Family

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I Went to School for Years! Now I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom…?

The other day I was reflecting on a common frustration among stay-at-home moms—the seemingly “wasted” years of higher education that apparently get tossed aside when children enter the picture. Admittedly, I had moments leading up to the birth of my son when I felt that way. “I kicked my butt in undergrad and graduate school, just so I could change [...]

The whole Wallace family at “Dr. Mom’s” graduation from LSU with PhD. 
The girls told me they were proud of me. The only thing I really remember about the ceremony is when I was called across stage to get the degree…
I heard the girls yell, “We love you Momma!” Well, I love you to the moon and back!The whole Wallace family at “Dr. Mom’s” graduation from LSU with PhD. The girls told me they were proud of me. The only thing I really remember about the ceremony is when I was called across stage to get the degree… I heard the girls yell, “We love you Momma!” Well, I love you to the moon and back!

What to tell the girls about motherhood and career…

Recently, I was invited to speak at the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference sponsored by The Integrated Catholic Life, EWTN, Belmont Abbey College and the Aquinas Center of Theology. It was a blessing to be among such faith-filled working Catholic laity, living in the truth by integrating their faith and all areas of their lives, including their work. I spoke about [...]

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A Mom’s Reflection on Bench-Warming and Basketball

For nine years my son has practiced basketball for six to nine months out of every year. Usually at the end of the season we, as a family, wonder why we allowed him to do it! All those long days at school for practice time. All those even longer days of C team, JV team and then Varsity games. All [...]

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What’s Holding You Back from a Deepening Faith?

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced [...]

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Once Upon a Time, there was a Banana in the Kitchen…

“Once upon a time, there was a banana. And he lived in a kitchen…” So began the story my eight-year-old daughter Angela wrote yesterday for a homeschool writing assignment. I laughed and laughed, a big belly laugh. I almost couldn’t stop I loved the opening sentences so much. As I read on, I was tickled with her play on words, [...]

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Embracing Life’s Irritations — The True Path To Happiness

I traipsed up the aisle with a baby on my hip and four little ducklings waggling behind just before the choir belted the first verse of Sing Ye To The Lord.  We stopped at the entrance of a pew and my Sunday-dressed brood filed into their seats.  I followed them in, dropped my overstuffed diaper bag, knelt and surveyed the [...]

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What Every Mother Needs to Know About Raising Catholic Kids

  It was early winter, 1987. I was 24. I slipped into the bathroom for a blessed moment alone, just days after the birth of my first-born son. His had been a difficult birth. He was a challenging baby, not sleeping for more than an hour at a time, and fussy when he was awake. He didn’t nurse well. Or [...]

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How to Lead Your Family to Holiness

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus of Nazareth. It’s place on the liturgical calendar is the Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday. When that occurs, as it did in 2011, the feast is celebrated on Friday, December 30th. Pope Benedict XVI observed in [...]

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20 Lessons I Will Teach My Son

My little boy should arrive any day now. Having ventured beyond my due date, I’m experiencing Advent as the “season of patient waiting” to a very realistic extent this year. The extra days have given me ample time to reflect and prepare for both his arrival and the celebration of the arrival of the infant Jesus shortly thereafter. I decided [...]

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Making (Imperfect) Memories: What Great Things Might Be Happening?

A few years ago, I planned multiple Christmas projects so the kids and I could work together in a constructive, memory-making kind of way.  I admit to grandiose visions of homemade goodness prepared in an atmosphere of familial calm, peace, and love but the reality was more reflective of preschool playhouse bar room fights–if there were such a thing. Picture [...]