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Marriage is a journey, not a destination...

Special Needs Mommin...Is Hard

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“Special needs?”  What does that even mean?  According the very credible source of Wikipedia (😊) the term, “special needs” describes individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological.  Five years ago, my journey as a “special needs” mama began. 

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From Marriage Preparation to Postpartum Bewilderment: A New Book

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My years as a Catholicmarriageprep.com instructor and blogger immersed me in the world of Theology of the Body and the beauty of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Beginning the course with Creation and the Fall of Man, I knew that God created us good, and that without sin, nakedness wasn’t shameful because the body revealed the soul. Adam and Eve saw each other as God saw them, and therefore were able to make a gift of themselves to one another in love.

Then came sin, and as is taught in marriage prep: “They severed themselves from God’s gaze of love and couldn’t see God’s image in each other, as before. Their bodies were not transparent windows to their souls, but more of an obstacle hiding the soul…”

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Mom on the workforce

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Recently, I’ve come across a surge of debates that address the issue of a Catholic mother staying at home vs. working outside of the home, taking on the form of either digital article or social media. The abridged version of proponents of each side tends to go as follows:

“The Catholic mother should never, under any circumstance, work outside of the home. Their children are too important.”
“You don’t understand our specific circumstance.”
“I don’t care what your specific circumstance is. Here is a quote by a prominent Catholic author supporting me.”
“Well here’s a quote by a prominent Catholic author that supports me.”

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One Beautiful Life!

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I was at a surprise birthday party last week for a friend. Children were welcome so we brought 4 of our 6 kids. A woman there saw me smiling and she commented, "How can you still be smiling when you have so many kids?!" Without even thinking, I replied, "Its because I have so many kids that I'm smiling!"

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Patron Saint of Failures (and Mothers)

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I was in 8th grade when I received the Sacrament of Confirmation. During the preparation process you are supposed to choose a patron saint, and I was having trouble picking one. I grew up reading about the saints but no particular one was really sticking out to me. If it were now, I probably would have picked St. Paul or St. Philip Neri, or maybe even Zelie Martin. But at the time, I chose St. Bridget of Sweden.

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When It’s Hard To Choose Life

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A friend from high school just celebrated her son’s 6th birthday. I remember getting a call from her when my oldest son was only a couple of months old. I was walking into work when she told me that she was pregnant. Her and her boyfriend were not planning on having a baby, yet here they were. Now this week, in honor of her son’s birthday, she posted this:

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Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

The world now knows that my husband and I are expecting our 4th little blessing in December! From the moment we told our children we were having another baby, our oldest announced, “I’m going to name the baby “Baby Sweetheart.” And he faithfully prays for Baby Sweetheart each night and our family prayer time.

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Latest Blog Posts

In our mission statement at CatholicMarriagePrep.com we say: “Agape Catholic Marriage Preparation invites couples to a deeper relationship with each other and with Christ, one couple at a time.  Online, on-demand instruction rooted in Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, combined with personalized mentoring from a trained married couple, builds a foundation for a strong, healthy, Christ-centered marriage between a man and a woman.”  Who does that best serve?   From the very inception of CatholicMarriagePrep.com serving military couples has always been on our hearts, even offering a military discount.

Tara Brooke
28 June 2022

Wow!!!  Yes, that is the correct word to begin this blog post!  I think I am still in shock!  On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus our country just experienced the overturning of an almost 50-year-old law regarding abortion.  Roe vs. Wade was overturned!  

One You May Have Missed

Tara Brooke
08 November 2021
Global
Family Life
Society
Parenting
It was 8:15pm on a Thursday evening, my daughter Lucy and I were preparing and packing to leave at 5:30am the next morning for a music festival out of town.  Lucy had auditioned and was selected to play her oboe for a statewide honor band.  As we were packing, she came upstairs and said, “Mom, we have a problem…I forgot my oboe at school!”  Well my friends, what were we gonna do?  She couldn’t show up to the festival without her oboe!  I made some calls and got in touch with her director and fifteen minutes later we met her band director at the school and retrieved her oboe!  Crises averted!!  However, she beat herself up over and over.  “I am so embarrassed!”  “I can’t believe I did that!”  I kept saying things like, “It happens to us all!”  “None of us are perfect!”  However, nothing I said changed how she was feeling…she was so upset with herself!

 

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