Mad for…Chris

It was the way you laughed…I knew I wanted that in my life. –R.M. Drake For me, laughing is and I imagine will always be, the best form of therapy. On day 16 of my quest to feature 365 amazing people in… Read More

Mad for…Tina

The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them. -St. Louis de… Read More

Mad for…Laine

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” Nicole Lyons Imaginative, musical, and engaging are three words that come to mind quickly when I think of this young lady. Meet Laine Schwegman! She’s a high school… Read More

Mad for…Jake

Good-natured, charismatic, and amiable are three words that come to mind when trying to describe Jake Labus.  He’s a 19-year old college freshman with friendly smile and a winning disposition. What makes Jake incredibly special is that he is so darn gracious. … Read More

Mad for…Tom

Happy New Year! Holy cow, it’s 2019.   I have this idea, and we’ll see how things develop, but it seems to me the world needs just a lot more love.  So, for this coming year I’d like to try and be… Read More

Kooky Aunt Helen

In loving memory of my peculiar, imprudent, silly and utterly amazing great aunt Helen Lammers… Allow me to introduce you to my Aunt Helen. To merely describe her as a colorful figure in my childhood would do her a tragic disservice. Aunt… Read More

Too Much to Lose

Author’s note: I was asked by a friend who is a recent convert to the faith to share my take on the Catholic Church in all her messiness. I’m just one Jesus girl who loves the Lord and who cannot imagine life… Read More


When we let the little cracks in our heart show, that’s where the light seeps out.  That’s what I’m telling myself as I write. Four years ago, I lost a friend.  Gosh, the whole of my community lost her.  She was shiny… Read More

It’s the HOUSE in Housewife That Always Gets Me…

Scheduling the plumber, schlepping my college kid’s 14 year-old clunker to the repair shop, endless laundry, friends in crisis, carpool runs to and from summer camps, Dr. Mom duties for the sick and injured, short order cook, bum knee throbbing, bill paying—that’s… Read More

The Knee Brace

Meandering across the church parking lot waiting for kids to come out of school, I ran into another carpool mom, a woman with whom I am familiar, but we are not close friends. Oh gosh! What happened to your knee? Are you… Read More