Catholic, Culture

I’m Staying Catholic Because of Burning Man

NPR has a survey going, "Have you left the Catholic Church?" A quick glance at the questions indicates they expect one answer. I responded to the survey, and threw in a "and nothing could ever make me leave!" for good measure. I highly doubt they'll contact me for follow up questions. I've realized my stubbornness… Continue reading I’m Staying Catholic Because of Burning Man

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Catholic, Church, Culture

Justice, Mercy, and Reverence for the Clergy

Two years ago, a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses came to my door. I opened the door and started the conversation with, "I'm a Roman Catholic and will always be one", hopefully expecting them to give up, but you could just see their eyes brighten as they countered with, "How could you be a Catholic after… Continue reading Justice, Mercy, and Reverence for the Clergy

Because when the apocalypse comes, pharmacies will be closed, but you'll still have your charts.
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

Learn NFP for the Zombie Apocalypse

Somewhere right around the turn of the Millenium, my generation began our obsession with the idea of a zombie apocalypse. Nerds began buying battle-ready machetes, ya know, just in case. Some bigger nerds began stockpiling non-perishables, because it's not a bad idea to have an emergency supply, right? Some even bigger nerds built zombie-proof bunkers… Continue reading Learn NFP for the Zombie Apocalypse

Culture, Marriage

Operant Conditioning and Love Languages

It's been awful quiet on the site lately, but now that the 4th of July is behind us (happy belated birthday, America!), I'm back at it. In my mini blogging hiatus, I joined in my husband's fascination with the Canadian Psychologist Jordan Peterson. One of my favorite clips I stumbled across was "The BEST relationship… Continue reading Operant Conditioning and Love Languages

Homeschooling: there's room for improvement
Catholic, Culture, Parenting

Homeschooling: there’s room for improvement

Every spring, the state homeschool conference rolls into town. I used to go with my mom as a kid. This year's conference marked a rite of passage: my first conference as a homeschool mom. Come this fall, my oldest and I will sit down every weekday to do a little light preschool. Public school has… Continue reading Homeschooling: there’s room for improvement

NFP in the Trenches- The Ultimate Answer
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

Natural Family Planning isn't good enough. Even a regular and predictable fertile period causes division, frustration, and temptation. The not completely uncommon extended abstinence experienced by couples is enough to severely damage a marriage. Yes, yes, sex isn't everything in a marriage, but you'd be a fool if you tried to claim that it isn't something. And… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The Ultimate Answer

NFP in the Trenches - Kate and Ben's Story
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – Kate & Ben’s Story

I've got another NFP power couple to introduce to you today: Kate and Ben Hendricks! I've run into Kate here and there online, you might recognize her from Stumbling Toward Sainthood, but in addition, she recently started a podcast with Ben under the umbrella of their site The Holy-ish Hendricks.  What was your longest period… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Kate & Ben’s Story

the NFP Police
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – The NFP Police

Last week, I started talking about the real changes that need to be made in how we talk about NFP. Let's keep that going and tackle my next least favorite thing about the NFP subculture: The NFP Police. You'll encounter them in online forums, in marriage prep, in books, and even on a bad day,… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – The NFP Police

Jen and Logan's Story
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – Jen and Logan’s Story

Introducing! The one (or is it the two...?), the only, the amazing, Jen and Logan!!!  Okay, I'll calm down, but I'm just really excited that Jen and Logan took a moment to share their NFP experience. I "internet met" Jen back in November, and I'm so thankful I did. She and her husband, Logan, run… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – Jen and Logan’s Story