Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Not Holy Enough

I was hugely pregnant, trapped in an MRI machine while they scanned our baby to see if the large mass in her lung was life-threatening or not. The "calming" ocean sounds they piped in through the ear buds didn't do a thing to mask the loud beeps & clunks emanating from the machine. I'm not generally claustrophobic, but being stuck in such a small space certainly made me feel like it.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Best Vocation

It's Good Shepherd Sunday, and by an accident of circumstances we ended up going to a different Mass than usual, and I'm glad we did! Today especially we pray for vocations, and Father discussed what that really means in his homily, which echoed a lot of the sentiments I feel when it comes to my children and their vocations.

I went about it all wrong at first, I think. Our oldest has always had a keen interest in the liturgy, and started "playing" Mass at a very young age. We encouraged this, talking about how he would be a priest when he grew up, and maybe even a bishop! Or a pope! I hated when he got older and expressed a desire to get married... My little priest! By golly, we're a Good Catholic Family and we're going to show it by having THE MOST VOCATIONS TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE!!!

Oh wait.

That's not the point of vocations.

Friday, April 20, 2018

7 Reasons to Start a Garden!

Well, if it ever warms up, we'll be in the swing of things for garden season! People keep asking what we're planting this year, and I think it might be better for me to tell them what we *aren't* planting... We aren't planting: sweet potatoes, turnips, or kohlrabi. There are probably other things too, but not many!

I find gardening really fulfilling, and I think it's something anyone can do, even if you think you have a black thumb. Here are 7 reasons why:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book Stacks: Volume 1

Goodreads just emailed me congratulating me on my progress towards my 2018 reading goal, and I was surprised to see I had read 15 books already this year! Then I realized that I was about to finish two more, and that two others hadn't gotten counted... So 19 books so far! I figured we're a third of the way through the year, so it might be worth sharing what I've read (and what the kids have read) and enjoyed so far, because doing just one big summary at the end of the year means I won't remember anything I read at the beginning...

We'll see how frequent these "Book Stacks" posts become, but I think it'll be a good way to organize what we're reading! So without further adieu... Here's what we've read!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

15/52: National Siblings Day

Friday, April 13, 2018

7 Quick Takes on the State of the Blog

You wanted to see how we decorate for different liturgical seasons... We don't do much. We clean off the buffet that was covered with junk for the past month, though!


First of all, THANK YOU to those of you who filled out the reader survey that I posted! Your responses are super-helpful - I know a lot of people read without commenting (which is totally fine! It's so hard to find time to comment, so I totally get it), which often means I don't really know what posts people actually find interesting and which ones are total flops.

For instance: My "Week by Week" posts seem to be statistically the ones that people enjoy reading the most, but they get far fewer views than, pretty much any other posts, which made me think nobody cared (although I didn't care about that, because they're the posts my kids will be interested to look back on).

Anyway, lots of people said they wished I would write more about homesteading & homeschooling & teaching the kids about the faith. And one reason I don't write much on those is...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

13/52: Holy Week Penance

Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 100: Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! He is risen, alleluia!

And happy final weekly edition of My Sunday Best—it's been fun! Maybe I'll replace it with a different weekly link-up? We'll see.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 99: Palm Sunday

Happy Palm Sunday! Easter's almost here! I'm just about done compiling goodies for our baskets - last minute ideas here if you need inspiration. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

7 Easter Basket Fillers for the Whole Family

Well, we've got a good... Eight days until Easter? So of course I'm scrambling to figure out what's going in the Easter baskets. Obviously there are things that matter a lot more, and that's why I'm just now sitting down and realizing I don't have much for the kids. Right? Right.

(But wait! Books! Check! Some gifts from small businesses! Check! I'm not that behind...)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

11/52/2018: Garden Working

Sunday, March 18, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 98: Passiontide!

Happy 5th Sunday of Lent! Otherwise known as Passion Sunday, which begins Passiontide, the last two weeks of Lent. We veiled all our sacred images, which is a great reminder that we're in the home stretch of Lent! It makes Easter even more special, when the statues and icons that were veiled for the past two weeks are unveiled on Easter morning (Andrew unveils them when he gets home from the Vigil Mass). This article explains the practice more fully, if you're curious.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

10/52/2018: Who Needs Toys When You've Got Firewood?

