• Grandpa and Sinbad the Sailor

    by Susan Konig

    My kids had plenty of reasons to love their grandpa. For starters, he was always sending gifts and “monies” for school supplies and field trips. These were no small contributions to him being dubbed a “fun PopPop,” and my kids… read more

  • My mother the worrier

    by Julie Rattey

    "Call me when you get home!”“Put a turtleneck under that. Do you want to get sick?”“Don’t make eye contact with strangers!”For as long as I can remember, my mother has been a worrier. It didn’t matter whether … read more

  • A letter to a young bride and groom

    by Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck

    In 1993, when my husband and I got engaged, Bill was 23 and I was 24. At the time, I squinted in confusion whenever the priest, in our pre-marriage conversations, would call us “kids.” I had been a voting adult for fully six years, I thought… read more

  • My first love letter

    by Kathryn Oates

    Hugging each other tightly, I pressed my cheek against the soft leather of his jacket, breathing in the faint scent of sandalwood cologne. This was supposed to be our goodbye to each other, the end of the most wonderful weekend of our lives. But as we stood… read more

  • Marriage at the dinner table

    by Marialisa Calta

    I would like to be able to say that the “stunned” feeling that came upon my husband on the day he first thought of marriage was caused by me — by my exceptional beauty, loving ways, scintillating wit, and rare intelligence. It was caused, … read more

  • Shepherds, kings, gold-foil stars...and llamas

    by Peggy Weber

    Every child’s eyes focused on the altar, watching the annual Christmas pageant in rapt attention. Mary and Joseph entered, carrying Baby Jesus. The chorus of fourth and fifth grade girls sang, “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” This poignant… read more

  • A gift from Luke

    by Susan Konig

    Around the time I was having my third child, my cousin Kim was having her second. But there were complications with her son, Luke. He was born with Down syndrome and other developmental problems, and almost died at birth of pulmonary issues. Soon after, Kim… read more

  • How to say “I do” every day

    by Tammy Darling

    “A successful marriage,” Mignon McLaughlin once said, “requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” If you’ve ever gone a month without spending any real quality time with your spouse, you know how negatively it can affect your … read more

  • My children are no longer Catholic

    by Kerry Weber

    When my son Jimmy decided to go to college in Oklahoma, the first thing we did was find him an apartment. The second thing we did was find a local Catholic church. I wanted to make sure he was going to Mass somewhere. We met the pastor, and Jimmy started… read more

  • Two moms walk into a Chinese restaurant

    by Susan Konig

    My friend Julia and I love to meet for dinner once a month without husbands or kids. We usually go to the same Chinese restaurant and order the same dishes. It’s really not about the dining experience; it’s about talking and laughing and … read more