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The Most Important Thing

June 24, 2010

After being away for the day yesterday, today hit me rather hard.

Laundry and other household jobs had piled up, but it was my children who — having keenly felt my absence yesterday — seemed to pull at me the most.

From the moment I got out of bed, they pelted me with questions, needs, and requests:

Can we go to the library? Can I have some juice? Will you tie my sneaker? When can we go to the lake? What’s for lunch? Where are my blue shorts? When does camp start? Are you going to the store today?

Tired from my own work, I wasn’t exactly up for it. I was tempted to be ungracious.

No, I wanted to say. Not now. Maybe not ever. Please, just give me some quiet. Give me some space.

I was feeling just this way as I lugged a load of wet laundry to the clothesline this afternoon when 3-year-old Daniel stopped me.

“Mama?” he said, his dark brown eyes focused on me with earnest. “Wanna see my snakey?”

“Is it very far away?” I hesitated.

“No,” he answered cheerfully as he took my hand and pulled me toward a large white pail in the yard.

I left the laundry basket in the grass and followed him. Then, as the two of us sat in the sun, peering into a muddied pail together, I saw his snakey. It had bright black eyes and a small pink tongue that flicked at me curiously. Daniel’s small hands clung to the edge of the pail as his eyes peered over its edge, smiling at me.

Sometimes, I thought, the most important thing a mom can do is to let go of it all … and go to see the snakey.


Thank You to Dawn By Design!

June 24, 2010

So I know some pretty awesome people online. And sometimes I get to meet these pretty awesome people in real life at conferences and such. And sometimes these pretty awesome people are pretty awesomely talented and generous and they offer to do things for me, like “pretty up” my book blog.

Which is just what my friend, the super-awesome, super-generous, super-talented Dawn of Dawn by Design offered to do for Elizabeth and me.

Doesn’t it look lovely and Small Step-ish here?

If you agree, I hope you’ll send Dawn some love at Dawn by Design (where she offers all kinds of cool, creative stuff for absolutely free) and follow her on twitter so you won’t miss any of the cool stuff she gets into in the future.

A BIG thank you to Dawn from Small Steps!

Win a Free Copy of Small Steps

June 17, 2010

You can enter to win a free signed copy of Small Steps for Catholic Moms in a giveaway hosted by Sarah Reinhard at this week.

Entering is free and easy — Don’t miss out!

Meet You in Massachusetts?

June 2, 2010

This Saturday, June 5 I will be representing Faith & Family at the New England Catholic Homeschool Conference.

I will also be signing and selling copies of Small Steps for Catholic Moms and its companion journal. If you’re planning to attend, please stop by and say hello!

Elizabeth Foss Interview at Aquinas and More

June 2, 2010

Elizabeth Foss was recently interviewed about Small Steps for Catholic Moms at Aquinas and More Catholic Goods.

She shares about the inspiration behind the book, our process for writing it together, and the blessing that she hopes Small Steps will be for every mom who reads it. Go read the whole thing!

Look Who’s Reading Now

May 27, 2010

Kate Wicker shares this sweet photo of two of her “Mommies in Training.”

Win a Signed Copy of Small Steps

May 21, 2010

Hooray! We’re giving away three signed (by both Elizabeth Foss and me) copies of Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day.

Head on over to Faith & Family to enter for your chance to win.