Death · Heaven · Motherhood · women

Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

*This week, instead of writing to Anne, I write to my soon-to-be daughter-in-law’s mother, who passed away when Alexandra was 14. Alex’s father died a year later. Dear Janet, Wedding plans are humming along here, just days to go now. Alex is handling all the last-minute details and stress like a champ. Not a bridezilla… Continue reading Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

Family · Fashion · humor · Marriage · women

Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress

Dear Anne, It’s about six weeks and counting here at Casa Mother of the Groom, and the plans are moving along well, with lots of little details falling nicely into place. But I am struggling with one part of this whole process—finding the right mother of the groom dress. My wedding Pinterest board is entitled… Continue reading Be Quiet and Wear Beige–Or How to Shop for a Mother of the Groom Dress

relationships · women

Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus

Dear Susan, Yesterday, Ted and I set an appointment to speak with each other. Yes, it’s gotten that extreme. With a husband who travels frequently, spends the majority of his day on conference calls, and whose voicemail is always full, it can sometimes be hard to get a little face time with the one you… Continue reading Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus

Catholic · Faith · prayer · women

Thoughts and Prayers–About “Thoughts and Prayers”

  Dear Anne, “You really got a lot of ashes!” I was sitting at the bridge table on Ash Wednesday and the older lady (let’s call her Nancy) I was about to play against seemed unduly concerned about my forehead. I smiled at her but didn’t say anything, not quite sure how to respond. After… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers–About “Thoughts and Prayers”

Friendship · Lenten practices · retreat · women

Retreats Gone “Wild”

Dear Susan, I have determined that God must be speaking to us through Lin Manuel Miranda. You wrote a moving piece on forgiveness, based on his blockbuster musical, Hamilton.  At a retreat I attended this past weekend, the afternoon led off with a talk referencing “Satisfied,” based on a song from the same show.   I… Continue reading Retreats Gone “Wild”

Christmas · women

Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No!–Finding Jesus Amid the Tinsel and Bows

Dear Anne, I’m feeling a little guilty this Christmas. For the first time since the kids were born, I’m not sending out photo Christmas cards. It’s been a long time since my boys were cute little things posing in Christmas sweaters for the annual card picture, but through the years I’ve managed to keep up… Continue reading Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No!–Finding Jesus Amid the Tinsel and Bows