Basilique Sainte-Thérèse: 2nd Largest Pilgrimage Site


On the first real day in France, arriving at St. Therese was nothing less than astonishing. I could not believe such a grand incredible building existed in the world and dedicated to a person! Although I am Christian, I am not Catholic, so I was very lucky to be immersed with such knowledgeable guides that helped me understand who St. Therese was and her impact on religion. What makes Sainte-Therese a Saint?   I asked that … [Read more...]

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. How can you help?

Childhood cancer

Earlier this morning, a new acquaintance I made posted this on her Facebook wall... Her son's 8, my daughter's 8. While my daughter's making plans to join the soccer team and Girl Scouts, her son's preparing for his next round of chemotherapy. It makes you stop and really think about life. I have so much to be thankful for. My kids are healthy and that's such a big thing when you're looking at things from a different … [Read more...]

Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

Roasted Tomato Soup

This morning my daughter woke up complaining that her throat hurt. In our home, it's understood that a sore throat generally calls for some homemade peppered chicken soup or my Mom's clear tomato soup. With a club tryout later this afternoon at school, she asked if I could take some soup for her lunch at school. Realizing I didn't have any chicken in the freezer, I decided to make her a flask filled with tomato soup. Now my Mom's soup isn't … [Read more...]

Encouraging a child to make a difference

You are never too young to make a difference

I love that my children love to dream. The hows and whys are never thought about. They just dream of achieving something and hold onto that hope. While all that is wished for cannot be practically put into motion, there are those little seed dreams we can water. I strongly believe that a child is never to young to make a difference in the world and it's our responsibility, as parents, to encourage that drive when we see it slowly … [Read more...]

Dairy farm village Graindorge


Bonjour! If you missed what all this is about and my travel day, head back to An American traveling in France to get caught up. First real day in France and I woke up ready to go! I should have honestly slept longer, but at that time I was yet to be tired.  After a large and amazingly good cup of coffee (via the Hotel!) we headed off to a cheese factory. As you already know, cheese and french bread is a huge staple in the country so it was … [Read more...]

An American in France: Traveling Day


About a month ago Marina approached me regarding a trip she was offered for her blog centered around Spiritual France. Unfortunately she could not take the press trip and wanted to know if I would go in her spot and come back and share some of the beautiful sites on the other side of the world. To be perfectly honest, while it had been 21 years since I had been across the pond so to speak, I was hesitant. Not only was it a long flight, but I work … [Read more...]

HarperCollins Book Guide for Kids (2014 Fall Publications)

By Jane O'Connor

We’ve been blessed to partner with HarperCollins to share with you a few of 2014's publications as they hit the book shelves around the Nation. As you know, our kids love books and I find so much joy in seeing my 4 year old spend evenings poring over large picture books even though he hasn't learnt to read just as yet.  Books are gifts we, as parents, never say no to. We are picky about the books our kids read though and yes, we do sieve … [Read more...]