{SQT} Short Week, Short Takes, and Hopefully a Short Recovery

1. MDA Camp week 2019 has not gone according to plan this year. I knew there might be trouble when last week Teddy missed the last two days of school due to a stomach bug. This year has been awful for the boys in terms of stomach bugs. I was relieved when this third round Read More

Blogging: the Side Hustle vs Leisure Time

Since arriving home late last Saturday night, all I can do is smile and say “I have no more deadlines!” While deadlines force me to get things done, and I love the feeling that comes with accomplishing big things, it’s nice to know there’s nothing pressing in the near future. My talks went well, I Read More

How To Write A Book

I turned in my manuscript on Sunday night after a weekend holed up in the basement making final revisions. I am relived; it is nice to move past one more looming deadline, however, I do not feel I will be content until I complete edits and have the finished book in my hand. As I Read More

{SQT} Headlines, Drugs, and Cancellations

1. I was a minor celebrity this week. Maybe you saw me in this article for the Catholic News Service. I was also excited to see Kendra get so inspired by our St. John’s tradition that she hosted, and filmed, her own Nativity of St. John the Baptist bonfire! Lastly, Our family was featured in Read More

A Magazine-Style Quiz That Offers Real Insight

Growing up I always loved to take those quizzes one finds in teen magazines about “What Kind of Student Are You?”, or “What Type Of Boy Should You Date?”, or “Find Out How You Should Spend Your Weekend!”. I would always eagerly answer each question hopeful that this quiz would provide me with useful information Read More

{SQT} Milestones, Makeovers, and Cannoli

1. We reached a major milestone in the Mantoan house this week- Addie is driving! via GIPHY No really, I’m fine. She spent her first six hours behind the wheel with a driving instructor so by the time she drove us all to fencing the other night, she was doing pretty good. Read More

{SQT} More Reading And Appointments

1. Last Friday we finally saw Avengers; Endgame. I say finally because having to wait one week almost killed half my family. As such, we arrived plenty early to claim our reserved seats…as if missing the previews would somehow ruin the experience. If you’re a Marvel fan, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy the movie, Read More

‘Accepting the Gift’ in Review

What great weight is lifted off one’s shoulders when a major project finally comes to completion. I spent all of last Sunday walking around and smiling and remarking to Tony, “I’m no longer planning a conference!” Of course on Monday I dove into video editing, and by Wednesday I was making notes for another event, Read More

{SQT} Our Easter Menu, A Hospital Stay, And Hoping For The Best

Come along for some non-contagious Quick Takes plus a few affiliate links at the bottom. I need to disclose them here or risk having someone in a dark suit show up at my door! 1. My last two weeks can be summed up in one word: vomit. Through the solemnness of Holy week and through Read More

{SQT} Celebrity Moments and Deleting Facebook

Last weekend we went to Ocean City, NJ for a Comic Con type event and while I was excited to see LaVar Burton, I’d assumed a photo op would be out of our price range. Thankfully, I was wrong! 1. We had great weather all weekend and we really enjoyed the convention. I like the Read More

{SQT} Missed and Anticipated Trips

The mid-Lent slump has struck; hopefully soon to be alleviated by our first trip to the beach since last summer. The week in a quick seven: {1} Monday evening our nephew was confirmed in VA. Distance meant only Tony, Edie and Byron could attend, but Tony was glad to be a sponsor and find one Read More

Advice for Parents Whose Children Are Scheduled for Surgery

We are officially six months out from Fulton’s spinal fusion surgery. While we will be sticking with some of the care methods we adopted during his recovery, life, for the most part, has gone back to normal for him and us. It’s a new normal; the rigidness we feel is his body, not an external Read More

{SQT} From Home

Time for an old-fashioned Seven Quick Takes post. Just in case you need reminding, that means seven quick blurbs that don’t require a whole blog post dedicated to themselves. Nowadays, most of these get shared on Facebook, or Instagram, or the latest social media outlet I see scary warnings about. But today, I’m lumping them Read More

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