Provocative Manners: The Sauce of Life

April is the month of a special anniversary. Many of you might not know that Katy and I wrote a book about manners and common-sense and as we have merged and developed our websites over the past several years, we are adding in this additional area of expertise to Loving These Days.   For the…

A Mom’s Life of Preparation

After many weeks of absence, I now have a chance to take a moment a write about the upcoming Easter weekend. Being in the middle of the Triduum, we have an opportunity to hold off on the celebrations and spend the next few days in preparation for Easter Sunday. Growing up, I had always been…

Creating a Life for the Common Good

An organized life is a beautiful life – a ripple-effect for the common good. Every now and then we all have those days, or weeks, where everything feels like it’s spinning out of control. ┬áThere are just too many things to check off the list, too many appointments in one week and of course this…

Beginning the New Year with Patience

Most of us would think that the idea of crossing a road should be pretty self-explanatory, if not, then you should have learned that as a pedestrian, crossing the road when the cars have a green light is mostly likely not a good idea. It’s actually probably a horrible idea! Yes, of course I have…

The Beauty of Preparing for Christmas

Why do we make life so complicated? The last four weeks of preparation before Christmas has been a whirlwind for my family. We currently in transition mode, while we build our new house, so the Christmas decorating has been minimal, so minimal that we only have a 3 foot tall tree with lights (no ornaments,…

Give a Little Love

Take a moment to smile and change the world – any small act of love. Last week I took all four children to the grocery store (I know that’s pretty crazy, right?) and typically my older two like to color pictures and give them as “gifts” to the unsuspecting check-out person. Well, at first I…