Bless Me, Father, For I Have Kids

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The uninterrupted life is not worth living.

Got questions about Catholic family life? You've come to the right place! As a lifelong Catholic, devoted wife, diligent homeschooler, and mother of seven, Susie Lloyd knows lots of people who just might have the answers for you.

Susie herself is too busy to give advice: busy giving home haircuts and finding missing socks; busy teaching her teen girls to drive, cook, and diagram sentences; busy praying for divine protection while she races off to church (late) in her full-size van. But every so often, Susie finds a few moments to share the wit and wisdom she's gleaned from:

  • Teaching her kids about the Facts of Life: "Somewhere there must be a book which can aid me in my duty. In it there would be many pages devoted to birds, bees, and flowers. None involving kegs and station wagons."
  • Quelling her teen girls' phobias: "Top of the list is frumpophobia: fear of being seen in a skirt when every other teen at the party, except the statue of Mary, will be in jeans. It gets worse if your dad thinks it would be lovely not only to wear the skirt but a veil as well."
  • Handing on Catholic customs: "When I was small, my mother taught me to say a Hail Mary whenever I heard an ambulance. It's really a beautiful habit and habit is the word - I don't know how many people I've prayed for whose car alarm was going off."
  • Getting older: "Some people tell me I could be my teens' older sister. These people are usually 103 years old and wear their glasses hanging from a chain. But I'll take it."
  • Strangers who question her family size: "What's funny is, the people who call you nuts really expect you to act sane, and not like this: 'Nuts? Children, would one of you be a good girl and get the gun out of Mommy's diaper bag?'"
  • Enduring her children's music lessons: "Piano recitals are a time-honored way of gaining a plenary indulgence, provided we hold no attachment to murdering the piano teacher."
  • Joining a homeschool co-op: "None of us wanted to quit homeschooling; we just wanted somebody else to do it for us."

As she did in her beloved first book, Please Don't Drink the Holy Water, in these pages Susie Lloyd will charm and edify you with her offbeat - but always pitch-perfect - take on the joys and challenges of raising a Catholic family in today's world.

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  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-40-1
  • Product Code: 401
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2009
  • Categories: By Title, eBooks, Marriage and Family Life
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Great book for Catholic mothers
I was reading a sample of this book one night while drifting off to sleep, when I accidentally bought it. I'm very glad that I did! It was thoroughly enjoyable, and being a Catholic homeschooling mother of many small children, I could relate to a lot of what she wrote about. I highly recommend it to any Catholic mother, especially if you feel like you're "in the trenches" with a lot of little ones!
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What a Delight!
I enjoyed it thoroughly and found myself laughing out loud through some of its hysterical episodes. What other book contains Ecclesiastical Latin in one sentence and the word "vomit" in the very next? Where else can you find Ditzy the Fairy, St. Peter, and a Pope all on the same pages? I related to this book not just as a mom and a member of a large Irish Catholic Family, but as a person who can appreciate a good, old-fashioned, whole-hearted belly laugh. I LOVE this book!
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Author is hysterical
Funny title. Great insights!
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Great book for all ages and a great "gift" book for the Catholics in your life
Funny book and hard to put down. Three generations of people in my family have all enjoyed it very much--it works on a lot of levels! My daughter, age 10, said of it, "The author does not write 'drab' like most grownups do." I sent copies to our priest and faith formation teacher this year as Christmas gifts.
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Even better than the first book...
...and I didn't believe anything could top "Please Don't Drink the Holy Water." Buy this book!
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