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Alpha Mom

Alpha Mom: "We try to help women embrace motherhood with confidence."

We're in the final countdown, people. If you have a college-bound kid who graduated from high school this spring, chances are excellent they're leaving home in the next month or so. You've researched, you've shopped, you've tried to figure out everything they'll need, and you hope you're ready.

This year—as my family approaches our second round through this particular gauntlet in as many years—I've got a new piece of Indispensable College Prep in my arsenal, thanks to a summer program my son is currently attending at his soon-to-be college home.

Now, let me back up a [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Alpha Mom

Catholic Icing

"The icing on your Catholic cake! - Info & Crafts for Kids"

Carrots for Michaelmas

Carrots for Michaelmas: "My little spot of the web to discuss faith, motherhood, literature..."

Welcome to This Week's Miscellany, the occasional round up of Carrots family updates, photo dumps, books I'm reading, links I loved, and big news.

This summer has been so busy! Last week the kids went to Farm Camp at the non-profit farm where Daniel works. It was “bug week” and Gwen was the Queen Bee in the last day presentation for parents. This will surprise no one who has ever encountered her. Force. to. be. reckoned. with.

But probably the most important update is that I survived Daniel's 12 day work trip to El Salvador. Longest stretch I've ever solo parented [...]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas
Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen? // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's been 200 years since Jane Austen left this earth, and yet her novels are still relevant, beloved, and widely read. Janeites aren't going anywhere anytime soon (just check out this guy and his amazing Regency apparel). To honor dear Miss Austen, I thought I'd link to a few of the pieces I've written here at Carrots about one of my favorite writers of all time.

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

“What is it about Miss Austen's works that keep us coming back for more while most modern romantic comedies end up unsatisfying?

For the most part, the [...]

Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Catholic Mom

Catholic Mom: "We celebrate all things Faith, Family, and Fun from a Catholic perspective."

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Readings for July 23, 2017: 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection on #Sunday #Gospel by @dritaly: Was Jesus soft on sin?
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At one time or another, we've all dreamed of a perfect world. Imagine a company where everyone is productive, a government full of honest politicians, a church where all are saints.

Dreaming about such things is natural; expecting such things is dangerous. Unrealistic expectations lead to discouragement, despair, even cynicism. That would be bad enough. But the expectation that the Church is only for the holy has led [...]

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom
Queen of Heaven Video Series from St. Benedict Press (CatholicMom.com)

Saint Benedict Press introduces an exciting new video series, Queen of Heaven: Mary's Battle for You, which paints the epic narrative of Mary's life and is perfectly timed for this year's 100th anniversary of Fatima!Queen of Heaven: Mary's Battle for You is an 8-part program that: Tells the story of Mary's life from before time to today Reveals her ongoing battle against the Devil and evil in pursuit of our salvation Inspires greater devotion to Our Mother and Queen, who constantly draws us to her Son

The program was filmed at over a dozen locations, including the National Shrine [...]

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Today's Gospel: John 20:1-2, 11-18 – St. Mary Magdalene

And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him.” – John 20:13

Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb and finds it empty. She is distraught. She is sure that someone must have taken the Lord. She is beside herself and she sits by the empty tomb, weeping. Weeping and waiting.

One might think that Mary Magdalene had little or no faith, but I believe just the opposite. Waiting is one of the hardest things [...]

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

Kerala is a state in the country of south India. There are over 10,000 religious festivals held here each year, which usually involve fireworks and elephants. Yes, elephants. Kerala has the largest domesticated population of Indian elephants (approximately 700), which are owned by both temples and individuals. It is for this reason that the elephant is state animal of Kerala and also the emblem of Kerala's government. Thames and Kosmos recently published a game called Kerala in which up to five players are trying to build the most elegant and colorful platform for their elephants. The game [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom
"Choosing Peace" by Sheri Wohlfert (CatholicMom.com)

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…Colossians 3:15

I was holding one of my new great-nephews the other night at a family gathering and as I was staring down at his perfect tininess, I couldn't help but remember my own kids sleeping in my arms years ago. I was enjoying my trip down memory lane as I watched this little “boy wonder” sleeping so peacefully in my arms when out of nowhere, a loud noise woke up the little man and instantly he was crying and kicking and flapping his little [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Catholic Mom

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Catholic Pediatrics

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Dr. Sears

How Standing Desks are a Valuable Weight Control Tool

At medical conferences I attend one of the main topics is the issue of people who sit all day, or majority of their day. Those at the conference reference it as “the sitting disease, the new tobacco”. Researcher shows that prolonged sitting can lead to the increased risk of health concerns. The solution for some, standing desks for weight control. Standing desks have been shown to be a valuable weight-control tool, especially in adult workplaces.

