Blog Sticking with itSeptember 8, 2021I’m not a quitter. (This was probably the reason I was so burned out and left diocesan and parish ministry.) I don’t like to say,... Read more...YMCA vs ScubaAugust 5, 2021When I was a kid, Saturday mornings were spent at the YMCA. My brothers and I were enrolled in swim classes year round. The tradition... Read more...BelongingJuly 28, 2021Were you one of those kids who attempted to feign ill on the day of the dreaded gym class dodgeball game? Me too. It’s not... Read more...From Lobster Videos on Youtube to…July 28, 2021It began harmlessly enough. “Let’s go to Maine next year for the annual lobster fest.” I love me some shellfish and was immediately sold on... Read more...Don’t Walk AloneJuly 6, 2021Sometimes while surfing YouTube, I’ll come across an old song from a band I used to listen to and memories of the past come flooding... Read more...Shift Your PerspectiveJuly 1, 2021In my smallness, I delight in petty things – like a strong cup of black coffee. But, God delights on a much grander scale. He... Read more...A Herd of AngelsJune 3, 2021As I continue out of hibernation there is often a lagging sense of fatigue. A strange paradox to feel exhausted after many months being sequestered. ... Read more...Out of HibernationMay 19, 2021I have no idea of anyone reads these thoughts of mine. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Having a blog can be quite cathartic. There is a... Read more...From Ice Cream to BidenJanuary 29, 2021What does ice cream, the diaconate, and President Biden have in common? Bear with me… Sometimes it’s difficult to make a choice and stick to... Read more...#CovidChristmasDecember 19, 2020Detachment for the season: Any semblance of Christmases past. No family celebrations. Kids aren’t coming home. The Advent wreath is packed away because…🙄 I forgot... Read more...Politics and FaithNovember 2, 2020Oh, the elections of 2020; could there be anything worse? 2020 sucked to begin with and politics just sprinkled a little unicorn poo on top.... Read more...Feeling Inadequate is not of GodSeptember 5, 2020Frustrated and feeling defeated today. I missed an important meeting last week – one of the classes in a course that I’m taking for certification... Read more...Duplicity is Difficult, Pray that People Don’t CareAugust 24, 2020I can be snarky at times; just ask my mom. She’ll tell you that I was grounded most of 10th grade because of my mouth.... Read more...Gift of PeaceJuly 7, 2020My morning routine places me in the summer prayer chair, a wicker rocker/glider that sits in our courtyard overlooking the field, facing east. I’m out... Read more...My BathJune 14, 2020If COVID-19 wasn’t a ‘thing’, Catholics all over the world would gather at some point in May to honor the Blessed Mother with May Crownings.... Read more...Kayaks, Vanity, and HeavenMay 11, 2020Last weekend my hubby installed the rack for our kayaks onto my car. While it’s still too cold for me, it is a sign of... Read more...Treadmill TrashMay 2, 2020I called our garbage company to schedule a pick up for the treadmill. The conversation went thusly: me – I need to schedule a pick... Read more...Trepidation and GraceApril 17, 2020I remember being 17 when my mother was going through the dresser drawers in my bedroom as she was putting folded laundry away. “They’re not... Read more...Father, Into Your Hands…April 8, 2020About 21 years ago our youngest daughter, Lillian, contracted a bronchial infection that almost took her life. She couldn’t breathe, she was intubated, and she... Read more...Oh, Little Girl…March 15, 2020I used to think that people who said that they were ‘seeking their inner child’ were tree-hugging, pot-smoking, yoga-ing, new age, boomer hippies. They might... Read more...Going Dark to Let in LightFebruary 27, 2020I’m going dark for 40 days… and I’m pretty excited about it. ✔️Facebook suspended ✔️Twitter on notice ✔️Instagram pic updated All three apps are now... Read more...Greater than All-You-Can-EatJanuary 22, 2020Have you ever been to one of those all-you-can-eat buffets? I’m talking about the really big ones that offer too many options to list –... Read more...Happy ThanksgivingNovember 28, 2019As we beging the secular descent into holiday hell, which seems to have replaced the holy season of Advent and the Incarnation (Christmas), I reflect... Read more...Civilize It and RetreatingNovember 6, 2019Yesterday, I posted the following on my personal Facebook wall: “The US Catholic Bishops just put out a paper on how to speak nicely to... Read more...I Believe, Help My UnbeliefOctober 30, 2019Is there a God? I believe there is. I’m a cradle Catholic; tick all the ‘sacrament’ boxes, attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of... Read more...Mean Girls on the Soccer FieldSeptember 16, 2019I look forward to the day when women will be nice to each other. Women can be the most loving and compassionate sisters in Christ,... Read more...Things I’ve Learned from my CatSeptember 4, 2019If you’re a regular reader (if not, why?) you’ll know that in February we adopted an incredibly shy Russian Blue kitten named Monica. For several... Read more...Take Her to Olive GardenJuly 16, 2019[read the next few lines in your best Michael Bolton voice] “When a man loves a woman, Can’t keep his mind on nothin’ else, He’d... Read more...Real Talk with a Youth MinisterJune 19, 2019[disclaimer: this is a conversation in my head made up of several actual conversations through my time in youth ministry.] Me to Youth Minister: I... Read more...Dirty