My name is Joe and I’m Catholic.
Growing up, my faith was a pretty significant part of my life. My mom’s family is Catholic and she’s been involved with the church as long as I can remember. She worked as a receptionist in the rectory, she reads at mass and she even ran my youth [...]
The first time I remember saying the phrase ‘mom and dad’ I was a teenager. It was in relation to something to do with my sister, a graduation or ceremony of some sort, and I paused as soon as the words came out of my mouth. It sounded odd.
My parents separated when I was [...]
I grew up with a sister. Two kids, two years apart (and some half-siblings to make things complicated and difficult to explain).
I liked having a sister, much as she got on my nerves sometimes. Siblings are a special thing – they agree with you when you’re mad at your parents, they give you hand-me-downs, which [...]
Right after the monkey was born (or possibly just before), our family doctor – who has been Amy’s doctor since she was a kid - gave Amy a great piece of advice: Just survive.
Amy, as is her way, was worried about all kinds of things. How would we keep the house in order? How [...]
When our little one was very little, she was an excellent sleeper. She sleep for four or five hours at night, waking for a bottle and a change and then sleep until morning. She slept on a pretty clear schedule all day. She was easy.
Then she started to get bigger, and suddenly we were [...]
We’ve always known that we wanted to involve M in activities – because I didn’t play any sports or take many lessons and Joe did. He has music and sports as an adult where I had to search for things to occupy my hands, mind and time.
So far we’ve had M enrolled in [...]
Joe and I first met at the Carleton University student paper, The Charlatan when he was editor-in-chief and I was applying for the job of Production Manager. He had blue hair and was doing his ‘victory lap’ – completing a few courses after already having finished his degree. I was 23 and was going back [...]
We’re not sure what this is going to be yet. But we’re damn excited nonetheless. This will be a place for us to discuss life as young parents and how the world around us affects the decisions we make as mom and dad.
Politics, world affairs, entertainment, religion – nothing is out of bounds.