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  • Oh my, Colleen! You said so much, and touched me so deeply! This is a lesson we all could learn, and your Patrick already has it down at 7! How I wish I could do more lifting up of my condition, and less griping, even if it is just to myself and God. "Just for today" I will do this, and try to say "Just for today" each day as well. I'll falter and fail some, but I'll keep trying, and keep coming back to this post, as it says so much to me. God bless you!

    Posted on Jul 18th, 2011 at 3:16 PM by Mary Breiner

  • It is not Paris Island -- it is spelled PARRIS ISLAND (two R's) The Colonel.

    Posted on Jul 19th, 2011 at 7:59 PM by Dennis Murphy

  • The spelling has been corrected! Thanks.

    Posted on Jul 20th, 2011 at 2:14 PM by unknown

  • Patrick's story especially moved me....he gets it! Your last sentence holds true for me.

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2011 at 6:30 AM by Vicki Marcellus Smith

  • Your 7 yr. old speaks volumes. He GETS it! My new motto for every day is this: "Don't fight my crosses. Love them." Thank you for sharing such insight.

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2011 at 2:18 PM by Kathy R.

  • "Out of the mouths of babes!" Praise be to God for the marvelous ways He teaches us all! Thanks for sharing, Colleen.

    Posted on Jul 22nd, 2011 at 7:47 PM by Cindy Chauvin

  • Thanks for sharing your profound insight as well as little Patrick! What an incredible witness and inspiration y'all are to us! May God continue to bless each of you in your beautiful family! Our love and prayers always! The Richeys 

    Posted on Jul 22nd, 2011 at 8:13 PM by Jessie Richey

  • Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this. We could all do a better job of offering our struggles to the Lord. God Bless You!

    Posted on Jul 22nd, 2011 at 8:48 PM by Dave

  • God will give you another child if it his will. And, if that happens, you will know that he will provide for you and enable you to cope with six. God bless you Colleen. We could not have children so we adopted two. In Christ, Charles

    Posted on Jul 23rd, 2011 at 4:26 PM by Charles Vaughn

  • Easier said than done. Our children speak volumes to us sometimes and they don't know it.

    Posted on Jul 24th, 2011 at 7:28 PM by Melisa Buttry

  • I can relate! Sometimes I feel like the struggling toddler resisting every invitation from our Lord. Thankfully, He's more patient than I

    Posted on Jul 27th, 2011 at 11:48 AM by Angie Torregrossa

  • Colleen, this is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent of writing with the world. You are a great example coming out of Notre Dame of what it means to be a Christian mom!

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2011 at 11:13 AM by Susie Walsh

  • I laughed all the way through your article, and then I cried. I think I will make a bumper sticker that reads, ""It's when I fight my cross, I have the hardest time." Wouldn't that give food for thought to drivers everywhere? Thank you Patrick....better yet, you have the bumper stickers made and I'll buy one. Entrepreneurial spirit!

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2011 at 12:15 PM by Julia Thomas

  • This brings back so many memories, and so much angst at misbehaving children! Now I know better and while I sympathize with all parents who pace out Mass, I would give a lot to go back to those days, worry less and rejoice more. With grandchildren, I can do that a bit -- but it's good for people to read something like this to help parents through those tough, frustrating moments, and smile a bit.

    Posted on Jul 29th, 2011 at 8:33 AM by Grannie Val

  • Since you are surrounded by kids it makes sense that Our Lord would use them to talk to you. I have an 86 year old mother in law who needs a lot of care. Just a warning, you get it on both ends. Thanks for sending peace to me.

    Posted on Jul 29th, 2011 at 2:36 PM by LisaG

  • Thank you! I was thinking of embracing my cross today. I have a tough one, that God gives me grace to carry daily. And your son is right embracing your cross makes it so much lighter, as u gain the wisdom of how to carry it up the tough hill of life rather than drag it as it pulls u back downhill.

    Posted on Feb 5th, 2012 at 2:55 PM by Maggie