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Raising the Betts

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A family podcast of pirates and penguins

A family podcast of pirates and penguins


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A family podcast of pirates and penguins








Sr. Karla’s Final Vows

This week, the Betts (virtually) celebrate the final profession of vows of their friend, Sr. Karla; rejoice at a child's return to Mass after months; discuss rendering unto God what is God's; and discuss the two-liter bottle assumption. The post Sr. Karla’s Final Vows appeared first on SQPN.com.


What’s In Your Lasagna?

The Betts discuss their DNA and genealogy; golden spider silk and an arachnid visitor; what's in a proper lasagna; a sticky chicken recipe; why Melanie re-read Deadly Education (it's that good); and why some big authors need editors. Plus the Sunday readings about feasting. The post What’s In Your Lasagna? appeared first on SQPN.com.


An Important Update from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli

An important thank you message and update from StarQuest's Dom Bettinelli. The post An Important Update from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli appeared first on SQPN.com.


Homeschool is NOT the Ideal?

The Betts address a claim that Catholic school is the ideal form of education for all and that homeschool should only be for necessity. Plus, campfire apple cake, spiced shrimp in tomatoes and mint, the latest Dresden novels, and a new novel for grownup Potter fans. The post Homeschool is NOT the Ideal? appeared first on SQPN.com.


In the Pumpkin Patch

This week, the Betts spend some time in a pumpkin patch, teach some scouts camp cooking techniques, make a broccoli, potato & cheese soup; watch the Social Dilemma, read Outcast & Vince Flynn's Total Power, and look forward to Naomi Novik's new book. The post In the Pumpkin Patch appeared first on SQPN.com.


Workers in the Vineyard

The Betts say farewell to a nephew off to serve in the Army; finish Lord of the Rings; make Vietnamese meatballs; have a charcoal ash tip; get nostalgic with the Karate Kid; and consider the connection between the workers in the vineyard and the monastic hours. The post Workers in the Vineyard appeared first on SQPN.com.


Soup Season

Fall weather has come to New England and that means it's soup season. Dom and Melanie Bettinelli talk about their favorite season, some new soup recipes, a pasta recipe from the Vatican, Melanie's favorite Adam Sandler movie, and forgiveness as the center characteristic of the Christian life. The post Soup Season appeared first on SQPN.com.


Feeding Our Kids

Figuring how to overcome allergies and food aversions to make sure your kids eat healthy is a struggle for many parents. Dom and Melanie Bettinelli discuss the strategies they've employed over the years to feed their five children. Plus, the emotional and mental burden of seeing your own parents grow older. The post Feeding Our Kids appeared first on SQPN.com.



The Betts take a hike, crossover in Scouts, dig into the family tree, make enchiladas, watch Umbrella Academy, and talk about the contradictions and unexpected turns in the life of discipleship. The post Crossover appeared first on SQPN.com.



This week, the Betts continue re-entry from vacation with appointments and school prep; free the first child from braces ... finally; remember the first time they almost met; discuss the joy of having your wedding reception playlist; and talk about binding, loosing, and invalid baptisms. The post Unbraced appeared first on SQPN.com.


Lake Vacation

The Betts have gone on a quarantined, socially distanced vacation to a beautiful lake house in Maine. They discuss getting away, the kids spending a week away from their usual distractions, celebrating their anniversary, cooking without the usual pantry and tools, vacation books and games, and more. The post Lake Vacation appeared first on SQPN.com.



The Betts celebrate Melanie's birthday and have some home-baked cake; try Nashville Hot Chicken potato chips; discuss the book The Cooking Gene; and talk about God's invitation and promise of superabundance, plus lots more. The post Superabundance appeared first on SQPN.com.


Old Ironsides’ Flag

The Betts re-discover buried treasure in forgotten corners of their house and then discuss Sunday's Gospel on the kingdom of heaven as buried treasure. Plus baby bunnies, exploring Google Earth, pickle tasting, bread pudding, going to the theater virtually, and Italian grandpas on YouTube. The post Old Ironsides’ Flag appeared first on SQPN.com.


Dungeons and Dragons and Dryers

The Betts introduce the kids to D&D to great joy; replace their dead dryer but what the installers do causes big problems; embark on a spicy pickle adventure; discuss why the 2016 Ghostbusters doesn't work and why the Dresden Files do; and then address the weeds and wheat in life. The post Dungeons and Dragons and Dryers appeared first on SQPN.com.


Birthday Ben

The Betts celebrate a birthday, mourn the death of a dryer, watch a bunch of movies, read a friend's new book, and discuss unfortunate quarantine-related liturgical abuses. The post Birthday Ben appeared first on SQPN.com.


An important message from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli

Dom Bettinelli shares an important message about the future of this podcast and all the shows at StarQuest. The post An important message from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli appeared first on SQPN.com.


Hamilfilm Mania

The Betts find Hamilton on Disney+ to be an all new experience despite being fans for four years and seeing it on stage. They also spend a quiet Fourth with Dom's mom; experience neighborhood fireworks like a warzone; and have a special outdoor Mass at their parish for Independence Day. The post Hamilfilm Mania appeared first on SQPN.com.


Scavenger Hunt

The Betts go on a scavenger hunt, ponder Fourth of July plans, debate if Massachusetts weather measures up to Texas, cook lobster, figure out how to pronounce Elisha, extol A Bridge Too Far, and talk about Jesus and hospitality for the stranger. The post Scavenger Hunt appeared first on SQPN.com.



Summer is here along with its heat and the Betts are stuck indoors, and this year they don't even have the option to go out to indoor places like museums. Plus Mass in a non-air-conditioned church with masks on; and fear, judgment, and total disclosure before God. The post Melting appeared first on SQPN.com.


Lighthouse Adventure

The Betts go on an unexpected adventure that ends at an historic lighthouse; Dom gets to go back to Mass; and they visit his mom after a long absence. Food this week includes kale salad, lime cheesecake, and smoked salmon. Plus they talk about Corpus Christi and the family table. The post Lighthouse Adventure appeared first on SQPN.com.