My Favorite Christmas

I can’t remember having a better Christmas! My aunt, uncle and two cousins drove in from California (!) to join me, my husband, my mom and my grandfather for six days of eating, laughing, hanging out and just generally being happy. Taylor strikes a pose with the meal he made during our visit to...

Solace and Relief

These days my attempts to fully participate at Mass often come out by loudly proclaiming something like, “And also with…uh…your Spirit.” Like many people I am stumbling through the new Mass translation and doing my best to remember the new responses—even when I’m halfway through...

Single Around the Holidays

We welcome guest blogger Beth M. Knobbe, who’s published two books with Franciscan Media: Party of One: Living Single With Faith, Purpose & Passion and Finding My Voice: A Young Woman’s Perspective. I’m always drawn in by the hopeful anticipation of Advent. This season of waiting is the...

Step into the Nativity Scene

The first Christmas decoration to go up in my home every year is my beautiful all-white nativity scene designed by artist and sculptor Trina Paulus. I bought the 18-piece set from St. Francis Bookshop (then in business around the corner from Franciscan Media) when I moved out of my childhood home and into an...

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

Well, it has finally happened: I am getting requests for topics that you want to hear about! At least nine people have stopped me in the library, church, grocery store, etc., asking that I discuss what to do with Santa Claus. I didn’t know he was causing a problem. Apparently, many young parents are...

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