Category Archives: Faith

Jesus’ Mom

Today at playgroup, the game Joseph was playing with two other boys was getting a bit rough, and I was monitoring to see when I’d have to intervene, while trying to respect their need to play. However, when Joseph ran over a little girl with his tricycle (it was an accident, but still). I stepped in right away. I ordered him off his bike, marched/dragged him when he refused to walk over to the little girl with her mom, and made him apologize. I let him go play again, but I noticed it was quiet in the room. I questioned myself, thinking their silence was an indication I was out of line. Was I too forceful? Was I mean? How was my tone? Was it too much to ask of a 3-year-old to go apologize and expect him to be more careful next time? Continue reading

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Career Mom

Ever since I started university, and even continuing on into motherhood, I’ve often agonized over the question of what career I will find myself in. This isn’t new. If anyone scrolled through this blog they would find numerous posts that reference how this question has plagued me. I’ve felt restless about it in the past, as if I am in a hurry to figure out how to work 40 hours a week for the next 40 years. As if finding out what I’m meant to do to earn money will fill some kind of hole in me. As if all the puzzle pieces will finally fit together. As if it will finally help me achieve happiness.  Continue reading

Can’t see the forest for the trees

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov on Unsplash

I had to drive through Dal’s campus to get to and from Elizabeth’s physiotherapy appointment today. The sidewalks were jammed with students, as it’s only the beginning of the semester, so students are still keen to make it to class. I love the start of semesters. I love the promise they hold. Of new beginnings, the ideas to be learned, of being better, of going places. Had all worked out according to my plan, I was going to be a nursing student this semester. I was overcome with the thought of how fortunate they are to be students. How much I wanted to be walking with them. Continue reading

Simple Prayer For Bed

Untitled design“In the evening, before going to bed,” Pope Francis told the crowd in Rome, “I pray this short prayer.”

“Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.”

Then he prays five Our Fathers, one for each of Christ’s wounds on the Cross (both feet, both hands, and his side).

He does this, he explained, “because Jesus cleansed us with his wounds.”

Simple, yet profound! And anyone can do it, as Francis pointed out: “If I can do it, so can you in your home.”

A mom retreat

June-30During Father’s Day weekend, I had a really great opportunity to go away for a mother’s retreat. I know it’s a bit ironic that I did this during Father’s Day weekend, but I really do think that having a good mental space is a gift to my husband. I also didn’t feel so bad since Josh absolutely loves 1-on-1 time with Joseph 🙂 Continue reading