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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,…

A Single Bead is Finally Here! (A Belated Announcement)

Seriously. What blogger has a new book release and doesn’t even get around to blogging about it until more than two weeks after release? Ummmmm. This one. I was all excited back on November 18th to do my cover reveal. I set up a Rafflecopter giveaway, posted the cover to Facebook, and wrote a long blog…

Patience

Patience has never been a virtue I excelled at. It appears God is giving me ample opportunity to learn it, however. One morning last week, I wrote in my journal three things that I need to do better and all three of them revolved around that one virtue… Patience. Patience with others who deal with…

A Peace That Surpasses All Understanding

It’s now been three and a half weeks since Ray’s heart attack. From finding my husband dead on the floor, to praying while performing chest compressions, to facing a future filled with uncertainty, I have been blessed with “a peace that surpasses all understanding.” The Mass readings throughout this Advent season have spoken to me…

Exciting News About A Single Bead!

The day I have waited for is almost here. On Wednesday, I finally get to share with you… the cover design for my book, A Single Bead! And, I get to give away three copies of the book! I will be revealing the cover on my Facebook author page first, so if you haven’t already,…

Why I’m a Terrible Person and Can’t Boycott the Coffee Shop

I’ve tried. I really have. I tried when I heard that the president of the company said that they supported gay marriage because it was “just part of who we are.” And I tried again when I learned that they have supported Planned Parenthood in the past. But I’ve failed. I’ll admit that part of it is…

The Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12) is one of my favorite mysteries of the Rosary. It seems to have endless depths to explore, and I am frequently startled by the realization of some new, previously hidden element. I love to think about Mary’s concern for the bride and groom, and of her intercession on their behalf. As…

Seven Quick Takes – Big Family Craziness, Running Late, Confessing, and a Book Design Sneak Peek

Well, I’m a day late with this, but, as you’ll read below, I’m a repeat offender as far as tardiness goes. Regardless, thanks for dropping by, and please read on for a little update on the Engelman family. — 1 — I am learning just how crazy life can be with five children. Last Saturday,…

Closer to Christ – A Birthing Story

For most families, it was a Sunday night like any other. They ate their dinners, laid out clothes for the day to come, and tucked the children into bed. For the Engelman family, it was the night when the much-awaited fifth baby would finally come. My mother-in-law came to stay with the kids and we…

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…

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