Update on Bury the dead: Y’all done brought it!

Update on Bury the dead: Y’all done brought it!

Earlier today, I asked for your help, and y’all done BROUGHT it. I mean, for reals and for trues. I stand in awe of our awesome God and the amazing things we can accomplish as believers when we stand united in prayer and purpose. PRAISE HIS NAME!!

Here is an update on the situation, from Mary herself:


You all are amazing! Just amazing. I have absolutely no words left. I am typing through tears. I had to pick Jerry up from the floor. You fabulously wonderful people have given $4,200 plus dollars in the last several hours. I walked away from the computer to go to the grocery store and post office and I come home to yet another Christmas miracle for the Lenaburg Family. We have more than enough to get back to Oklahoma for Jerry’s Dad’s funeral early next week and to pay for extended parking and other traveling expenses. There is more than enough to cover Jerry’s leave without pay as well. Whatever is left, we will apply to the debt that remains from Courtney’s time here on earth. I should have known that when Courtney is involved, she doesn’t mess around. My daughter is an incredible intercessor. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your love and most generous support. We are humbled beyond belief … God is GOOD, ALL THE TIME.


So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! While these dollars and cents don’t erase the pain, they sure do ease some of the burden for this faithful family. I am so humbled and grateful for your response.

And, just for fun, here’s what I texted Mary when I heard that y’all helped them FAR surpass their goal:

Thank YOU Jesus!! Thank YOU!!! You are worthy! You are powerful! You are mighty! We thank You!! We praise You! We adore You! You are worthy! Of ALL the honor, glory, and praise!!

That’s how I felt, and that’s how I feel, and that’s the truth, and I’m stickin’ to it.

God bless y’all. REALLY.


P.S. Anyone who has struggled with grief knows that it is an ongoing process of the heart, mind, and body. Ongoing prayers for the entire Lenaburg Clan are, of course, encouraged and appreciated. Amen and amen. <3

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Bury the dead: an opportunity to help

Bury the dead: an opportunity to help

mary-lenaburg-father-in-law-don-lenaburg-family-1024x1024I can only imagine what it’s like to grieve the death of a close family member during the holidays. But two family members? That just seems like cruel and unusual punishment. And yet that’s exactly what’s happening to my friends Mary and Jerry Lenaburg right now.

As if burying their beloved daughter Courtney two years ago wasn’t enough, the Lenaburgs recently returned home from visiting Jerry’s parents in Oklahoma only to hear that Jerry’s father passed away suddenly last night.

One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to bury the dead, and that’s exactly what Mary and Jerry would like to do. Unfortunately, with their most recent trip to Oklahoma, they’re tapped and don’t have the funds to return for the funeral.

This is where you come in, friends. Can you help? I know it’s a crazy time of year to be asking. But I also think it’s crazy to think that my friends might not be able to go to their father’s funeral because of money. I firmly believe that we serve a mighty God Who is capable of far more than we can possibly imagine. But we have to cooperate with His generosity to make this whole thing happen.

Will you join me in helping the Lenaburg Family?

For more information about these crazy circumstances, please read Mary’s post. There’s a link at the end of the post to donate toward  the considerable travel expenses from Viriginia to Oklahoma, but if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, here’s the link to donate for your convenience.

Thank you so much for generously donating as you’re able, but I know the Lenaburgs are especially grateful for your prayers. As I grieve with my friends, I also have great anticipation of what Our LORD will do amidst these challenging circumstances. May He be praised now and forevermore.

God bless y’all,


Photo (c) Mary Lenaburg. Used with permission.

Top 10 RCM posts of 2016!

Top 10 RCM posts of 2016!


It likely comes as a surprise to just about no one that math and I have never been, nor ever will be, BFFs. Once upon a time, I vowed not to do math in public, and, in turn, math promised to leave me to peacefully play with my letters and make babbling sounds. But. There is something about statistics that intrigue me. And I am equal parts attracted to and scared of lists generated by stats. I get swept up in the magnetic “10 Best Ways to _____” and “Top 3 skills that can _____” lists with the best of ’em. I suppose online marketers love that about me.

Anyway, this here post isn’t exactly a “how to” or a “make it all shiny” list, but it is a list. And math was used to determine the order of the list. I hope y’all find some of it fun, enlightening, or inspirational. Or uplifting. Or useful. Or insert one of your top 5 favorite adjectives here.

Without further ado, here it is – POSTAPALOOZA 2016: The Top 10 RCM posts of the past year according to you, my dear readers. Let me know in the comments if I missed one of your faves from ’16, and if we get a good enough group of posts going, I’ll corral those into a list as well! Squeee!

10. I’m running away, y’allSeptember 16

9. Fear not! Advent help is here! (+ giveaway)November 22

8. Pleasing God vs. pleasing people – October 3

7. No, YOU’RE sad that the Jubilee Year of Mercy is endingNovember 20

6. When people throw shade on your Jesus shineOctober 10

5. It’s Halloween. Again. [insert eyeroll emoji here]October 31

4. Dear Lonely Mom: you are not aloneJuly 18

3. Why I can’t quit August 5

2. Retreat with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLTAugust 24

1. I wasn’t able to forgive my husband – until I gave myself a giftDecember 20

Interested in reading other “best of” posts? Head over to the link-up hosted by Lis at Catholic Mommy Blogs!

God bless y’all,




I wasn’t able to forgive my husband – until I gave myself a gift

I wasn’t able to forgive my husband – until I gave myself a gift

woman-sitting-next-to-stone-wallEndless salty tears rolled down my cheeks as I replayed the evening’s events over and over in my mind as if on a loop. After providing just enough detail for me to feel as though I’d been hit by a freight train, my husband apologized for his behavior and asked for my forgiveness. And I couldn’t—wouldn’t—forgive him. No one in their right mind would expect me to forgive what my husband has done, I reasoned. No one.

Read the full article here.

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This post is about Dr. Peter Kreeft. Sort of.

This post is about Dr. Peter Kreeft. Sort of.

Last weekend, I had the blessed opportunity to (very nearly, due to overcrowding) sit at the feet of one of today’s most renowned Catholic philosophers. Admittedly, I’ve never read any of Dr. Peter Kreeft‘s numerous books. That will hopefully change if my ever-lengthening Christmas list is honored. But after last Saturday’s event, I am duly convinced that Dr. Kreeft is on to something quite profound regarding the (modern) spiritual life.

I sat there, scribbling furiously in my attempt to keep up with each nugget of wisdom. There were many. I kept running out of room and had to flip back in my notebook to blank pages more than once. I soon wondered why I didn’t write at the beginning of the notebook in the first place.

Crappy note-taking skills aside, I believe I was able to understand the overall gist of what Dr. Kreeft was saying, despite being neither a theologian nor a scholar.

This post is not going to be very satisfactory for those looking for me to spill everything I can about the lecture, and for that, I do apologize. Especially to Wendy, Amy, and Carol. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that in a coherent way. I did, however, attempt to preserve some of the highlights over on my Twitter feed, using the hashtag #DrKreeftSaid.

I truly do hope to be able to come up with a post that will both express my takeaways from the experience as well as do Dr. Kreeft’s brilliant mind justice. I’m just not there yet.

Meanwhile, I expect some of what I learned will seep into my next speaking gig, which is tomorrow, December 10th from 9-11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton. So, for those of you who are local, I’d love to see you! If you can’t make it, no worries – please say a prayer, though. I would really appreciate it!


God bless y’all,