• I love being a grandmother...

    by Beth Powning

    Of course, as your stories show, a grandparent’s bond with a grandchild is one that needs no holiday or fanfare, but can be celebrated every day of the year.On the day that our daughter-in-law, Sara, was in labor with our first grandchild, I made… read more

  • Elephants, ice cream, and souvenirs

    by Susan Konig

    It is definitely easier to stay home and watch television than to take three kids to the circus. To venture out on an entertainment adventure involves logistics, money, energy, faith, and patience.But recently, when the circus came to town, I realized … read more

  • What my dad taught me

    by Jennine Profeta

    Father’s Day reminds me of the many reasons I have to thank dear old Dad. Aside from the DNA, I inherited other impressive traits from him. Some, such as the ability to throw a baseball or check the oil in my car, I picked up because Dad had no… read more

  • Rock star in the family

    by Susan Konig

    We have four kids, so it was bound to happen. Our son is starting a rock band. He came to me and asked me to get him guitar lessons. He doesn’t know how to play the guitar, but he and a couple of friends are starting their own group. The stars … read more

  • Don't wait, celebrate!

    by Jeanette C. Lauer and Robert H. Lauer

    Time really does fly. We were looking forward to a significant anniversary — our 50th — in just a little more than a year. Like most couples, we’d always celebrated our anniversary — sometimes routinely, other times with more … read more

  • Our famliy is late!

    by Susan Konig

    We are never on time. If you have ever invited us anywhere, you know that is true. If you don't know us, take my word for it.We can't help it. Even for church. We can plan and tell our three older kids to be ready for a certain Mass at a certain time… read more

  • My sister's adventurous life

    by Susan Konig

    My sister and I grew up side by side in an apartment in New York City. Though we both still live in the area, her life has become vastly more adventurous.She married a paleontologist and, when they take vacation, they tend to travel a bit farther than … read more

  • Help! My teen daughter is a witch

    by Catherine Sanders

    Irene and her teenage daughters, Margaret and Madeleine, are devoted members of their parish. Both girls are active in Girl Scouts, where they became drawn to Jess, a member who spoke openly of having left the Church for the practice of pagan witchcraft or… read more

  • Praying with our kids

    by Julie McCarty

    Autumn is a good time to inventory the prayer life of our children. Do we pray with our kids? How often? Why or why not? Prayer is more than an extracurricular activity. Just as nutritious food, sleep, and fresh air are essential for our children’s physical development… read more