Author: kmantoan

Just Tell Me What To Do Already!

Long time readers will know that typically every Lent I try to challenge myself with some extreme diet or mortification, then spend several weeks writing about how I’m such a lousy Catholic because I can’t do this crazy, self imposed fast/diet/penance. This year, as Lent approached, I got antsy. I didn’t know what I wanted Read More

Making Time for Teens

I was going to make this just a post on our current ‘Morning Time’ routine, but when I started fleshing out what I wanted to say, I realized that right now, the thing I love about morning time is actually that it gives me more one on one time with my teens. And that is Read More

Spread the Word: Accepting the Gift

While I know the majority of my readers are not special needs parents, I know a devoted segment of you are. And those not raising special needs children themselves probably know Catholic parents who are living with this unique blessing. It’s why now I’m sharing all the details on my upcoming conference in the hopes Read More

A New Case of the Februarys

After months of packing, cleaning, repairing, unpacking and organizing, we’re finally moved and settled into our new house, and have renters successfully settled into our old house. When we first had our offer accepted in October, I had no idea how long everything would take or how it would eat up all our free time Read More

You Have A Choice: Talk To Those Who’ve Gone Before You

They say abortion is a women’s choice, however it seems to me many women choose abortion because they feel they don’t have any other choice. They are pressured by angry parents, unsupportive partners, persistent doctors, and well-meaning friends to terminate a pregnancy that will supposedly make life hard, or unbearable, for themselves and their unborn Read More

House Tour!

We moved last Saturday, thus the weak Takes last week and non-existant social media presence for several days. Remember how I wrote about being a minimalist a few weeks back?? HA! I have tons of crap – tons and tons of crap that I am still putting away and organizing. We moved several times in Read More

2019 Resolutions – Do What You Can, With All The Heads You Have

This is probably the least prepared I’ve been for writing a resolutions post. Not sure what that means for the success rate, but let’s do this thing!! First a recap of my 2018 resolutions. They were: keep exercising eat French stick with regular intermittent fasting limit mindless Facebook time and focus on in-person relationship building Read More

2018 Favorites

Coming to you from my hometown of Lancaster, PA; it’s the best of 2018! In case you missed my top posts, book recommendations and favorite photos, scroll onward! My Christmas letter from last week details our family highlights, and newsletter subscribers will get the first peek of our new house on Wednesday so sign up Read More

2018 Christmas Letter

Greetings to all my friends and family! Some of you may be getting a Christmas card, but unfortunately, not all of you. Please consider this Christmas letter a substitute for a photo card; one you can reference frequently through the coming year when you wish to feel closer to yours truly! Tony started a new Read More

How To Be A Minimalist When People Want To Spoil Your Kids

The idea for this post has sat in my ideas folder for quite some time, but as Christmas approaches, as well as a move, it seems an especially fitting time to reflect upon all the stuff that has accumulated in our lives, and all of the stuff that is yet to come. Note: if you Read More

The Gift That Keeps On Giving, And Reduces Nagging Too!

It can be hard to find the right gift for your husband year after year. He has all the gadgets and clothes he needs, and you really don’t want another do-dad taking up space in the master bedroom. You’ve searched high and low for the best experience gifts but finding the pickings on Groupon pretty Read More

We Are All Burdens

Last week during one of my many scrolls through Facebook I came across an older article shared by a friend that talked about “finding God by welcoming the disabled”. A quote she shared from the article caught my eye and has stuck with me since. “So whether it is the disabled, the unborn, the elderly, Read More

I’m Thankful for Modern Medicine

This week started with a stomach bug at 4:30 a.m. Unfortunately, it continued unabated through most of the day, and when the afflicted’s name is Fulton, that equals a trip to the ER. We struggled with the decision as to which ER to take him to; it was rush hour, do we take him to Read More

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