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Kelly J. Henson

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Advent: What will you imagine?

Hello friends! I have a new op-ed column over at the Catholic News Herald. I hope to offer practical tips and stories to help families integrate Faith into daily life. What topics would you like to hear about? This month's... Continue Reading →

Motherhood (Part IV): The Home — A Place of Celebration

Celebration is an act of memory. Memory fuels our souls. It gives us deep droughts of joy and even pools of suffering from which we can ponder the reflection of the wounded Christ in our midst. The narratives of our... Continue Reading →

Motherhood (Part III): The Home–A place of fasting

My kids created a game that they are playing right now. I printed off complicated "adult" coloring pages for them of castles and peacocks, but they chose some limitations for themselves. Every time they want to change colors, they have... Continue Reading →

Motherhood (Part II): What is Self-Care and What is Avoidance?

Disclaimer: This post is not at all meant to discredit mental health struggles or illnesses or to say that depression = laziness. Just to be super clear... If you find yourself frozen in inactivity or mentally unable to accomplish basic... Continue Reading →

Motherhood (Part 1): Is Motherhood an Art or a Science?

Intro I've been reading and thinking and praying a lot, and usually that leads to me writing as a way of solidifying and recording my own thought process. So, as I try to refocus on important things in the final... Continue Reading →

Mary the Dawn & Waking Up Slowly

When we embrace mystery and wonder at the start of our day, we realize that there is a greater reality than our dirty dishes and to do lists. Our efforts and works of the day are important, but only in so far as they serve a greater purpose.

Challenging Teens in Christ

I had two beautiful opportunities to speak with teens at the end of this week. Last night, I shared part of my testimony with about 130 enthusiastic middle school students at a retreat for Immaculata Catholic School (Durham, NC). Then,... Continue Reading →

Mama Chicken Can’t Get a Break

Mama Blue hatched her first batch of eggs this Spring and five fuzzy youngsters joined our happy flock. But this week, the chicks are officially at that awkward "toddler" chick stage, and let's just say I can truly relate to... Continue Reading →

Mothering Littles: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

This morning, as I dressed my Pearl, the tunic became stuck on her face for a split second before pulling gently over her sweet nose and into its proper spot on her shoulders. Her face let me know what she... Continue Reading →

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