National Mantoan Winter Vacation


I know I said I’d take December off blogging but, OUR FAMILY WAS AWARDED AN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO FLORIDA, so, I decided to write a little update. But first, here’s our five minutes of fame. (For the record, Fulton never wants to be on the news again.) The details (for those who don’t […]


We Don’t Celebrate Advent

Catholic, Seven Quick Takes

Now that I lured you in with that click bait title you can relax: our family has not abandoned Advent! However, we definitely don’t celebrate it – we observe it the way we do Lent (though not as strictly), and we celebrate Christmas in its proper time (for twelve days, and in small ways up […]


{SQT} Waitin’ On The Holy Ghost

Seven Quick Takes

Byron gets confirmed tonight! We’re having family back to the house for dinner! My in-laws are staying at our house! All my waking hours have been spent cleaning….and running out to buy a dark suit and red tie at the last-minute. Enjoy posts from some betters. Can I recommend a few of my favorites who […]


My Husband and I Are Still Madly In Love And Happily Married After More Than 16 Years

Seven Quick Takes

Friday the 13th is a lucky day this month since it happens to beĀ our 16th wedding anniversary. In general, I tend to think of 13 as a lucky number just because of my anniversary (and Fatima….totally also the Fatima apparitions). People keep asking me if we’re doing something “special” and I’m like, maybe??? Applebee’s does […]