of silence. In Sandy Hook, U.S.A., the a church bell rang out 26 times, one toll for each of the victims. It…… Continue reading The Church Bell Rang 26 Times
year-old Lucy was perched like a little elf on a high stool “Lucy, whose your favorite, mum or dad?” One afternoon, I was making dinner, standing at the counter with my back to our three youngest children. Katie and Anthony were lounging around the kitchen table, with three-year-old Lucy perched like a little elf on…… Continue reading Where does she get this stuff?
People say that children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through osmosis. It is not simply a question of parent’s actions speaking louder than their words; it goes deeper than that . Both my husband and I were often unaware of the deep spirituality that flowed from our children to us as well as from us as…… Continue reading Kids ARE Like Sponges
I was preparing dinner one afternoon, when five year old David came running up to me with a serious look on his face. He was always full of good natured energy and mischief but he also had a delightful spirituality that was not taught but inborn. Once again, David had another theological question for me, “Mum, does Mary live in my heart?”…… Continue reading God As Perceived By A Five Year Old
Matthew’s Wedding Day Our family is celebrating our third wedding in five months. Our joy increases exponentially with every celebration. Matthew fially took the plunge and married Pam in January, in a traditional church wedding. Mara chose an intimate ceremony in Barbados with a large reception afterwards. Now on Saturday evening David also celebrates his…… Continue reading Our Ceiling Is Our Children’s Floor