Joy: the Cure to FOMO
Catholic, Culture

Joy: the Cure to FOMO

One of my more regretted decisions was watching the 2013 film This is the End with James Franco and Seth Rogan. 0/10, I would not recommend. For the finale, as the universe crumbles into chaos around them, the "heroes" escape the clutches of Channing Tatum and Satan (don't ask) and the one "hero" who sacrifices himself… Continue reading Joy: the Cure to FOMO

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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

Charting: Why Wait?
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches- Charting: why wait?

Lately, most of my conversations start out, "so I read this thing online about NFP". My husband jokingly referred to my "obsession with the NFP subculture". Like any subculture, there are perennial debates. One of those is the grave/just debate, on which I laid out my feelings at the end of the last post, and… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches- Charting: why wait?

L & B's Story
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches – L & B’s Story

Last Thursday, I introduced this "NFP in the Trenches" series with a promise of real-life stories from the non-poster children of NFP. Today, I'm sharing the first story, from "L & B". Some of the couples you'll get to know a bit better, but due to the sensitive nature of the material, some couples, like L… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches – L & B’s Story

Catholic, Culture, Marriage

NFP in the Trenches- time to change the conversation

Before I got married, when someone said Natural Family Planning, I thought of this: After I got married, had a kid, and actually had to start to postpone pregnancy, when someone said NFP, I thought of this: That is not an uncommon experience. NFP is billed as a magical system that helps unite a couple… Continue reading NFP in the Trenches- time to change the conversation

America's Pastor on Millenials
Catholic, Culture

America’s Pastor on Millenials

A few hours ago, America began it's final farewell to the Reverend Billy Graham. I'll confess, before learning of his passing last week, I'd never really given him much thought. Mostly I saw him as the archetype of the Protestant revival preacher. Over the last week, though, I began tuning into the tribute channel on… Continue reading America’s Pastor on Millenials