Jolly Rancher cross lollipops and Spy Wednesday!

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My younger kids have standardized testing this week at school and they are convinced that eating/sucking on Jolly Ranchers helps them to perform better. So, last night we made Jolly Rancher cross lollipops for them to take to school and share with their classmates.  Continue reading

St. Joseph’s Day and Happy Palm Sunday and a Blessed Holy Week!

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Well, here we are. All the preparation, prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving that we focused on during Lent has finally brought us to this most holy of holy weeks.

But I need to backtrack a little since I am a little tardy in getting this post out. On Saturday, the day before Holy Week we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We know from Scriptures that Joseph was a just and upright man. St. Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church and of family life. We should go to St. Joseph often and ask for his guidance in our own trials of family life and in following the will of God. Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not Irish…not one wee bit…but this is one of my favorite feast days! My husband (and hence my children) DO have a wee bit of Irish in them. But like the saying goes…everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!


And who doesn’t love Ireland’s beloved patron saint! Continue reading

The Convention of States Deception

The Convention of States (COS) movement was started by Mark Meckler, a Tea Party organizer of some note. The COS describes its general purpose and plan here. 

Basically the COS promotes the idea that, the best way to rein in our out of control government is to use the Convention power in Article V of the Constitution.  With this idea as a premise, the COS is currently working to have the States call a convention for a specific subject: Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.  We have recently posted a link to a video, which explains in less than 7 minutes why this is a dangerous solution.  You may want to look at that post.

While we disagree with the COS solution, we are  concerned here with COS methods and arguments.  Along these lines, I first want to point out recent underhanded methods used by the COS in New Hampshire.  You should look at this brief one page newsletter for the details. Continue reading

Justice Scalia opposed a Constitutional Convention

I suggest you read this to understand Justice Scalia’s true position on a Constitutional Convention. Former US senator, Tom Coburn, and other Con-Con supporters would have you believe that Scalia supported a Con-Con. This exposes the lie and gives you the pertinent details.


Happy Laetare Sunday!


Today is Laetare Sunday which is the fourth Sunday in Lent. Like Guadete Sunday in Advent, it falls in the middle of the penitential season so that we can reflect upon the great celebration to come. Continue reading

Almost halfway through Lent…and some good reads for Lent

Wow! Can you believe that we are halfway through Lent? Well, I’ve been doing well with my Lenten Mercy ChallengeAnd there are a couple of family things that we usually do for Lent but haven’t had a chance yet…planning to do them this weekend (better late than never)!

Crown of thorns – You can use the easy salt dough recipe below to create a crown. Or you could use a grapevine wreath. Place the crown in a prominent place in your home. For each Lenten sacrifice that a family member makes, he or she removes a toothpick from the crown. Continue reading