Roo Tripping Vol 4: Colorado Edition

Anna Roo here, for another installment of my rootripping adventures, this time almost a year wiser and sitting forward in my car seat.


You may remember when I headed out on my first road trip, visited the smokey mountains, and was welcomed by family and friends on our tour of the south last year. This rootrippin adventure took us to colorful Colorado, for more family time and mountains. Read More →

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A Church made for toddlers: Understanding the sanctuary and celebration

Going to mass with my daughter is quiet the trip. But as she grows further into toddlerdome, we have found many opportunities to share the celebration with her, using tactile and visual cues to begin the discussion. We mention her place in the family of God as we dip our hands in the baptismal font, and when she gets fussy we use the stations of the cross to tell her the story of Good Friday. And as she has found ways to engage, it makes me wonder, was church made for a toddler’s developmental state? Read More →

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St Gianna Molla: Making New Friends in Heaven

 This post is part of a series on the life of saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. 

Today’s new friend is St. Gianna Molla. A 20th century saint known for her life as a wife, mother of four, and doctor. Read More →

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I can do anything, but I can’t do everything.

I am one of those people who tries to carry all the grocery bags in one trip, who wants to ride every ride at the theme park, and who can’t sit still and relax when on vacation.

I thought everyone was this way, until I met my husband. He likes to do a few things thoroughly, rather than a million things half way. If you are more like my husband, then this post is not for you, maybe he can guest post about something on the opposite end of the spectrum. But if you have caught your self tipping over from the weight of a gallon of milk, then read on.
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Comfort in the ancient: The time the rosary clicked

I had been a mom for just over a year, and as wonderful and beautiful as the year had been I still felt like I hadn’t found my mom sea legs. I was still catching my bearings and finding balance in this new season of life.

Anna and I were making the 40 minute drive home after a stressful week of work. A 70-hour week that culminated in having to ask a friend to babysit my daughter at work on a Saturday.  I was utterly exhausted.

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Bloggers and Wildflowers

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” -St. Thérèse de Lisieux

In Texas, God paints the hills with wildflowers during the Spring. A sea of blue, orange, red, yellow, and purple. As I drive alongside the road, the colors mix together, like a big bowl of Neapolitan ice cream, or as my husband calls it triple threat ice cream. It is truly a time to bask in the glory of this creation.  Read More →

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Jesus Got Up: Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope you are having an Easter filled with family, joy, and Jesus. We have been gifted with truly beautiful time around these parts.

Our wiggly two-year old was able to attend Holy Thursday and Easter mass, and I am always amazed by how much of these celebrations she is able to absorb. After Holy Thursday, every time she heard the word Jesus she would bend to touch our feet and say in the perfect toddler voice, “wash.” On Good Friday we talked about how Jesus died because he loves us so much. Drawing on past experiences of death like The Lion King and a great-grandfather passing.

Then came Easter, how was I going to explain the Resurrection to my daughter? I didn’t know if I could totally explain it to myself. We started to use the language “rise from he dead”, but it didn’t seem to ring any bells. Then all of the sudden out of the mouth of babes, Anna said “up”. She found a word in our explanation that made sense.

We would ask her what happened to Jesus and she would gesture with her hand and say joyfully with her mouth “up!” How simple, how perfect, how truly wise.

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It is okay if you are scared to have a baby

I love me some Lane Kim-Van Gerbig. She is zany, passionate, and true through and through. Lane and Zach’s wedding and the twin’s baby shower are two of my favorite Gilmore Girls episodes. As I was writing this post about the fear of becoming a parent, I couldn’t help think about Lane’s conversation with Rory the day she found out she was pregnant.

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Examination of Conscious… What role am I playing in Holy Week?

In our church home on Palm Sunday we always hear the passion gospel as a dramatic reading. This (long and) interactive gospel helps to begin Holy Week with the reality of Christ crucified. In this script format, the congregation typically plays the part of the crowds.

I have to admit though, I cringe each year as the crowd is asked to shout, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” I hate being a part of the crowd in that moment, realizing it is my stubborn heart that chooses sin over Christ. I reminds me that each day I am choosing to play a part in the passion history. Read More →

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Free 2016 Liturgical Calendar

Ya’ll it has been crazy-town around here lately. I have a backlog of 20 half-finished blog posts that I am sure I will finish as things settle down at work and home. As our schedules have been full, I am thankful for the few small things our family has implemented this year to improve our organization.

A few months a go I blogged about command center ideas and family calendars. I could not find a calendar that fit all of our family’s needs, so we created our own using PicMonkey. We tried it out for a few months and it was a hit.

As I was creating the calendars for the rest of the year, I thought I would share them here in seven quick takes fashion. Here is what I love about them.

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