Newborn in the Lap of God

A few months ago, one of the sweet and beautiful nuns (who used to be a NICU nurse) at Christ the Bridegroom, held my baby Simeon. The nuns love all children... but as Sr. Iliana held Simeon, she said, “This is how we are to be! Like a newborn in the lap of Christ!” I knew [...]

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When Silence Stabs

There’s always that one person in the group... the one who says what everyone’s thinking. Throughout my life, that person, many times, has been me. And let me tell you, while many enjoy that they don’t have to be the one to expose truth, they will also oftentimes throw that person who does the truth-telling [...]

He Gave Me Diamonds

He gave me diamonds this morning. Though bank account lay bare and still small bills eluded me There they were, glistening in glorious morning sun Shades of infinite color Uncapturable by human hand Multitudes, huge wealth beyond measure Yet only for me, for moments, To savor Before they dropped and disappeared... He gave me diamonds. [...]

Sacred (very temporary) Silence…

Those early morning moments.... we already had his through-the-night and his always-4:00 am feedings... now the morning is slowly beginning to break he’s beginning to stretch in that best-ever-baby-stretch way, but the other children are all still asleep. I relish this bit of precious silence, when it’s just me awake, and a bustling day lies [...]

Down (and in) to Earth…

I love when things are clean. Fresh linens, spotless floor, all trash taken out; crisp, clear water for swimming or dipping in toes, new car (or in my case, the two dollar “new car smell” tree we can afford), crystal clear windows, pleasant aromas that don’t involve diapers, perfect counter tops and equally clean stove [...]