Tag Archives: children

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14 May

  Lately, I have been questioning myself every day during this terrible pandemic above many other things. And I would guess many of us are doing the same thinking during this time of quarantine. One of my strangest experiences of faith is quite different than most, which is feeling protected and safe during this quarantine. That I believe this must be coming from something else that is bigger than me because I am not experiencing the same kind of fear…..

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08 Mar

  In the story of One of Seventeen, the main character Caitlin had a short romantic weekend that led to her marriage to James. Although they consummated their love and commitment before their wedding ceremony the day in the small chapel in Maryland, the book implies that they were wedded first. Because one publisher required that no pregnancy precede the wedding, the original story was tweaked. But on page 39, 3rd paragraph, it unveils the secret and the truth, and this was not an error in wording, but a hint that Caitlin and James were intimate before their…..

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One of Seventeen
21 Jan

I’m often asked why I wrote the fictitious story of One of Seventeen as an adopted blended family instead of the happy and secure family of seventeen children that I really grew up in the 1950s. I answered that I wanted to acknowledge the unfortunate tragedies that we as parents and children face alone because of the collapse of the family today. And the only way to do this was through blending today’s challenges and addictions around some hope and…..

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07 Dec

 Photo Credit: A piece of my father, Carmen DeNofa’s beautiful artwork, Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me, that once hung on the walls of Saint Martin of Tours Church.   With 23 years between my two children, I entered a different world in 1995 when my second child was born. As an old-schooled mom, I wasn’t familiar and grew terribly confused by the aggressive parenting style I encountered the second time around. But I continued raising my second…..

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09 Mar

“She took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband,  who was with her, and he ate it.” -Genesis 3:6   The Power of Love My parents had been very strict, raising us with morals and values through the word of God, rather than in the ways of the world. Those values stayed with me and I still practice them as much as possible with my own children. I feel blessed that I’ve…..

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12 Nov

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15 Oct

Imagine a mother with seventeen children, being aware of one missing child alone in her bedroom for too many hours. She then goes on to make all the necessary arrangements to let this child know that there’s a world outside waiting for her, and needs her. This is just one of the things my mother did for my youngest sister, Shirley, who was fourteen-years-old at the time.  I was married, and with a four-year-old daughter when I received a phone…..

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