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Five Apps to Help Busy Catholics Pray

Five Apps to Help Busy Catholics Pray

If you are busy like I am (and who isn't busy these days), daily dedicated prayer time may seem out of reach.  And yet we NEED daily prayer to help us cope with our overwhelming, stressful, too-busy lives.  As Saint Francis de Sales famously said, "Every one of us...

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June Summer Fun

June Summer Fun

A quick look at the summer fun the Shollys had in June . . . The first week of the month, Emily and Lorelei were in Nashville, which made for a very quiet house.  Things got lively mid-week, when Jake and Jessica dropped in for a day to leave their dog, Homer, with us...

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Election Day Redux

Election Day Redux

Confession time:  I am still not over the 2016 Presidential Election.  I don't know that I will ever really get over it.  To go from euphoria to despair in just a few short hours, and then to see many of my fears realized over the past two years--it has truly been a...

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Why I Love Being Catholic

Why I Love Being Catholic

I was given the opportunity to participate in Amy Thomas's "Why I Love Being Catholic" series at Catholic Pilgrim.  Amy writes beautifully about the beauty and truth of Catholicism and I am honored to appear on her blog. If you'd like to know my favorite saint, my...

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Meet Rameses

Meet Rameses

I am not a dog person. Confession time:  I have never understood my children's obsession with animals.  While I enjoyed the occasional zoo trip as a child, animals in general did not occupy much of my thoughts. But I can fall in love with animals on an individual...

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In Which I Finally Have Time to Myself

In Which I Finally Have Time to Myself

I love making plans.  In fact, I often enjoy planning things more than I enjoy doing the actual things! When I am feeling overwhelmed, I comfort myself by looking to the future and making plans for the next season.  When school is going on, I think how much easier...

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Hope from the Holy Spirit

Hope from the Holy Spirit

Hope is one of the great theological virtues, one of the three things that last.  Its opposite is despair, which I have often heard referred to as the one unforgivable sin.  The temptation to despair is great right now.  Every day brings some new reprehensible...

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Code of Silence

Code of Silence

You swore to yourself a long time ago There were some things that people never needed to know . . . And you can't talk about it Because you're following a code of silence . . . That's not the kind of code you're inclined to break Some things unknown are best left...

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Summer Fun:  The End

Summer Fun: The End

School started yesterday.  Our summer is over even though there is a month and a half left in the season! There wasn't a whole lot of time for fun in our last week.  It was actually a pretty typical week from one of our other summers--I worked every day and the kids...

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Summer Fun:  Home Stretch

Summer Fun: Home Stretch

It was the second to last full week of summer break, and my pace was slowing, but we still had some fun times! On Tuesday we had breakfast at Nick and J's, a former Waffle House now locally owned and serving breakfast and lunch, with the most enormous pancakes I have...

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Catholic Minimalism Redux: Week 2

Catholic Minimalism Redux: Week 2

Week two of the Catholic Minimalism challenge is bathrooms.  We have four of them!  Last time around, I thoroughly minimized the two upstairs.  In the time since, the one on the main floor was repurposed when Emily moved all her things to the basement bathroom, which...

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Summer Fun:  That 70s Summer

Summer Fun: That 70s Summer

Remember when I told y'all that we weren't doing a 70s summer around here?  Well, this week we did our best imitation and as a result this will be a very short post. The reason:  POOL. So to me, daily access to a swimming pool is an absolute necessity for a 70s...

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Summer Fun: Vacation!

Summer Fun: Vacation!

Our fun summer continued last week with a little less creativity needed on my part, since we were on our actual vacation! We traveled to Beech Mountain, North Carolina, to stay at a timeshare provided by my oldest friend and her family.  We had a wonderful time and I...

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More Summer Fun

More Summer Fun

Well, this has been a busy week! John and I got back from Georgetown Sunday evening, and I was right back into summer adventures with the kids the following day, when we visited McClung Museum.  This is a mostly unsung treasure on the University of Tennessee campus. ...

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Getting Back to Old-school Blogging

Getting Back to Old-school Blogging

Sometimes I think back to when I first started this blog--eight years ago, if you can believe it!  I didn't have a clue.  I didn't know how to get people to read it.  I didn't know anything about branding.  I had never heard of SEO.  I didn't make pinnable images.  I...

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They See a Family: Book Review

They See a Family: Book Review

As a somewhat sheepish occasional reader of Christian romance novels, I have been wishing for years that there was a Catholic equivalent.  So when Catholic author Amanda Hamm asked if I would like to read her latest novel (for free, in exchange for my honest review) I...

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The Joy of Children

The Joy of Children

Children don’t have to be reminded to be joyful.  Children find joy everywhere, effortlessly.  Think of all the viral videos of babies laughing at everything from funny faces to paper tearing.  Too bad that we grow up and away from joy and into worry and distress. ...

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