Archive for September 2015

What is a saint?…Making new friends in heaven

Maybe you have seen a saint card, or heard someone mention praying to a saint and you are left with a bucket full of questions. Well today’s your lucky day, because below is my search for answers about saints.

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You know your on a road trip with a young child if…

We are on the road with our little one still, along the way we have had several new experiences. Maybe you can relate. So without any further ado, you know your on a road trip  with a young child if you…



1.) Bring twice as many clothes and toys as you need. Just in case. You can fit all your adult-sized close in a moderate size bag, but the little one needs one twice as big.


2.) use snacks as the cure all. Kid is fussy, no toy is making her happy, luckily a snack never fails. Maybe in your car a grape works, but sometimes you pull out the big guns… cookies.

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7 Quick Takes: Pope Francis in the United States


Below are seven quick quotes that are worth a second look or a first look if you missed them during Pope Francis’ visit to Washington DC and New York. It has been beautiful watching him deliver his message with charity and truth.

I encourage you to look through the full transcripts of the speeches.

Pope Francis’ speech at the White House

Junipero Serra Canonization Mass

Pope Francis’ address to Congress

Pope Francis’ homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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The American Catholic

“Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”

– Pope Francis outside the White House

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Roo Trippin: Vol 2

Anna Roo here, we are still on the road so I thought I would update you on the travels we have made so far.

When we last left off I had just shed a tick I found in the Great Smokey Mountains. So we will pick up there.

We stayed in the greatest place in the Smokey Mountains, the Lodge at Buckberry Creek. It was very close to the park and still within Gatlinburg city limits and very Roo friendly. We woke up to the mountains peering in from our balcony and ate breakfast on a dinning terrace with sweeping views of the Smokey Mountains. Mom and Dad loved it and I liked the breakfast sausage.


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If I was to meet with President Obama

It is official, Pope Francis had landed in the United States. Tomorrow he will meet with President Barak Obama and the following day talk to congress. To see his full schedule check here.


In light of this occasion Stuart and I have been talking about what we would say to the President if we had his captive audience. I am partly glad that Pope Francis and not me has the opportunity to have the president’s undivided attention. Our country needs his wisdom, heart, and love for the lord. I am praying the conversation is fruitful and authentic.  Just in case Pope Francis or the President reads this I thought I would write out our questions and comments here.

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Roo Trippin: Vol 1

The Anna Roo is on a road trip over the next couple of weeks and wanted to share with you about it here.

This week has been full in every way. We started out by preparing for our trip, there was luggage everywhere. Mom made exhaustive lists of what all we needed to pack and in what bags, but she was still freaking out a little about doing it wrong. This will be their first out of state road trip with a kiddo like me. And it will last 2.5 weeks.


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10 pieces of advice for engaged couples

When Stuart and I were engaged we were giddy excited, as most preparing couples are. You have an excitement and an anticipation for something so good. We were gifted with a lot of wonderful advice and encouragement during that time. We were pumped to prepare for life together. Honestly, we are still learning so much and “preparing for our marriage” even now. As we process what advice has made the greatest impact we thought we would share it with you.

Below is a list of the top 10 pieces of advice that we try to make a daily part of our marriage.

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What my newborn taught me about God’s love…

Newborn babies don’t do anything. Well except for poop, eat, sleep, stare and cry. They can’t move their body or even lift their head. They don’t go to work, school, volunteer, or the bathroom. They need help with every human function from eating, to dressing, to bathing, and they snooze much of the day away.


But nevertheless, I can not quite describe the feelings of love that I felt the first time I held my sweet Anna in all her unproductive glory. There were a lot of crazy things going on in that first moment (another story for another day), but there was nothing like the delight and peace that I felt. It was wonder, amazement, adoration. Like a glimpse of heaven, she was definitely shining God’s crazy glory. It experienced a love so fierce, so unlike any other.

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Blogging in the Face of Fear

If something is worth doing,

it is even worth doing badly.

– G.K. Chesterton

Why I am Starting a Blog

There are many reasons I have decided to start writing a blog, but there are even more reasons why it took me so long to make the plunge and do it. 

Why I Haven’t Started One Yet

In 2007, I heard an interview with Jon Forman, of Switchfoot, where he encouraged others to get their ideas out there and to use the crazy awesome tools of our time to share your thoughts (I am paraphrasing, I am not sure if Jon says “crazy awesome”). He talked about using his music to search out answers to things he doesn’t know. I was inspired, I was going to start a blog and write to shake out my thoughts. But then I second guessed myself. Why can’t I just do this in a private way? I don’t want to work out my questions publicly. Is there value in having to produce my thoughts in a readable and sharable way?

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