In pursuit of discovering beauty in my daily adventure of being a mom of nine



Thankful Thursday – Mother’s Day Gratitude

If I were to write the story of my mother's life, it would take up several months of blog posts and even then that would be incomplete. At 78 (79 this year), she is busier than most people half her... Continue Reading →

Happy Monochrome Monday

Happy Monday Everyone! Mondays can be tough for me (okay, they are usually tough) so I decided to start this Monday off with something positive and beautiful (and monochrome). In this image, I love how the viewer is drawn to... Continue Reading →

Thankful Thursday: Love and Marriage

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a bridal shower honoring a young woman who has become like a daughter to me. Because her mother and future mother-in-law live out of state and were unable to attend, my daughters... Continue Reading →

The Songs We Long to Sing: A Pearl Forms in the Deep of This Stirring Sea.

Pope Francis has declared this year, a Jubilee Year of Mercy. He is encouraging us to open our hearts to receive God’s mercy and then in turn to share his mercy with those around us.

“God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden, can restore life to dry bones (cf. Ez 37:1-14). … Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”
~ Pope Francis, Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

Last week, I read a blog post by J.S. Park, a Christian minister. His words both moved me and stirred in me a stronger desire to show God’s love and mercy with all those that I encounter.  It poses the question:  How can I share God’s mercy to this hurting world?  And how can I teach my children to be compassionate and merciful?  The following is J.S.’ blog post.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

Each week, part of my chaplaincy training is to write a reflection on how it’s going. Here’s week number fourteen. Some identities may be altered for privacy. All the writings are here.

Sometimes a patient just talks for an hour, and I say two sentences, and that’s the whole visit. The patient usually says, “Thank you so much for your wisdom and advice” — and I hardly said a word.

Maybe that’s a good thing. If I had said too much, I might have messed it up.

But more than that: some patients just want an ear to listen.

I’ve seen the same thing at the homeless ministry. I ask someone, “How are you?” — and the answer is a breathless forty-five minute life-story of financial collapse and arrests and rehab and failed job interviews, and at the end, “You’re so wise, now I’m so pumped up for…

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Thankful Thursday: Motherhood

Above is a symbol of motherhood given to me by my children. I have been a mother for nearly 29 years, but seeing my daughter with her newborn brings those first weeks and months of motherhood back like they were... Continue Reading →


First let a little love find entrance into your hearts, and the rest will follow. St. Philip Neri Today I am thankful for the season of Lent - the real love story.

Thankful Thursday: We are Family

I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. - Maya AngelouHaving seven brothers and sisters can... Continue Reading →

Thankful Thursday: The Gift of Children

Last weekend, some friends of mine asked me to take pictures of their twin son and daughter's Christening. I warned them that I am better at taking pictures of flowers than people but they laughed and asked me anyway. So... Continue Reading →

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