7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Today is Dec. 13,  Saint Lucy Day. We named our youngest daughter Lucy. Our oldest daughter mockingly suggested the name Lucy when I was pregnant with our ninth child. My husband’s head snapped up and he said, “That’s it! That is what we will call her.” My daughter was appalled, “Dad I was kidding. You can’t…… Continue reading 7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Small Success Thursday: What is Success?

Every Thursday, we stop to recognize all the moments where we’ve allowed ourselves to cooperate with God’s grace, and all the moments we recognize when God’s grace poured forth even without our willing cooperation. As I thought about which  3 small successes I would write about this week , the question arose in my mind,…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: What is Success?

7QT Friday: Gratitude and The Altar of Success

As the American Thanksgiving approaching, many writing prompts have been focused on thanksgiving, happiness and gratitude. For me laughter has always been my way of laughing off tragedy and focusing on the bright side. I laugh, a lot. Some people might question my sanity when I laugh so hard that I almost fall off my chair,…… Continue reading 7QT Friday: Gratitude and The Altar of Success

A Pin Prick: An Arrow of Light Pierced Through the Lie

An image which described my struggle to surrender control, was a wagon wheel suspended over a deep chasm. My large family of 10 stood on the rim of a wagon wheel, while I crouched on the hub, frantically turning this way and that, grabbing all the broken spokes, desperate to hold the crumbling structured together.…… Continue reading A Pin Prick: An Arrow of Light Pierced Through the Lie

Catholic and Living it!

                                                         As the temperatures start dropping, with frost warnings beginning in Canada this post is in celebration of the natural beauty which surrounds us. For me gardening lifts…… Continue reading Catholic and Living it!

3 Truths for My Children

A loved child can change the world If my children could  remember only three things to take with them into their adult life, what would I want them to be? 1. I love you, believe in you. Let that love be your foundation and your springboard into life. 2.  God loves you,  just as you are. Relax in that…… Continue reading 3 Truths for My Children


“I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in between appointments; your real work is all these interruptions.” The biggest stumbling block to truly listening, especially to children, is our self-important business. Henri Nouwen SJ, a Jesuit author and university professor, complained to God about all the undergraduate students who knocked…… Continue reading Listen