Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A New Chapter! Life is an Amazing Journey!!

Here is the recent article I wrote for the January 2016 issue of The Courier (arriving on doorsteps shortly!). This is the last issue I will work on as associate editor for I am "retiring" from that position! See below:

"This is my last month working on The Courier as the Associate Editor and I want to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your stories and answering my questions. Thank you for being patient and understanding. Thank you for your reminders and corrections. Thank you for reading our diocesan paper, for allowing us to bring the news and the faith into your home. Thank you for the letters and emails from so many of you that found an article or issue inspiring or thought-provoking so much that you were moved to write me. Those were the moments that kept me going! You have been so kind to me!
~ our boys ~
"I’m “retiring” as Associate Editor to pursue two other interwoven passions. The most important: raising our six sons. I have a renewed sense of love in motherhood; it is a love that is counter-intuitive. Ordinarily when we think of giving away, we then think of having nothing left. If my ten year old has three Lego hobbit figures and I make him share all three with his brother, he will have none left. Yet, love is so different! When we give ourselves away in Christ-like love, God renews us more abundantly! Instead of having nothing left, we have even more love than we started with! If we put Christ at the center of our lives, He never allows us to go dry – there is always more love to give. And I have found that the most fulfilling moments come just after you’ve decided to act in love beyond what you thought humanly possible (like when it is 3 o’clock in the morning and a child is calling out – happy are my nights when the name is “daddy” instead!). You pull out your hair, bang your head on the wall, throw your hands up in the air – but then you decide to love. And God blesses and transforms you through that love.
Maryvale Institute in England!
"The second reason is that after a ten year, six babies hiatus, I have a chance to complete my graduate studies in Theology, Marriage & Family through the Maryvale Institute! Please pray for me! I have enjoyed getting to know you and working with the Diocese of Winona, and we’ll still be around! If you would like to stay in touch, please follow my blog: where I will be sharing our journeys and adventures. For all questions, submissions, and comments about The Courier, please email and it will get to the right person. 
God bless you!"

My youngest bundle (9 month old #brighteyes) and I will depart for England on January 11th! I am so blessed beyond measure to have this opportunity and my "love tank" is full! Do you want to know what the face of NEW feminism really looks like? Look at my husband and the thousands of husbands across the world who support their wives with love, encouragement and respect. New feminism is elevating woman because of her femininity not over its destruction. And this goes hand in hand with the elevation of men in their great masculine dignity as well. We walk hand in hand for a better future of compassion, respect and love.

I'll be using this blog more frequently again - so be sure to follow if you want to stay connected! 
Our adventure awaits!