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  • Colleen, this is wonderful! You brought back memories of when my son was small. We once had a 'boisterous' visiting priest, and during his homily, my 3 year old stood up and cried out, "Why is that man yelling at us?" My face was red, to say the least. But, you remind us so well that we don't have to be perfect, we just have to strive to be the best "us" we can be. I can't even imagine doing it with 5 young ones. Kudos to you!

    Posted on Nov 8th, 2010 at 1:17 PM by Mary Breiner

  • Mary, I laughed out loud when I read your comment. That, my friend, is hilarious!

    Posted on Nov 9th, 2010 at 5:13 AM by Colleen Duggan

  • You nailed it, sister. I still feel like I'm being "graded" on how I raise my family, and it comes from my ridiculous expectations--no one else's. I need to print out your blog and hang it on my wall, next to my many lists of things I "have to" get done. Thanks, Colleen!

    Posted on Nov 9th, 2010 at 8:57 AM by Connie Clark

  • What a great article! I am constantly disappointed by my expectations. I've eaten so much humble pie, and I know without a doubt that it will be in my diet for many years to come! We've had fighting children in the living room in the presence of a visiting priest, and a long conversation about knives and gutting animals while at the dinner table with consecrated women, not to mention many embarassing private revelations of our human failings in the most unexpected times and places. Ahhhhh, the joys of parenting! :)

    Posted on Nov 9th, 2010 at 9:28 AM by Angie

  • I love this. I find myself striving for "functional" and stressing at the thought that I can not obtain it. I know It is just an idea and not something that is real but I look at others and think they seem to have it. Then I feel almost happy when I realize they don't. Not happy at their failings (much) but relief that I am possibly not as bad as I thougt. Blessings to you and your family

    Posted on Nov 9th, 2010 at 12:36 PM by Melissa B

  • Once you have a child expect to be embarassed at least once a day for the rest of your life. Also , expect to be honored, helped, and loved, for the rest of your life. God's grace doed provide.

    Posted on Nov 12th, 2010 at 7:12 PM by Sally