Entertaining Strangers

Recently, I found myself in front of the house, doing a project. This is a rarity, in that, for most of the past year, I've been renovating the inside of the house. I haven't really had time to do the exterior work. At least not yet. And it was especially...

September 21, 2018 by Dane Baird

Natural Family Planning and Your Health

When people think of the words ‘Natural Family Planning’ they may think of the Rhythm Method.  But, if you can imagine how much modern medicine...

September 14, 2018 by Amy Karney

Parenting Advice from Fulton J. Sheen

There are no juvenile delinquents; there are only delinquent parents. The Fourth Commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother,” is hardly ever quoted today as...

September 7, 2018 by FamiliesFullyAlive

Recipes and DIY’s

DIY At Home Cooking Camp for Children

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Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez

Monica is a married mother of 6 in Florida who is an enthusiastic convert to the Catholic Church and a lay member of the Home of the Mother. For many years she was a teacher and counselor in the public school system but now she labors with love in her home teaching and counseling the hearts of her own children.

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Among the Pots and Pans

 

Several months ago I started having issues with my dishwasher.  I live in a humid climate, and I suppose the humidity was the culprit.  I started to find little spots of mold inside the dishwasher.  I would clean the spots, run dishwasher cleaner, let it air out, but the spots would return.  The mold started to show up in many tiny and hard to reach spots. So I decided to start handwashing the dishes until I could find the time on a weekend to take apart the pieces and give it a complete steam cleaning barring my husband finding the right tools for the job. 

Summer Faith Building Ideas

Summer time is just around the corner!  The days are getting longer, children are coming to the end of their school year, and warmer days are on the way.  Many parishes also bring their catechism classes to a conclusion in the month of May, often with the celebrations of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  That being said, the catechist led lessons and homework are soon coming to a close.  To add to that, the kick-back and relax attitudes that come with summer are on their way as well.  They don’t call them the “dog days of summer” for nothing! 

Tortas de Papa/Potato Cakes

The liturgical season of Lent has been my favorite since I entered the Church years ago.  I imagine it has something to do with the beauty of the intense time of penitential practice that had been missing from my spiritual life for so long.  One challenge that I encountered in the beginning was how to feed my family meatless meals since I was inexperienced in this area.  Fortunately, I have a devout Catholic mother-in-law who is also an amazing cook!  She passed this recipe onto me and I now enjoy making these for my husband and children during Lent.

5 Simple Ways to Increase the Faith Life of Children

The title of this article sounds a bit like a Pinterest board; I must admit!  But the purpose of the title is quite the contrary.  In today’s media saturated world, laden with images of “perfection”, it is easy to for one to become downtrodden when comparing his or her reality with what is presented online.  Often times the picture perfect portrayals on blogs, websites, and social media discourage those trying to accomplish a particular goal or feat simply because what they produce never quite turns out as beautifully as what they saw online.  Unfortunately, even when it comes to faith-related topics, one can succumb to this perfection paralysis.

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