Archive for ‘Learning To Say I Do’
As Sara and Justin celebrate two years of marriage, Sara reflects on how to find joy in everyday life. She says: “Remembering that my joy isn’t contingent on everything going according to plan is, at times, a struggle for me.”
What is a married couple to do when one person is a saver and the other a spender? Sara and Justin share their experiences with navigating a healthy budget.
A trip to Indianapolis provides an opportunity for Sara to reminisce about the changes in her life. “Sometimes,” she says, “it’s good to get out of the routine simply to see how much I’ve grown and changed and how God’s been working in our lives.”
When is a piece of chocolate more than just chocolate? When it comes to mean a special treat for a busy mom. Sara explains why it’s important to have some “me” time and things, even if it’s just chocolate.
Justin’s bad foot means that Sara has to do more yard work than she expected. She learns an important lesson about finding God in everyday tasks.
Over the past few weeks baby Gus’ personality has started to emerge. “I can’t prove it,” says Dad, “but my intuition has started to tell me that he knows when he is doing something he is not supposed to be doing.”
A friend’s unexpected visit makes Justin and Sarah realize how much they enjoy–and need–outside company. Read how they decide to broaden their world.
Sara and Justin consider the question “Who will I trust to ensure my happiness?” Many people trust only themselves. But Sara says that since Gus’ birth, “God has really shown me in a million different ways that I am not in control.”
Runny noses, missed naps and a broken dishwasher have left Sara in need of an attitude adjustment. Read how she responds.
The diocese where Sara and Justin live has started a capital campaign. They discuss their possible participation and how this will affect their other charitable contributions.
Sara writes that her life as a stay-at-home mom has become like the movie “Groundhog Dog,” as she follows the same routine over and over. Is that such a bad thing?
Justin reflects on the example offered by Pope Francis and his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. He discusses how meeting Gus’s needs has helped to lessen his attachment to material goods.
To prepare for Easter, Sara decides to fast from radio, TV and the internet. Her experience leads to a permanent resolution regarding computer time.
As Sara watches Gus grow, she is reminded of Mary’s role in Jesus’s life. While she doesn’t know what God has in store for Gus, she reflects that Jesus’s own suffering ended with Easter joy.
Sara makes a surprising connection between the new Pope’s love for simplicity and–couponing! Read what she’s already learned from Pope Francis.
Sara reflects: “As we continue to ponder how best to best Gus in the faith, I realized perhaps the answer is simpler than we realize.” Read what she and Justin discovered.
Sara’s visit to a homeless shelter prompts her to consider the many blessings she and Justin enjoy. She says: “In the coming weeks, Justin and I will continue to ponder how we are called to help the less fortunate and serve our Lord in this small way.”
Sara and Justin are experiencing a common dilemma of parents with small children: How to get something out of Mass while tending to a fussy baby. On Ash Wednesday, Sara realizes why it’s important to take Gus to Mass.
This Lent, Sara and Justin have decided to focus on two goals: eliminating distractions and taking time to recall God’s presence in their lives each day. Read how they’re going about it.
As we celebrate National Marriage Week and Valentine’s Day, Sara offers some specific reasons why she loves her husband. Being married to Justin, she concludes, “has far surpassed my expectations.”
As Sara settles into her new role as stay-at-home mom, she realizes that she’s picked up some of her mother’s characteristics–like pinching pennies.
Sara and Justin discuss Sara’s transition to staying at home with Gus. It’s both easier and harder than they imagined.
Sara says good-bye to the parish where she’s been working. As she reflects on the “lasts,” she also looks forward to her new vocation as a stay-at-home mom.
Last week Sara reflected on what she hopes to gain by staying home with Gus. This week it’s Justin’s turn, and he sees a lot to look forward to.
Recently Justin asked Sara: “What do you hope to gain by staying at home with Gus?” Sara has been pondering the question and offers three outcomes she’d like to see.