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One Year Later: Ray’s Brain Injury Recovery

As the posts regarding Ray’s recovery from brain injury, and our experience of the last year continue (a little slower than I’d hoped!), I know the burning question in the minds of many is, “But how is Ray doing, now?” The process of brain injury recovery is actually a three-year deal, so we’re only a third…

Sex is NOT the Nourishing Food of Marriage (but it is the apple pie a la mode)

On Friday my Facebook feed lit up with reposts of an article from Aleteia.org, written by Mr. Ryan Williams, entitled “Sex is the nourishing food of marriage,” with the subtitle, “It doesn’t come as the result of other acts of charity in a marriage; it is the cause of them.” (**Please see the editor’s note…

Homecoming!

Ray’s Home! After eight weeks in Grand Rapids in neurological rehab, Ray has finally come home. Here’s a how it went down… We Had a Week that Could Have Been from that Fiery Place Below First off, I’ve been suffering from a terrible cold that has only affected me (worn down as I am), and…

The Unexpected Blessing of Being Open to Life

This little guy turns one today, so it seems fitting that I write a post I’ve been meaning to write for a very long time. I’d like to reflect on the fact that, about one year and eight months ago, when Ray and I shared our news with friends and family, the overwhelming response was,…

An Unexpected Homecoming

It’s been a long week. Last Saturday, Ray’s sister was visiting when he had a bout of “seizure like activity.” On Monday, just as I was getting ready to leave the rehab hospital to go pick up the kids, I noticed that Ray’s breathing was labored. One thing led to another, and it turned into…

How I Can Support Traditional Marriage and Not be a Hater

Anyone who follows this blog in any way, shape, or form would probably correctly assume that I am opposed to gay marriage. More precisely, I believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Why? Because marriage is an institution created by God to serve a very specific role within his creation – to procreate, and…

An Honest Reaction to “Joyful” News

My hands shook and my knee jumped frantically of its own accord as I sat on my shiny throne. God, please, no.  You can’t do this to me. No, no, no.  That’s not what I’m supposed to say. Not my will, but Thy will be done, Lord. It can’t be true.  Please, don’t let it…

Surrender for My Valentine

Surrender and Valentine’s Day?,  some might ask, incredulously.  Seriously? Well, surrender is a funny thing. Were I to surrender myself to the wrong thing, say sexuality, or drugs or alcohol, or the false gods of materialism and wealth, it would consume me totally. Ultimately, it would change the person I am, change my goals, change my…

The Cat’s Away…

The cat being Ray, of course.  Off across the globe, enjoying malted beverages and weinerschnitzels.  The mice have played quite a bit, and I must confess that, while I do miss my DH, a week on my own does have its benefits.  As much as I enjoy our evenings spent relaxing with a glass of wine on…

A Valentine’s Post – Meek but not Milquetoast

One of Bishop Coyne’s New Year’s Resolutions was “To be meek but not milquetoast.” It may seem odd that this is the topic for my Valentine’s Day post.  Bishop Coyne probably intended these words to be applied to our spiritual life – our willingness to be obedient to God and to stand up for what we believe in, in…

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