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March 2011

Simple Pleasures

By |March 22nd, 2011|

The kids and I were recently away from the house for a several days.  Away from school work that really should have been done, away from laundry/cooking/cleaning, away from the phone calls, the computer emails and social networks, away from paper work for scouts and church, away from weekly meetings.  We were away from everything.  It was wonderful.  It gave me time to notice the little things like how wonderful my children are.  We were visiting our newest cousin who at the time was only 7 weeks old.  They fussed and awed over him the whole time we were there.  I watched as they fed him, burped him, talked and played with him, and cuddled him as he slept.  They are such loving little people. […]

Lenten Themes In Your Home

By |March 5th, 2011|

Hello dear friends of the Catholic Family Podcast and columns. Greetings as we are about to enter Lent. Each year, blogs and columns and religious shows bring us things to think about or to consider doing for Lent. So I guess I won’t be different – well maybe so.[callout]Church isn’t just a place to go to. Church is a way of life. And the rhythms and cycles of our faith are worth internalizing and helping to break up so our faith walk is ever fresh, ever new. […]

February 2011

A Day of Glass

By |February 28th, 2011|

This was so cool, I just had to put it on the website.

CF 144: The Gauntlet

By |February 28th, 2011|

In this episode:  Texas Independence Day, Kids Cooperating? St. Joseph Altar,  Starting is the Hardest Part, Better Window Cleaner,  The Gauntlet, Mail Bag;  Diana in Mission Viejo.

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Leave Them Alone

By |February 25th, 2011|

Last Monday night was my night off for a couple of hours from the kids and after dinner clean-up.  I play Keeno with a group of women once a month.  We get together and eat, discuss what is going on in our little town, and try to go home with at least one prize.  It’s not so much going home with a prize, but the time with other moms and the couple of hours away from the kids that I enjoy.   That is a subject for another post.

While I was away, David and the two older kids cleaned the kitchen.  Our children love to bake.  While the cleaning was going on, our oldest was discussing plans for her next baking project.  Her brother wanted to help.  David told them that after they finished cleaning the kitchen, they could bake whatever they wanted as long as that got cleaned up as well.  They chose a Brown Butter Soda Bread, a recipe from the Epicurious iPhone application.  I came home to a wonderful smell coming from the oven.  It had rosemary mixed in with pepper on top – yes, pepper.  It had a wonderfully spicy taste.  This is the kind of bread that you bring out when company comes.  They were very excited with their creation, especially since it tasted so delicious.  And they did it all by themselves. […]

I Can’t Afford Jesus

By |February 22nd, 2011|

You might have noticed a change in the Catholic Family’s website recently. Our website has traditionally been a landing page for our audio podcast. Most of our traffic (i.e. listeners) comes through subscriptions to our podcast through iTunes and other RSS sources. But recently, Allyson and I decided to “up the ante” and create new types of content such as blog articles. This has shifted the purpose of the website from an ancillary to primary distribution source.

As part of this transformation, we decided to try some things that we hadn’t tried before. I recently went to, a conference having a mission,”to educate, foster a sense of community, and remove barriers for webmasters and web developers, bloggers, podcasters, and social media enthusiasts.” Needless to say, I came away a little overwhelmed with all of the information on SEO (search engine optimization), monetization, and leveraging social media. […]