You Put the Peanut Butter Where?

When Mark and I first got married, we went through all the required classes. We even decided to go for the full Engaged Encounter weekend as opposed to the abbreviated one-day class. Come our wedding day, we thought we were set. Finances? Check. Number of children desired? Check. Extended family? Thoroughly...

102 Days ‘Til Christmas

Warning: shameless self-promotion ahead. The other day I was putting dates in my calendar for upcoming school events when it suddenly occurred to me that Christmas is just two months away. Every year I tell myself I’m going to start early. I’m not going to be rushed and stressed out about the...

Driving Miss Susan

For the past couple weeks, I’ve not been able to drive due to some medical issues. That means I’m at the mercy of friends and family to transport me wherever I go. At first I felt awful about the whole situation. I felt I was inconveniencing people and being a burden. I’m beholden to them...

Come on, Parents

I have a confession to make. As much as I love my kids, I don’t like going to their sports games. It has nothing to do with the kids. It has everything to do with the parents. A few weeks ago, a dad from one of our school’s teams was ejected for yelling at the umpire. The coach was also...

I Love This Job

“Mr. Sparks is on the line.” That was what I heard in my headset while I was waiting for my interview with author Nicholas Sparks. He had agreed to an interview with St. Anthony Messenger in conjunction with the release of the film The Lucky One based on his┬ánovel by the same name. When I had...

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