Category: Reflections

  • How Many Seeds in a Watermelon?

    How Many Seeds in a Watermelon?

    What do motivational posters, charismatic preachers, and embroidered pillows have in common? They regularly tell us to count our blessings. If we’re in the midst of a good day, we’d probably admit it would take a long time to count all our blessings. Maybe even longer than it would take to count all the seeds…

  • The Skeptic

    The Skeptic

    I’ve never been an atheist. But I’ve certainly been a skeptic, especially when it comes to the Catholic Church. I went to Catholic school up to 8th grade before transitioning to a public high school. It gave me a foundation, but I didn’t own my faith. Religion was just another class, like science or math…

  • I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

    I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

    I remember it clearly. I was about five years old. My parents were watching a Christian TV program (on our console television set, the one with the dial channel changer). The subject being discussed was the Holy Ghost. Yikes! The Holy Ghost?! 👻 This got my attention!! I sat on our family room floor, our…

  • Behold Your Mother

    Behold Your Mother

    Sixteen years ago I celebrated my first Mother’s Day, being just a few months pregnant with “Uncle Ben” (this was our funny little nickname for the baby I carried). When I first learned I was pregnant, the website said the baby at this early stage was the size of a piece of rice. This inspired…

  • Tuesdays with Jesus

    Tuesdays with Jesus

    As a work-at-home, homeschool Mom, who runs a business with her husband, I’m always in search of peace. ALWAYS! Plus, as an Enneagram 9w8, I’m a bit of a peace junkie. I literally can’t get enough. You’ve heard of “Tuesdays with Morrie”? We have Tuesdays with Jesus. … in Eucharistic Adoration. 🙏🏻 (Not familiar with…

  • Please & Thank You

    Please & Thank You

    The movie Unsung Hero is a true story about a family who lost everything and moved from Australia to the United States in search of opportunity. With six kids and no prospects, the Smallbone family comes together and learns to pray for what they need and give thanks for what they receive. They begin posting…

  • How Beautiful

    How Beautiful

    I felt the tears coming. Oh man. 😝 It took extreme focus to simultaneously savor the beauty I was witnessing and not ugly cry right there. I have attended a lot of First Communions in my lifetime of being a Catholic, but today it all felt different. Today, I found myself standing behind the altar…

  • Becoming a Professional Giver

    Becoming a Professional Giver

    A professional giver. I’m not sure it’s something anyone aspires to when they are a little kid. A professional athlete or musician? Sure. But a professional giver? Is that even a thing? I first heard the term a few years ago from my mentor, Noah, who was challenging Kim and me to take things to the…

  • Horses vs. Hummingbirds

    Horses vs. Hummingbirds

    One of the main reasons I wrote the book Must Be Nice is because I compare myself to other people all the time. Social media exacerbates this, but honestly, I don’t need anybody’s help. I compare myself to other speakers, other artists, and authors. Both dead and alive. I compare myself and my house and my yard…

  • The Most Powerful One Word Prayer

    The Most Powerful One Word Prayer

    We’ve experienced some traumatic events in our life recently. And on the days that are immediately in the midst of it all, I have found comfort and strength praying the same one word prayer over and over, a calming rhythmic prayer, repeating the name of Jesus. Over and over and over and over and over.…