Grow The Roses

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Parenting closely spaced babies

Beauty and Chaos of Four

For those of you who missed it, last year I became mother to four children under the age of four.  Now, nearly 8 months on, I'm reflecting on the blur that the past 8 months or so has been! Four... Continue Reading →


A Letter to Silence and Solitude

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our... Continue Reading →

Four under Four

I have been quiet on the writing front in recent times. Mostly due to the fact that three months ago we welcomed our fourth child and second son into our family. While many find us absolutely crazy for having four... Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Open to Motherhood

A fellow writer recently asked somebody to write something positive about motherhood. She said “Some of us not-yet-moms are scared of motherhood because all we hear is that you're miserable and debilitated for nine months, then have a day of... Continue Reading →

You were not made for comfort

(Originally posted at Ignitum Today) Theres been a quote of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's that I've seen circulating in social media in recent weeks: "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort; you were made for... Continue Reading →

What’s a parent to do?

Small children and Mass create a complicated scenario. On the one hand as a parent you want to (nay, need to) pass on the faith. As Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen said “When a child is given to his parents,... Continue Reading →

Keeping Love in Lent

I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help... Continue Reading →

Managing Closely Spaced Babies: Toddler Years

My Irish Twins were three and two in December. My other closely spaced baby (not so much "Irish Twin") is 10 months old. How time has marched on. Reading my past blogs on parenting closely spaced babies reminds me of how... Continue Reading →

In Her Footsteps

I'm blessed to live in my Grandparents house. A five bedroom house with a large garden and fruit trees. Fifty years ago my grandmother was in the same position I'm now. Three children. Same sex, same spacing. My mother did... Continue Reading →

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