Christmas · Motherhood

Have Yourself a Perfectly Imperfect Little Christmas

Dear Anne, “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you. You don’t know how much you helped me last Christmas!” I recognized Cathy from church, our kids were roughly the same age, but they were at different schools and our paths hadn’t really crossed before. I certainly didn’t remember anything special I had done for her… Continue reading Have Yourself a Perfectly Imperfect Little Christmas

Motherhood

Have a Beer With Your Kid–and Other Words of Maternal Wisdom

  Dear Anne, “It’s great when you can sit down and have a beer with your kids.” About ten years ago I heard those words from my sons’ former fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Chestnut, a woman who exuded such wisdom and calm (a necessity teaching fourth grade boys, for sure) that she was something of a role… Continue reading Have a Beer With Your Kid–and Other Words of Maternal Wisdom

Catholic · Motherhood

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?

  Dear Anne, It’s that time of the year again.  Drive any highway and you will see minivans and family SUV’s loaded up with XL twin sheets, mini refrigerators and free-flowing maternal angst.  Yes, it’s time for college freshmen to head to school.  I’ve done that trip three times, our nest getting a little emptier and… Continue reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?