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Lent: Did You Blow it or Bring it?

The Triduum is upon us. The holiest three days of the year are almost here and I think most of us are asking ourselves this one question: Did I blow it or bring it during these 40 days? Me? I did both. In many ways I felt like life slowed down during these last 40 days. I'm betting that probably has something to do with giving things up - like my beloved Sonic Happy Hours - that makes the days tick by slower. Hello, first world problems. But, I also think it ticks by slower because we're all a bit more conscious of our actions. That's the beauty of Christianity. During Lent, it's not just "me" that's fasting, giving alms and praying. It's over a billion people doing it and there happens to be power in solidarity. Power to the ashes, y'all. Perhaps it was the pregnancy, my pending due date, my lack of oxygen in the lung department and a bit of redemptive suffering, but Lent meant something even more this year. I know that at the end of all this, at the end of the 40 days and at the end of my nine months of pregnancy, there will be joy. And, a whole boatload of … [Read More...]

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Birth Story #4 {The One I Drove Myself to the Hospital, In Labor}

Because a mom needs to reflect sometimes, I’m sharing the birth stories of each of my children as we count down the weeks to Baby Whitaker. Most of these were pre-blog days, so while I share these with you, I’m really writing these for the kids. And, here’s hoping I don’t cause them to duck under the nearest table from embarrassment. Baby #1: Will Baby #2: John Paul Baby #3: Anna-Laura Baby … [Read More...]

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HDYDI: Capture the Beauty of Pregnancy in Photos

Ladies, can I be bossy Kathryn for a moment? If you are pregnant, please hire someone to take your photos. I mean it. This is one of the most blessed times of your life and speaking as a mom who only took pictures of her last three pregnancies, I wish I would've done it with all of them. There is something so life-giving and awesome about creating life. Even if you're hovered over the toilet or … [Read More...]

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Birth Story #3 {A NICU Scare & a Bittersweet Family Reunion}

Because a mom needs to reflect sometimes, I’m sharing the birth stories of each of my children as we count down the weeks to Baby Whitaker. Most of these were pre-blog days, so while I share these with you, I’m really writing these for the kids. And, here’s hoping I don’t cause them to duck under the nearest table from embarrassment. Baby #1: Will Baby #2: John Paul Baby #3: Anna-Laura Baby … [Read More...]

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To The Iowa State VEISHEA Rioters, I Just Have One Question

I opened my Facebook newsfeed this morning to see devastating news. Another riot broke out at VEISHEA. Another student was injured, seriously. Another year of planning, hard work and preparation would go to waste. Again. Back in 1998, I was elected to serve as the VEISHEA General Co-Chair, the year following the death of Uri Sellars. I've lost track of the hours my fellow co-chair and I spent, … [Read More...]

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37 Weeks: The Words Every Preemie Mom Dreams to Hear

BL, as in "before Luke" I could often be found saying, "Oh, I hope I deliver early, because I am miserable." Then we endured a living 44-day hell, plus some, in the neonatal intensive care unit. My perspective changed. I saw what a 24-weeker, a 31-weeker, a 35-weeker and everything in between looked like outside the womb. I won't ever say those words again. And, it's why I cringe when I hear … [Read More...]

10 things we teach our kids about money

HDYDI: Teach Your Kids About Money

If there was a class on how to spend money, I could totally teach that. Oh, I kid. Kinda. In all seriousness, money is something we think about every day, from paying the electric bill, to eating out (or not) at lunch, to filling up the car with gas. Early on, when our oldest was super little, we gave little thought to teaching him about money management. But, as the years have progressed, … [Read More...]

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{Book Review} Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron

I often joke I'm on the path to sainthood with all these kids getting me on my knees and such. Isn't middle school purifying enough for any mother?! But, before we open the cause for canonization, let's talk legit saints. If you've seen Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism series and loved it, then his book, of the same name, may be some great Lenten reading. Several bloggers are writing … [Read More...]

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