Considering Catholic school for your children? This letter speaks to why it's such an important decision and how it might be the right choice for your family.

An Open Letter to Catholic School Parents

It’s Catholic Schools Week! I’m gushing this week about why we love it so and dishing on five questions every parent should be asking the principal, a letter to prospective Catholic school parents, the very best gala class project ideas and there’s even an interview with my own kids in the works. Fun week! Let’s hop to it.Dear Veteran and Prospective Catholic School Parents,  Let's chat. I could yammer on and on about all the benefits of Catholic education - it's high graduation rates, likelihood of graduates to pursue a religious vocation, the academic rigor or the community-service minded students it produces. And yes, Catholic schools do more for less. But, I'd like to visit about something greater than that: your role in your child's faith formation. I'm the proud mom of six children, five of whom old enough to attend Catholic school. When our eldest (currently an eighth grader) began his first day of kindergarten, he gave us a quick glance over his shoulder and said, "You can go ahead and go, I'll be fine." That was right after he was 20 minutes late for his first … [Read More...]

Have a child enrolling in a Catholic school? These five questions, directed at your school principal, should give you a better sense of the school and if it's the right fit for you and your child.

5 Questions Every Catholic School Parent Should Be Asking the Principal

It's Catholic Schools Week! I'm gushing this week about why we love it so and dishing on five questions every parent should be asking the principal, a letter to prospective Catholic school parents, the very best gala class project ideas and there's even an interview with my own kids in the works. Fun week! Let's hop to it. My husband and I are huge proponents of Catholic education. Five of our … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: The very best photo, the very humbled little blogger and the very sappiest letter

- 1 - Quotes of the week (QOTW) this week: "Easy lemon test." Luke, in response to my "easy peasy, lemon squeezy" comment. Kids hear the funniest things. Forgive me for just remembering one. It was a real barn burner of a week around here. Will got strep on Monday, John Paul had a major breathing incident and Luke got the horrid "fever of unknown origin." Throw in a birthday party, a reno … [Read More...]

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Happy 11th Birthday J to the Pizzle

You know what a birthday means. Party time and love letters. Party later today, but first, the love. Dear John Paul, There is so much to love about you. Where do I even start? Let's go with laughter. You, my son, are one big prankster. You have this mischievous grin, with a slight wink, and I know that when you flash it we are all in trouble. Or in stitches. It's so hard to … [Read More...]

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So…about Christmas

I know. We're nearly 30 days out from Christmas Day. Math isn't my strong suit. I shared a bit of the Whitaker family Christmas, but thought I'd show you the rest. You know, because I'm timely like that. Rather than give you the montage of what we did, I'm sharing my ten favorite moments of Christmas Eve and Day. Are We Done Yet? John Paul looks about as excited to be at Christmas Eve … [Read More...]

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7 Quick Takes: A weekend at the coast and a fresh look at 2015

- 1 - This week's quotes of the week (QOTW)? "Well, apparently..." Clare says "apparently" all the time. It's absolutely hilarious. "Man, Luke's toots can clear a room." Why yes, Will, they can. Added bonus of missing half your colon. "Is she ever going to sleep?" Scott and I. Y'all. Sleep deprived doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. But, we know it's just a season with Gianna. … [Read More...]

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Our 2015 Word of the Year

I've never been a resolution kinda gal. So when several folks started identifying a "word of the year" a few years back, I felt like I struck gold. A word I could do. Last year, mine was focus. This year? It's all about the JOY, baby. Source Please don't read that to mean that our life is just one big fantastic party all the time. Hardly. But we are choosing to see the joy in our … [Read More...]

Looking for a way to deepen your faith? Need some prayers? What about selecting a spiritual board of directors to pray for, and help guide you, throughout the year?

7 Quick Takes {2015 Spiritual Board of Directors} + Giveaway!

If you're a regular on the blog, then you may remember my post from last year about naming a spiritual board of directors. The original credit goes to the ever-awesome Lisa Schmidt. Hat-tip to you, my sweet Iowa friend. I loved my board so much, I've decided to do it again. And, I can't lie. I'm pretty darn excited about these eight and the awesome giveaway (scroll to the bottom!). But … [Read More...]

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