Catholic Moments: Prayer, Reflection, Freedom

Well, how did it go? This is the question I have been thinking about since yesterday. Abandoning my usual Lenten practices and taking a deep dive into kindness and prayer has actually been very fruitful. I can’t see myself returning to the old way of honoring this penitential time. Lent started amidst the snow onContinue reading “Catholic Moments: Prayer, Reflection, Freedom”

She’s In!

Catholic high schools in our area sent out their admissions decisions on February 18th. The day after, Kris received the big white envelope emblazoned with the words, You’re In! Inside the envelope was this folder, full of information on programs, scholarships, class lists, and much more. All of the “paperwork” is now online, so fillingContinue reading “She’s In!”

Catholic Moments Lent 2021 Unexpected Revelations

I received some positive feedback on my decision to not take part in traditional Lenten fasting. I was pleasantly surprised when my uncle, the priest,wished me well. It was nice to know I was not totally off-base. The following day my daughter Emily sent me this: I was much encouraged to see that I amContinue reading “Catholic Moments Lent 2021 Unexpected Revelations”

Catholic Moments Lent 2021, Focus: Kindness

We are having true winter in the Mid-Atlantic, with frigid temps and white stuff falling from the sky. I have welcomed the snow as it comes down and have even gotten to go sledding, more than once! I have been distracted by the snow tumbling from the sky and lingering on the ground. It hasContinue reading “Catholic Moments Lent 2021, Focus: Kindness”

Struggling

It has been many and many a day since I last wrote anything here. Much has happened in the time between. For me, the change in Presidential Administrations has altered my perspective. It is like a heavy stone has been lifted off my chest. My daughter Emily sent this GIF to our group chat onContinue reading “Struggling”

Embarrassed to be a White Woman (again)

It came as a shock. Betsy, Kris and I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon visiting in John’s backyard. We enjoyed the funny comments the kids made and connecting with their moms. Spending time outside with our family alters my mood and restores balance to my shifting emotions. It leaves me feeling peaceful and happy…Continue reading “Embarrassed to be a White Woman (again)”

Happy New Year, Happy Birthday Pop!

Well, it is finally over! 2020 is now a date for the history books. I think the entire nation is rejoicing this New Year’s Day! It is fitting that we all raise a glass to new beginnings. I will be raising my glass in a toast to my dad, Jim Getts, who will be celebratingContinue reading “Happy New Year, Happy Birthday Pop!”

John Busch Lassoed the Stork (7 times!)

Today is my husband John’s 56th birthday. I love this picture of him because he is happiest, as you can see, when he is with his kids or grandkids. This is one of the things that I love best about him. Even if it is difficult sometimes for him to put into words, his firstContinue reading “John Busch Lassoed the Stork (7 times!)”

Joy (and sadness)

If you have never watched the Pixar movie, Inside Out, I would highly recommend it. It is entertaining and it provides an interesting lens for looking at our memories and the emotions associated with them. An unexpected twist in the plot of the movie comes when the character Joy realizes that some happy memories (representedContinue reading “Joy (and sadness)”