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Celebrating Birthdays That Fall During Lent?

Celebrating Birthdays That Fall During Lent?

I'm once again striding boldly into the dangerous, churning waters of Lenten "breaks." This time to answer a mailbag question . . . Question: Hi Kendra! My youngest is celebrating his first birthday next month and I'm wondering how to celebrate a birthday in Lent. I...

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Kids Don’t Forget a Thing Like Waffles for Dinner

Kids Don’t Forget a Thing Like Waffles for Dinner

A big part of our family culture is celebrating the feasts of the liturgical year. And heaven help me if I try to mix things up any. Tierneys have waffles for dinner on the Annunciation. They started off as toaster waffles. Now they are usually homemade waffles. One...

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My Apostolate of Parties and What a Hooley Is

My Apostolate of Parties and What a Hooley Is

As I chop and measure and mix and bake (and try to decide if finger-batter counts against Lenten disciplines) in preparation for our big annual Hooley at the Tierneys.'  hooley: Irish slang for party or celebration; by extension, some substance with which you...

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An Open Letter to the Internet About My Being Wrong

An Open Letter to the Internet About My Being Wrong

UPDATE: I'm now back on board with my original post, thanks to some advice from Scott P. Richert of the About.com Catholic page and your comments. Whew. But I'm leaving this up because it happened, and because the photoshopping is pretty profound. Dear...

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What We Did Ash Wednesday

What We Did Ash Wednesday

Pshew, we did it.  It took a whole day, and we didn't get ANY schoolwork done (double day tomorrow!) but we went to Mass, got our ashes, decorated the house for Lent, and . . . Cleaned Out the Toys! Here's our day in pictures . . . ashes remember, baby, you are...

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How to Win At Lent

How to Win At Lent

Don't look now, but Lent is nearly upon us. Here are a few ways to make sure we get to the end of these 40 days a bit holier than we were when we started. 1. Choose Lent Disciplines that Challenge You It took me a while to understand that tendency folks seem to have...

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In Which I Get Rid of Our Toys

In Which I Get Rid of Our Toys

--- 1 --- Don't adjust your screens ladies and gentlemen (mostly ladies), you read that correctly. I am getting rid of our toys. WITH MY KIDS' BLESSING! Last year's big toy closet organization scheme helped. But the playroom is still a major source of heartache and...

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