If NFP works, why does she have ten kids?

July 28, 2016 Hello, elephant in the room! I see you, and I’m ready to talk about you. The NFP community is full of large families like mine. What the heck? How can we say that NFP is effective, and then show up with ten kids in tow? If a told you I had a really great system for Read More…

Fertility monitor raffle #4: Pokésorrynotsorry

July 28, 2016 Today, I would like credit for not making a single Pokémon Go/NFP joke about catching the elusive peak-achu until well after Pokémon has exited the news cycle. Please! I am not from Havana! Although I would be interested in knowing how much overlap there is between the “Pokémon monsters are patterned after real live demons, Read More…

Before and After: A Fairytale

July 27, 2016 When we look at our own lives, we tend to believe that everything in the past is part of our old, discarded “before” lives, and whatever it is we label “after” is by definition more mature, more nuanced, more refined. Well, sometimes we’ve just been spiritually sitting on the couch eating pizza and Fudge Rounds, Read More…

“Sex is thrilling after 18 years”: My interview with America Magazine

July 27, 2016 An interview I did with Sean Salai, S.J. is in America magazine today. Here’s an excerpt: Some critics accuse the Catholic Church of being “anti-woman” for opposing abortion and artificial birth control. As a woman, how do you respond to them? I think the secular culture is responding for me. For instance, Cosmopolitan magazine, of all publications, Read More…

NFP Week with a Chain Saw: Fertility Monitor Giveaway #3

July 27, 2016 Today’s image is brought to you by a long streak of ninety-degree weather, which renders me incapable of putting together a simple graphic. But what’s the first rule of blogging? YOU GOTTA HAVE A PICTURE. If there’s not a picture, people won’t read it; and if the picture is the same as yesterday’s picture, people Read More…

Win Clearblue Fertility Monitor #2 and check out A Simple House

July 26, 2016 You’re here for the free monitor, I know! But if you’re using NFP, you’re already used to delayed gratification, har har. So first, here are a few notes about other NFP Awareness Week activities around the web: Yesterday, Couple to Couple League launched a weeklong appreciation of Humanae Vitae, which came out 48 years ago on Read More…

NFP Awareness Week: Win Clearblue Fertility Monitor #1!

July 25, 2016 What’s the best way to mark NFP Awareness Week? How about becoming aware that you’ve won a brand new fertility monitor, to make NFP both easier and more like Star Trek? Thanks to some wonderfully generous donors, I’m able to give away six Clearblue Fertility Monitors this week — one per day on Monday through Thursday, and two Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 44: AmeriCaCado 2016!

July 22, 2016 Sometimes you look at what the future holds, and you think, “What can I make without using my brain at all?” Here is what we had for supper this week: SATURDAY BLTs, root beer floats Birthday! Kiddo requested this meal; she’ll have a party later. Meanwhile, we increased our stilt ownership by 100%. Never thought Read More…

Once more, with feeling: Prayer doesn’t replace action

July 21, 2016 It keeps coming up, so I’m going to keep answering. In my recent post #DontPray is trending. Do they have a point?, I said that it’s shameful to merely pray in the face of horrible crimes, rather than asking ourselves what we can do — whether it’s working directly on the actual problem, or working to Read More…

Totus Tuus Camp: Gotta catch ’em all!

July 20, 2016 The younger kids came home from the first day of Totus Tuus camp wearing strings on their wrists. I asked why, somewhat nervously — hoping that no one had pressured them into making some kind of pledge or consecration that they’re not ready for. My seven-year-old cheerfully explained, “Oh, we have to wear this all Read More…
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