Windows to MinistryJune 5, 2019My cat is so focused on her unattainable prey. Monica sits, watches, and waits behind an old, dirty window that can never be opened hoping... Read more...Kosher to Change Your Lenten Offering?March 14, 2019Have you ever changed your Lenten Sacrifice during Lent? I originally gave up wine. Too easy; didn’t think it through. Not that it wouldn’t be... Read more...Catechism and the Necessary MemesMarch 4, 2019Have you ever heard something so stupid it made you think… “This deserves a meme”? I didn’t create the above meme but, “Thank you, whoever... Read more...The Aha Moment: When Ministry Became About MeFebruary 27, 2019A little over 20 years ago, my husband and I moved to the country where we could raise our two daughters at a slower pace.... Read more...God and the CouchFebruary 11, 2019As you may know, I now have a cat. I don’t think she realizes that. Monica, our new kitten, has been residing under the couch. ... Read more...So, This HappenedFebruary 3, 2019I always hated cats. Stuck up, prideful animals. I grew up with dogs. My best friend growing up was a collie, Charlie. He was pretty... Read more...Right in Front of Your EyesDecember 31, 2018Have you ever lost your child… even for a brief moment, which seemed like eternity? Those moments make you sick with fear. When our oldest... Read more...Can I Love Like This?December 15, 2018Once again, daily Mass has provided fodder for this blog. (Thank you, Jesus!) It’s always in those 30 to 40 minutes prior to Mass that... Read more...Scaffolding Continues…November 30, 2018So, I figured the maintenance workers wouldn’t add anymore scaffolding ‘floors’ to the sanctuary of the Cathedral. And, I was right. What I hadn’t counted... Read more...The Great CraftsmanNovember 24, 2018Over the past few days I’ve watched the evolution of a massive scaffolding being built in the sanctuary of our local Cathedral. Each day that... Read more...Tater Tots and HeavenNovember 19, 2018As much as I can, I try to attend daily noon Mass at our local Cathedral. I usually arrive 30 to 45 minutes early for... Read more...One Little Phrase Changed Our LifeNovember 1, 2018I want to share with you a single phrase that has only been spoken once but that has changed the course of my life, the... Read more...Gift of a Humble HusbandOctober 28, 2018As I’ve mentioned in past blog entries my husband, Jerry, was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for our diocese in May 2017. He carries the... Read more...Even the Dark is not Dark for YouOctober 4, 2018After 2 glorious weeks in Jerusalem – sunny every day, not a single cloud in the sky, and temperatures in the upper 80s to low... Read more...Where Have We Been and Where are We GoingOctober 1, 2018Deacon Jerry and I have been really busy with family and I’ve seriously neglected this blog and our YouTube Channel… although, we’ve been keeping up... Read more...Let’s HuddleSeptember 4, 2018Social Media has been buzzing – more like screaming – with posts and messages about the latest scandal in the Catholic Church. I’ve seen more... Read more...The Elephant and DiscipleshipAugust 20, 20182 Words: Catholic Pennsylvania Actually, the elephant is no longer in the room. Everyone is talking about the violence against our children and youth by... Read more...90 Day Lock UpAugust 7, 201890 days are a roller coaster, seem like forever, and feel like lock-up. When I discerned out of 20 years of youth ministry, my spiritual... Read more...Don’t BlinkJuly 31, 2018Our treadmill is in a partially finished area of the basement along with Jerry’s weight set, universal machine, a freezer, filing cabinets, and several bookshelves... Read more...Roar and FearJuly 21, 2018One of the biggest events for our city is one of trepidation for those who hold preconceived notions of others. Roar on the Shore, began... Read more...Little Girl, RiseJuly 15, 2018There are days that I allow myself to sit and wallow in my ‘unworthiness’ wondering how someone like me… an unassuming nobody, can hold any... Read more...Why I Quit – Part 3: PhilosophiesJuly 5, 2018When I was hired by a local parish as their Director for Youth & Family Ministry my husband and I registered as part of that... Read more...Why I Quit – Part 2: The HusbandJune 23, 2018[warning: this post may be very counter-cultural, even in Catholic circles. not sorry.] November 13, 1993 It sounds cliche, but I married my best friend... Read more...Why I Quit – Part 1: Ministry BurnoutJune 20, 2018So many people have asked why I chose to leave my position in youth ministry, especially when I loved it and felt very called to... Read more...An Unassuming AffirmationJune 11, 2018A few years ago I attended a retreat where I journeyed with a small group of women on a 3-day experience. At the end of... Read more...The Hinge in TransitionJune 2, 2018Last night was my final evening with our middle school youth and we ended, as we always do every week, with 30 minutes of Eucharistic... Read more...Courage, Dear KathleenMay 27, 2018“But no one except Lucy new that as it circled the mast had whispered to her, ‘Courage, Dear Heart’, and the voice, she felt sure,... Read more...Becoming an ExMay 25, 2018Only 1 week left, technically 2 days, before my parish ministry position ends as a full-time youth minister. I will be an ex-youth minister. As... Read more...Who gives 5 weeks notice?May 21, 2018I did. After 20 years in active youth ministry, I quit my full-time parish job… which I loved. It wasn’t an easy decision and one... Read more... Like it? Share It!