Friday, October 31, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Are you ready for Friday BUNDLE contest?

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Are you ready for Friday BUNDLE contest?: I have been celebrating Catholic Moms and GrandMoms and all caregivers of children ALL month long! As you might know, my new EWTN TV series...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: And the contests begin!

Catholic Mom's Cafe: And the contests begin!: Happy feast of Saint Therese! Today the month long contests begin to celebrate Catholic Moms and GrandMoms! All throughout the month of O...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Win, celebrate, win, celebrate, win!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: "Mom-ism Monday # 3!

Catholic Mom's Cafe: "Mom-ism Monday # 3!: It's been a week end of special very beautiful feast days! I love the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Hear...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: "Catholic Moms Cafe" Premiering in November!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: It's time: Mom-ism Monday # 2!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Celebrate your "Mom-isms!"

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Recent radio chat discussing exciting upcoming events!

Recent radio chat discussing exciting upcoming events!


Are you going to go out and see the MOMS' NIGHT OUT movie? I hope so! It's a highly entertaining family movie!

Here's a link to my interview with Patricia Heaton in the National Catholic Register:

God bless you and yours!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

God's grace and "Prayerfully Expecting" sustained her

A woman name Brooke wrote the following review about my book Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers to Be:

"When I first found out I was pregnant with out first baby I remember a friend telling me about this novena book. I bought it and loved it so much. I took my time with it and would journal in the pages and write little notes. When my husband and I found out that our baby was most likely going to end in a miscarriage we were devastated. However, this little book was an incredible source of grace through that difficult time. Our first did end up miscarrying. We named him Jack, and even though I only got to month 2 in the book, I can look back on what I wrote and prayed at the time and smile thinking of our precious, but short time with him. We are so happy to know that we are expecting again and I just bought another one to help pray through this baby. Definitely recommend for any mom who is seeking spiritual strength in this beautiful time in their life."
[as seen on Amazon]

May God bless you, dear Brooke. Your baby is a saint in heaven!

Please feel free, everyone, to share your pregnancy stories in the comments below and with one another in your daily lives to inspire and encourage. I will soon have a special place again for "Prayerfully Expecting" news.

God bless you and keep you!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Prayer is a surge of the heart!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Appearing on Women of Grace all this week!

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Delicious gluten-free pizza on the grill!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Out with the old and in with the new!

We are ushering out the "old" year and ringing in the new one tomorrow on the feast of our Blessed Mother.

Even adding one extra daily prayer to the Blessed Mother will help to transform your New Year.
What are your spiritual resolutions for the New Year? Have you taken a moment to think about it? Why not resolve to pray a Hail Mary every morning at the breakfast table after you pray your Grace Before meals, asking the Blessed Mother to guide your day?

As well, starting each day with the Morning Offering is essential. You will be offering all of your prayers, works, joys, and sufferings to Our Lord in advance of your day asking Him to transform all of it into prayers by uniting them to His passion and suffering. You can pray a simple prayer in your own words or use a formal version. Each one is pleasing to God.

For instance:

O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Perhaps you might want to also pray to your Guardian Angel each morning and evening asking for protection and guidance throughout the day and protection through the night.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen.
These "prayer habits" require some effort to form, but once you have decided to carve out that essential time for prayer, and then do all you can to make it happen, you'll be off to a wonderful start--weaving prayer throughout your day--keeping that conversation going with your Creator.

And, exactly what is prayer? You might wonder. Yes, it's a "surge of the heart" as St. Therese has pointed out. Yet, it is also our decision to use our will which God has given us, to choose to pray. So, form those good prayer habits in the New Year. Choose to make prayer happen on a more regular basis.

Take a few moments today to ponder leaving the "old" year behind and bringing in the "new." Of course, you'll want to start by attending Mass on the holy day tomorrow (or the vigil Mass tonight).

What can you do in the New Year to please Our Lord. What will you do?

God bless you and yours!

Happy (almost!) New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Catholic Mom's Cafe: What do Catholic Moms really want for Christmas?

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A snippet of my audio version of "Embracing Motherhood."


Book and Audio book
available at my website:

Did you know that you can listen to a part of my book, Embracing Motherhood? I narrated my book to produce an audio version and the publisher and Amazon has provided a portion of it here. It's a part of the Introduction. I hope you enjoy it!

Just click on the above link and then click on the "listen" button under the book cover image.

God bless you and yours!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

View from the Domestic Church: My daughter's happy day!

View from the Domestic Church: My daughter's happy day!

My daughter got married!

It was a whirlwind of a week end. Here's a photo to start you off with and I will be writing a post very soon.

Celebrating my daughter's happiness on her wedding day!

God bless you and yours!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Angels this fall!

