As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my patron saint of missing socks. Little did I know, God was using the dilemma of…… Continue reading Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us
I rarely remember even the simplest joke but I have never forgotten this intellectual, theological joke told 30 years ago by a Jesuit priest in front of a University New Testament class. Jesus was walking alongside the Sea of Galilee when he turned to Simon Peter and asked him “Who do you say that I…… Continue reading A Jesuit Theological Joke
My sense of fashion withered while raising nine kids on a hobby farm. I barely had enough time to make sure my dress was clean and my hair and teeth were brushed before I hustled everyone out the door and made sure they were all well groomed. This changed when my daughters were in their late…… Continue reading A Makeover
I have always heard the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So why was I not missed when I spent hours locked in the chicken coop? You must first understand that even if this was a subconscious…… Continue reading Reflections After Spending Hours Locked in a Chicken Coop
Anxiety makes us ill in body, mind, and spirit. It can be ingrained in our nature from the moment we are born because of original sin. Babies are not simply empty slates; they are complex little people who just happen to be preverbal. Babies are born with more than simply inherited physical characteristics but personalities…… Continue reading No More Mental Kung-Fu
Reflecting on my story of mismatched socks, it really is apparent that God is present in everything in our daily lives.
Consider these quotes from the saints: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Sienna “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein) In other words, be who you were created to be; discover who you…… Continue reading When a Fish Tries To Fly
Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, last year on her show on Breadbox Media: An Engaging Faith Featuring Melanie Jean Juneau…… Continue reading Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media
Our pets and farm animals constantly surprised us, especially when they reflected unconditional love to other animals
For me, it was easy to look like a saint on the outside as I mothered nine little people. The trouble was, although I looked like I lived a life of self-denial, losing myself to give life to others, I tended to over control. I depended on my strength to get through the overwhelming chores…… Continue reading Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks
“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone.
Fallen man wants to run his own life and take control. Letting go of this control seems extremely difficult because it is hard to trust a God you cannot see and usually cannot feel or hear. However, when we refuse to give up control and submit to the Father, we shut out the power of the…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome
What was my reaction to this overwhelming scene? I leaned against the kitchen wall and slid down till I sat on the floor with my legs sticking straight out and started laughing. One evening, when I had only four children, everyone was finally asleep and Michael had gone out to play hockey with his house…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Laughter Turned a Tragedy into a Comedy of Errors
I read an article encouraging writers to reveal odd facts about themselves so their readers could become acquainted with the person behind the articles. I think it is time to revisit this post because we all need a good laugh now and then. 1. I HATE scary movies. As soon as the music rises ominously, I…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Letting My Readers Connect With Me
Enjoy this sample of Christian and Catholic humour, created by religious people who have learned to laugh at themselves.
The simplest way to play with our kids is in nature, especially with pets or farm animals. Have you noticed how a toddler delights in the mere glimpse of a dog or cat? Even a goldfish on the counter or a hamster in a small apartment will fascinate a small child with their antics. For…… Continue reading Joyful Spirituality: Kids + Pets
Michael’s father, a police officer, had given our family free tickets to a large three-ring circus production that the police department were sponsoring. Of course after a few hours, the flashing lights, loud music, breath-taking suspense, excitement and cotton candy overstimulated all six kids. Rather than playing like they usually did, everyone was hyperactive, yelling…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: “Mum, What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?””
Even though I was can function like an acrobat who can multi- task, my new role as a mother forced me to evolve and adapt.
I have always heard the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So why was I not missed when I spent hours locked in the chicken coop? You must first understand that even if this was a subconscious…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: If I Am the Heart of the Family, Why Was I Not Missed?
Teenagers I am living proof that it is possible to actually enjoy those annoying, hormonal, child/adult hybrids who have taken your phone, tv., computer and fridge hostage. One of my sons, in his early teens, had just announced that he could not stand living under our roof another minute, “I’m out of here!”, he bellowed,…… Continue reading How to Survive Teen Drama