Family

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Creating Summer Family Memories

One summer I encouraged Catholic moms to be mindful of their prayer schedules when changing over to a new season. I gently but straightforwardly reminded, “While making plans for our families this summer, let’s not forget about the prayer. Summer is certainly not a time for our faith to inadvertently go on vacation, after all. Changes in our schedule once [...]

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Seven Steps to Combat Grocery Checkout Lane Smut

I was unloading a mound of groceries onto the conveyor belt during a recent trip to a major superstore when my 7-year old said, “Mom, the baby is looking at something inappropriate.” Since I was calculating the cost of an astronomical food bill for a family of eight, I only half-listened to my child’s cautionary words. When I turned my [...]

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Everyone Needs Another Mother

As my son prepares to leave home for college in just a few months, I feel a bit lost. Who’s going to be there to say, “It’s late and time to get to bed. Put those things away now. Are you feeling OK?” The importance of parents—for the spiritual health of children–can never be overstressed. It is parents who instill [...]

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In All Things, Give Thanks?

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!” (Psalm 107:1) I pressed the down button and waited for the elevator. We were at Johns Hopkins Neurology Clinic where my husband and I had just met with a genetic specialist about my son, Patrick. The doctor had given us a thorough overview [...]

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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, [...]