The Benefit of Standing Desks in Schools

Nearly every medical journal I read has at least one article proposing [...]

Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Source: Ask Dr. Sears

New Evangelizers

New Evangelizers

Are you a gardener? Did you ever plant a seed? Did you ever wonder about the “Seen Parable” (Lk 8: 4-15) and try to figure out which one you were and become depressed because you thought that the description which really fit you was the “rocky ground” person? Maybe that's the wrong approach? The parable gives several scenarios about how the seed of the Word gets planted in the world. Some are good scenarios and others not so much.

The parable describes what happens when the Living Word of God is released into the world and the obstacles [...]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

Then he said unto them “Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Today's women face a lot of challenges, especially to their faith. We often don't know where to turn in times of need; we become dissatisfied with the progress or lack of it and take a situation into our own hands. We become discouraged and turn to things of the world [...]

Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

Commandment 10: Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's goods.

In our last article, we covered coveting your neighbor's wife. In this one we will talk about our neighbor's possessions.

It is very natural to want what someone else has. We are beings of desire and even as children we see a new toy or a sweet dessert and we want it for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with seeing your friend's new iPhone and wishing that you could have one too.

But we fall into sin if we let this negatively affect our behavior and our interior disposition.

When [...]

Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

Sunday Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16, 2017
I've always loved gardening. Seeds I've planted include carrot, cucumber, and of course, zucchini. In each case, I've planted seeds in neat rows, expecting nearly all of them to sprout and yield fruit.

But the farmer in Jesus' parable (Mat 13:1-23) uses the broadcast method. Lots of seed cast everywhere. And predictably, many of these seeds do not produce. Some get eaten by birds. Some sprout but then wither. Some seedlings get choked out by weeds. Finally a few yield varying amounts of grain.

At the end [...]

Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Source: New Evangelizers

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Make Prayer a Practice

As enthusiastically as we accept a close friend's invitation to a backyard picnic, we need to model to our children to accept God's invitation to share yourself with him in prayer. God is with you always and everywhere and you can most certainly model and pray whenever and wherever you want! If you pray daily together, you will build the practice of daily prayer for yourself and set that example for your child.

How do you build this practice? We build practices simply by doing something over and over again...until they become second nature. (The regularity is more important than the length!) Prayer is not a chore to complete, but rather a gift. Remind yourself that this is actually good for you, like a plant that needs sunshine and water, you need spiritual enrichment. Designating a special time and place is helpful. Make a sacred space in your home, a little oasis. Have your children help to decorate it by including their own pictures and notes to God, a Bible, a flower in a vase, a candle, a crucifix, your rosary, etc. Remove the pressure of trying to "impress" God with the "right words". You don't have to prove yourself to God. Just be present...let God do the work! Make sure every special occasion includes family prayer...birthdays, family meals, the loss of a pet, the birth of a baby, an illness, both joyful and sad. Say grace before meals...even in restaurants.

Children learn from their parents. One of the best things we can teach is the practice of daily prayer. The family is the first and most important "teacher"...where children not only learn to pray, but to worship God, to love, to forgive, and to work together.

-- Mrs. Sandy Robertson
Principal Mother Teresa Catholic Academy
The Diocese of Joliet
Crete, Illinois 

 

Dear Parents With Young Children in Church

Jamie Bruesehoff 

Blogger, 'I Am Totally *That* Mom'

Posted: 09/14/2013 10:03 am

You are doing something really, really important. I know it's not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant car seat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone's eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way...(read more)

 

When satan steals your motherhood

  Christie Elkins  Blogger, 'Letters from the Nest'

It is there, and it creeps up like a silent killer. Maybe it is the wet underwear that you found floating in the hallway bathroom. Or the cat food that has been flung out on the floor like tiny marbles waiting to trip up a passerby. Or the loud thumping and yelling and tantruming as if we live in some sort of primal age where roaring and beating your chest were the only way to get other’s attention.

And all of that madness and anger? It wasn’t the kids. It was me.  The mother. The one who left a pair of Superman undies in a bathroom we rarely use for days, fed the cat without my glasses after someone else forgot, and the loud, obnoxious, downright scary human being I can be when I have just had more than I can handle...(read more)

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