Family Life

The Garden of Stephen

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” –Alfred Austin   A garden is a teacher of life’s great lessons; namely, that variety breeds beauty, that good...

Celebrating Mothers and Heaven’s children

It was a bittersweet Mother’s Day for us. The joy of celebrating with our one-year old daughter was mixed with sadness for our first baby who would have turned three this year. It happened on a cold January day in Ottawa. It was a tragic irony that when it...

Parents Stealing Mass from Children?

The Need for Questions in Lent Lent is a penitential season, a time of purification and of clarification: of being purified of our sins and of clarifying the roots of what has been keeping us from God in the first place.[i] Purification and clarification can come...

Ten Questions Most Often Asked About Homeschooling

Whenever I meet a new couple and introduce myself as a homeschooling mom, I get asked the same questions almost every time.  The depth of the conversation can vary depending on how interested (or not) the couple is and if they are also considering the homeschooling...

33 Week of Twin Pregnancy: Look at my feet

It’s becoming exceedingly difficult to write as of late.  I’m in my 33rd week of this twin pregnancy and with my ginormous belly measuring 45 weeks, even reaching the keyboard has become quite the feat.  I’ve also acquired strange looking hobbit feet...

When Love Languages are Misunderstood

“..as I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and that I am confident lives also in you.”  2 Tim 1:5 Today’s reading started quite a conversation after Mass today.  Our dear Father Paul, in his...

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