Family Life

We're having an Anniversary Sale

November 30, 2011

It's our 15th wedding anniversary today! Take 15% off everything in our store using the coupon "anniversary15" during checkout. (Just wait for our 100th anniversary!)

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How a Civilization Kills Itself, One Generation at a Time

February 2, 2011

On Monday our whole family went to Costco. We have nine kids under the age of twelve so there is almost a 100% chance that someone we don't know will make a comment. We stopped for lunch at the Costco food court and ordered pizza (about the best you can buy). Sitting at the table […]

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Advent and Christmas Family Traditions

November 30, 2010

Tucson, Arizona. Land of saguaro cactus, red desert and the yearly gathering of the Gastellum clan for Christmas. For as far back as I can remember, we would make the annual fourteen hour drive from Colorado to Arizona to spend one or two weeks with family in a continuous celebration that centered on the Faith, […]

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The Quilt

April 15, 2010

Growing up, we regularly took trips to Craig to visit my grandparents and other relatives. Craig is a small, sleepy town in northwestern Colorado known, if at all, for mining and ranching. My great grandfather died of black lung from mining. My grandfather worked in the mines for many years and raised my father and […]

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31 Years Ago

March 31, 2010

On March 17, 1979 my first sister, Erin Patricia was born. Due to a combination of complications and medical incompetence she died on March 30, thirteen days later. I got to hold her once. When Paula and I were married it took us over two years to conceive the first time. We miscarried Blue Bonnet […]

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The Colorado Blizzard of '09

April 18, 2009

We spent Easter with family in California in nice 70 degree weather. On our trip back we squeaked in just as the leading edge of this blizzard hit. From Thursday night until about 4pm on Saturday we had non-stop blizzard conditions. The snow is still coming down a little but the storm is passing. The […]

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New Rutherford Baby!

January 31, 2009

I can't believe a week has gone by and I haven't posted this yet. Thomas Edmund Paul was born on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul three hours after Father came to bless our house. This was our seventh home birth and everything went as smoothly as ever. Congratulations to the Willets on […]

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I'm Voting For Mr. Norris

October 21, 2008

Overheard in the car: Lucy (9): "I want Mr. Norris to be president." "Who?" "Chuck Norris. The pro-life candidate." "Do you mean Chuck Baldwin? Chuck Norris isn't running for president." "Oh, I guess so." I'd probably vote for Chuck Norris if he was running.

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Help The Brady Bunch With College

April 1, 2008]

H/T to Shrine of the Holy Wapping by way of St. Mary's Aggies. Some friends who have a wonderful Catholic family of 9 kids, all home-schooled, are in the final 10 of a $25,000 college scholarship contest (and the parents are Aggie Catholics if you needed more incentive). They created a great video, but now […]

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February Movies to Watch

February 19, 2008

My mom started posting lists of movies for each month related to the saints and feasts of the month. Here's January and February.

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