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Author Archive: Brianna Heldt

Brianna Heldt is a mother to seven, recent convert to the Catholic faith, and writer who blogs at Just Showing Up. In addition to her three biological daughters, she and her husband are also parents to four adopted children from Ethiopia, including two daughters with Down syndrome. When Brianna is not busy blogging or homeschooling, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading good books, thrifting, and advocating for orhpaned children with medical needs. She lives with her husband and kids in Denver, and is eagerly anticipating the birth of her eighth child, due in February.

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Investing in Community

April 28, AD2014 3 Comments
Investing in Community

Did you happen to catch the recent Newsweek article titled “Is the Internet Making Us Crazy?” Just in case you didn’t, here’s a small excerpt: The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed. The current incarnation of the Internet—portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive—may […]

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Pope Francis and Reconciliation

March 31, AD2014 7 Comments
Pope Francis and Reconciliation

There is a visiting priest who regularly fills in when our beloved parish priest is gone. He\’s articulate, gets right to the point, and my kids love him—and the funny thing is that his homily is about the very same thing every single time he comes. No matter what the week\’s readings are, you can bet that Father R. is […]

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A Blogger\’s Perspective: Tyranny Of The Virtual Now

January 8, AD2014 10 Comments
A Blogger\’s Perspective: Tyranny Of The Virtual Now

I’ve been writing and blogging my way through life and faith at Just Showing Up for close to eight years now. What began as a free and easy way to update family and friends about our pending adoption eventually gave way to a delightful means of building community and connection. It may sound funny, but it’s true: […]

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The News

April 30, AD2013 6 Comments
The News

On a recent Sunday afternoon I attempted to take a good, old-fashioned nap with my two-month-old daughter Alice.  Unfortunately, two of my other supposed-to-be-napping children were not sleeping, and making noise instead, and after being awakened for the millioneth time I turned on the TV for some white noise to drown out the sweet but ill-timed […]

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Protection from Victoria\’s Secret

April 2, AD2013 5 Comments
Protection from Victoria\’s Secret

Perhaps you\’ve heard by now about the new line of unmentionables for tweens and teens, from the Pink brand by Victoria\’s Secret–if not, think undergarments with phrases like \”Call Me\” and \”I Dare You\” embroidered on them.  Justin Bieber (popular among the tween crowd) even performed at the annual Victoria\’s Secret fashion show in November, making […]

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Like it\’s 1415

March 4, AD2013 4 Comments
Like it\’s 1415

To the world, it\’s unsettling to imagine a man with global influence and  practical power, moving to a small room, in a house of prayer, where he\’ll offer  Mass and probably practice the piano. But Benedict XVI has never been interested  in power or influence. He has been interested in friendship with Jesus Christ — […]

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Openness to Life by Way of Adoption

February 4, AD2013 2 Comments
Openness to Life by Way of Adoption

With the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade having just passed, Catholics have (rightly) been focusing quite a bit lately on the subject of life.  I love that people are using Facebook, Twitter and blogging platforms to share God\’s beautiful vision for the dignity of the human person–and I know that people are listening.  The […]

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