Let Me Be Me

She walked out of the bathroom and my breath caught in my throat. And it wasn’t because she was all dressed up for homecoming and looked like a princess. I could only wish. Once again, my daughter, Lauren, was dressed in all black clothing and had rimmed her beautiful blue eyes with so much black…


Deadly Driving

5 teens from Texas. 6 in Ohio. 4 more from Illinois. Those were just a few of the teen driving deaths that happened in one bloody week earlier this year. The carnage has experts asking lots of questions about adolescents and their driving habits. A Growing Problem The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that “vehicle crashes” remain…


Forming First Ripples: Modeling Virtue in our Homes

“In this culture, which is selling a lot of stuff, I had a father on his knees who was showing me how to be a man of God.” —Dan Vander Woude I vividly recall the weekend in September 2008 when I learned that a father and parishioner in a nearby parish in northern Virginia had…


FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

Dear girls, I have some information that might interest you. Last night, as we sometimes do, our family sat around the dining-room table and looked through the summer’s social media photos. We have teenage sons, and so naturally there are quite a few pictures of you lovely ladies to wade through. Wow – you sure took…