2015 in Review: Your Favorites, My Favorites

As I did last year, I’m going to do a little recap here, showcasing the five posts YOU, the readers, liked the most this year (according to my WordPress stats), as well as the five posts I, the writer, liked the most.  Please feel free to check out any posts you missed and share this with anyone you think might enjoy my blog.


Too Much Stuff: An All-American Problem


This post was kind of a phenomenon for me.  It was shared hundreds of times on Facebook, which is as close to viral as I’ve ever gotten, and was also featured on BlogHer.  Yet it was a simple, short post that owed much of what was interesting about it to another blogger whose post I was reacting to.

What Not to Say to the Parents of a Picky Eater

What NOT to Say to the Parent of a Picky Eater

This will probably be the only “things not to say” post ever, because in general I don’t like that kind of thing, but this is a topic that is very personal to me.

All Dogs Go to Heaven, and That Other Thing Pope Francis Never SaidPope Francis follows the Church

Most of the views on this post came from Reddit.  I probably would have picked this as one of my favorites from the year myself, since people failing to investigate the various claims on the internet before resharing is a major pet peeve of mine.

Stoney Point Baptist Cemetery

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I’m disappointed I didn’t get to visit more cemeteries in 2015.  My visit to this lovely, well-kept graveyard was delightful.

Dear Mom in the Pew

Picture of IC that looks like a painting

I wrote this post years ago and am thrilled that it’s still so popular and that mothers find it helpful and affirming.


Why I Love My Lawyer


This post is dear to my heart because it’s about my husband and he richly deserves every word.

Giving the Gift of a Good Death to a Good Friend

RIP Balthazar

I still can’t read this account of our dog’s last day without crying.  Maybe I will never be able to.

Love and Fear

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.- Marianne Williamson

This is a sobering reflection on the troubling times in which we live and how we allow them to affect our relationships with each other.

Violence in Baltimore

violence quote

This post is special to me because it was my first to be featured on BlogHer (or anywhere for that matter!).  It was widely read and remained one of the most popular posts there for several days, and engendered lots of good discussion.

Spring Fling

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a

This post is just eye candy–a collection of pictures with quotations that I made to celebrate Spring.

I’ve linked this up with the ladies at Like Mother, Like Daughter.  There are more great posts to read there!  As always, thank you for reading and Happy New Year!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

I’m linking up with This That and the Other Thing for Sunday Snippets, a weekly round up for Catholic Bloggers.
This week’s question:  Name and link to two Catholic blogs you really enjoy. If the bloggers don’t participate in Sunday Snippets, invite them to join us!
I don’t read a lot of blogs regularly, even though there are many that I like.  I just don’t have time any more.  These are a couple I stumbled across and like so much that I included them on my blogroll, even though I don’t visit every day.  You should check out Invisible Woman and Everything to Someone.
Now here’s the part where I am supposed to list my posts for the week.  But since this is the week in which I had jury duty and my son had unexpected surgery (among other things, as always), this list is short:
Walking in West Knoxville:  The Jean Teague Greenway
See you next week!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

Many thanks to RAnn of This That and the Other Thing who invited me to link up with Sunday Snippets!
This hasn’t been my most prolific week because of 1) William going back to school and 2) Lorelei starting homeschool.  Here’s what I’ve shared:
I started off the week with my contribution to the Answer Me This linkup!
I followed that up with writing about marriage, in honor of my 25th wedding anniversary.
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I continued the marriage theme with my post in the Five Favorites linkup, where I shared five marriage tips.
Question of the Week: What did you do on your summer vacation?
Not nearly as much as we had planned, I’m sorry to say.  We started off strong with our trip to Georgetown for my 20-year college reunion.   And there was one other trip, this time for a family reunion.  I let myself sleep until 8:30 every morning.  We watched two episodes of The X-Files every night.  The little kids engaged in their favorite pastimes of watching The Disney Channel (Lorelei) and playing on the computer (William).  I feel bad that Emily and I did not take them out to have more adventures, as we had planned to do, but I don’t think the kids minded.  Working at home is hard, is all I can say.
Be sure to check out the linkup above as a way to find more great Catholic blogs!