I am excited to share this cover image (back and front) of my upcoming Angels For Kids book. learn more about it on my website:

Click on image to see it larger

God bless!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Our Lady's Protection: A Sacramental from our Church


This sweet young lady, named Beth wore a Miraculous Medal to Mass today. Her mother is reading my book, The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions. Her grandmother sent me this precious photo.

Are you wearing a blessed Miraculous Medal? Our Blessed Mother Mary instructed Saint Catherine Laboure that those who wear the medal will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.

The prayer on the medal is: "O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."

Autographed copies of my book, The Miraculous Medal are available here:  Each order is sent with a blessed Miraculous Medal.

May God bless you and yours and may Mother Mary keep you close to her Immaculate Heart!

[photo posted with permission from Beth's family]

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Wonderful endorsement from Fr. Mitch Pacwa S. J.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Please pray for baby Adele

Little Adele needs prayers please. She's the baby girl with brain cancer. She is running a fever and is in the hospital. She had a recent blood transfusion. Her Mom has said:

We had a lovely week at home with a happy Adele and lots of fun, family time (minus Daddy throwing his back out). I have a hard time with change and I really like schedules so it was difficult for me to come to the hospital today.
Adele started running a fever this afternoon and by around 6 pm it was up to 101.5 which is the magic "go to hospital now, do not pass go" ticket. Because she is neutropenic (no white cells, can't fight infection) if she spikes a fever she has to get antibiotics on board right away. Any little bug can be devastating to her.

So, Adele and I headed to our local hospital. Thankfully CMH had called ahead and they sent us straight to a room. Then it was hurry up and wait. Things finally picked up and she got lots of blood drawn to check for infection and she got a chest xray just to rule anything out.

The resident has been great so far, she has already popped in to let me know her platelets and hemoglobin are low. She will be getting some red blood cells soon. We are still waiting to hear where her white count is sitting.

Adele is getting antibiotics right now to knock out whatever might be going on. She will have to be in the hospital at least two days. Her discharge requirements are no fever for 48 hrs, negative blood cultures (meaning no infection in her blood) and an ANC (infection fighting ability) of at least 500.

There is a possibility that we will be transported to CMH in the next day or so. Adele was due for a clinic appt and her last chemo med on Tues. Wed she is supposed to get a catheter and start stem cell harvest on Wed.

Please pray that this is something little and easily overcome. Please pray for Peter to recover quickly, he can barely move right now. Thank you. Jesus, I trust in you. Thank you for this past wonderful week our family had. Please grant Adele complete healing of whatever is causing this fever and of all at/rt present in her body.

Please pray for baby Adele and her family. Thank you in advance.

God bless you and yours,

Monday, June 24, 2013

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Immediately encouraged and hopeful

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Prayers for Adele update

Adele suffers from brain cancer
Remember little Adele whom I spoke about recently? Her mom is desperate for prayers for her. She said:

And our plans have changed again.

We've been discussing with Adele's doctor her inability to stand up on her own and her leg weakness but he hadn't really gotten to see it himself until today. She is having a really hard time walking and is not able to stand up from being seated. A few weeks ago when she originally presented with legweakness she had an MRI that showed her tumor had grown. She started on steroids and regained her strength. She is now off steroids.

Originally her doctor wanted to get her started on her next round of chemo before doing a scan but today he changed his mind. If she has an MRI that shows her tumor has grown she can't stay on this clinical trial she is on. It makes sense, if her tumor grows then this isn't the right treatment for her. Her doctor decided it would be wise to see what we are dealing with instead of putting her through more chemo that might not be working.

There is a little confusion over her MRI time because they just scheduled it today. I believe it is set for 9 am tomorrow but we won't know for sure until tomorrow morning.

Peter is hanging tough in KC for now and I am in a holding pattern here in Wichita. We have no idea what we are doing at this point. No matter what the MRI shows she can't start chemo until this bacteria is gone.

I'm really scared that we will get bad news tomorrow. Of course, things are already bad. Maybe I should say worse news.

I am just begging God to let us keep our sweet girl. It's killing me being away from her this long, I will not let her go. We are in a very critical place right now. This is one of the worst possible tumors anyone could get. It has a very low survival rate and those that do survive undergo grueling surgery, chemo and radiation with many sometimes devastating long-term side effects.

I can't even think about side effects right now, I just want her to survive. I might just implode if I start thinking about things like long term effects. She already has no hearing in her right ear. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining and I welcome deafness if that's what it takes. It just sucks. It sucks to have to beat up our baby to try to maybe cure her.

Like I said, I'm begging Jesus to let us keep her. I told him today, now is the time. It's time to step up. We trust in You, we are ready to take Your hand and walk out on the water. Please Jesus, Mother Mary, all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, pray for Adele that she be completely healed of this at/rt cancer. Fr. Kapaun, we are really lobbing you a softball here, this is your chance to knock it out of the park. Please heal our Adele.

UPDATE: Adele's tumors have shrunk! Please keep praying!

Please pray for Adele and her family.
God bless!