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Make Everyday Valentine's!!!

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We are mid-January and now we cannot go anywhere without seeing red and pink hearts…they are everywhere! Many people enjoy the upcoming holiday, while others dread the holiday, calling it, “Singles Awareness Day” instead of Valentine’s Day.

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The Art of Mono-Tasking: Reclaiming the Ancient Practice of Doing One Thing At a Time

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The stars had aligned and the five of us sat down to play a game together.  It was a new one from Christmas, we were all sloths racing around a track, and the last one across the finish line won!  It was a cute premise and we laughed along for ten minutes.  Unfortunately, the game hadn’t ended.

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Reconciliation Resolution

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Several years ago, we hosted dinner for some of our friends.  One of them brought along The Catholic Card Game (yes, that’s really a thing, Google it) for some laughs after our meal.  The instructions told us the first player was whoever had gone to the Sacrament of Reconciliation most recently.  

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I SURRENDER...

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2020 is officially over and guess what?  WE MADE IT!  I did not wait up until midnight to ring in the New Year, but I fell asleep on December 31, 2020 with a sense of accomplishment and I also fell asleep a different person than I had one year prior.  I remember ringing in the 2020 with my family and my best friends saying that the year would for sure be better than the previous year.  I had just resigned from my full-time job, excited to be able to focus more on my family.  I was three months away from heading to China to bring my new son home to our family.  My children were excited to spend more time with their mother and hope was in the air. 

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Christmas Season Challenge: What It Means to Fully Receive Christmas

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Christmas Day is right around the corner.  For many of us, it’ll be quieter and smaller than normal, but the beauty of the Church’s feasts is that they’re fundamentally the same in gatherings of one or one hundred and in America, China, or anywhere you may find yourself.

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Always Moving Forward...

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This is the time of year that I start to get reflective about the past year and begin dreaming about the year to come.  I am not somebody who makes New Years Resolutions, I failed at those way too many times.  However, the last several years I have chosen a word to focus on and grow with each year.  In 2020 our family chose a word together for the first time.  Our 2020 word was kindness!  The mission was to grow in treating one another with kindness and in turn be a happier and kinder family to others. 

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Love/Hate Relationship with Phones

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PHONES!!!  I have a love/hate relationship with my phone!  I love being able to be reached whenever in the case of an emergency, but I also hate the fact that I can be reached whenever, when it is certainly not an emergency.  I love that I have the freedom to check my emails on my phone, but I hate that I feel that I always have to be caught up on email because it is at my fingertips at all times.  I love that I can upload a picture of my family having fun to my social media account, but I hate the fact that I get trapped on that social media account and waste countless hours a week scrolling through to see what everyone else is posting.  I know smart phones were created for convenience, but I am convinced that Satan had something to do with it!  I truly believe that Satan knew that we would use these phones to destroy our day-to-day life and our real relationships.    

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