Sunday, March 11, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 97: Laetare Savings Time

Laetare Sunday! We got some pink in the mix!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

9/52/2018: Dirt Eaters and Fashion Lovers

Maybe the Best Giveaway Ever?

Okay fine, I could be exaggerating... But only all the giveaways I've ever done, THIS is the one I seriously wish I could win!! It's over on Instagram, so enter there, then check out the prize descriptions below!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 96: Clothing Judgment

Happy Sunday! Less than a month until Easter!

John Paul sang in the choir this morning, so I took Peter, Mary Claire, and Cecilia to Mass. I wish I had gotten a picture of John Paul's outfit, he was QUITE proud of it.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Praying the Rosary with Little Kids: 7 Practical Tips

Judging from my Instagram followers, there are a LOT of people who want to pray the rosary every day. How amazing is that?? And what's even more awesome, a ton of people want to pray the rosary with their families! So I gave you tips for praying the rosary on your own and promised family tips later... Here they are!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 95: The Great Pew Shuffle

Happy Sunday! We're only a week and a half into Lent but don't think about it like that... Easter's just over a month away!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway on my Easter basket post (one post back!) if you haven't already!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beyond Jellybeans and Easter Grass: Easter Basket Fillers You'll Want to Keep!

Easter baskets!! Filled with candy and horrible Easter grass (do people still use that? We don't...) and toys that will end up in the trash in no time flat!

Unless... We try to be a little more intentional about what we put in those baskets. A beautiful book or two? A few homemade sweets (okay fine, and some jellybeans too, I'm not a monster)? And maybe some carefully chosen gifts from small shops you'd like to support? I've got some ideas (and coupon codes! and giveaway items!) for you:

7/52/2018: Ash Wednesday

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 94: Twins in the Pew

Happy first Sunday of Lent!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6/52/2018: Coats of Arms and Mardi Gras Beads

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 93: The Great Hat Roundup

Happy Sunday! Peter was a little bit devastated that I left him home after last week's experiment... The rest of us were much happier and more focused, though. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lent and Easter Books Your Family Will Love

I love to read, and our kids love to read as well, so obviously one of our favorite ways to prepare for Easter is by reading beautiful books! 

5/52/2018: Candlemas and Feathers

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cecilia, Age 7

Happy Birthday (a week and a half ago) Cecilia!!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 92: Not ENTIRELY a Disaster?

Happy Sunday!

When you dawdle getting coats and mittens on, sometimes the photographer has to take a selfie...

Friday, February 2, 2018

7 Steps to Praying the Rosary (Every Day!)

I've been talking over on Instagram about praying the rosary and thought I'd share over here as well - blogs are forever, after all, and Instagram stories are only for 24 hours!

Let me preface this whole post by saying the following:

I'm 31 years old.

I only started praying a daily rosary last year.

So... Am I a lifelong devotee? Or an expert of any sort?


But... Am I someone who overcame laziness and reluctance to find value in a centuries-old devotion?


If you've ever felt even the slightest nudge to start praying the rosary more often (or at all!), Lent is the perfect time to start - the 40 days (not including Sundays) are the perfect amount of time to instill a new habit, and at the very least, you will have managed to memorize all the mysteries and prayers by Easter!

So how can you pray it? Let me tell you what helped me!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

4/52/2018: King Cakes and Wagon Rides

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Social Media and the Death of Authentic Friendship

Once upon a time, I was a young(er) mom, just starting to stay at home with my 2-under-2 kids after having worked full-time for a while. I was in the same situation so many new moms face in this modern age of opportunity: I was lonely.

I didn't know where to go to meet other moms like me. I didn't know how to get a feel for whether other moms actually were like me. Having made friends with lots of wonderful people whose worldviews completely opposed mine in college, I just wanted some fairly crunchy, Catholic, stay-at-home moms with whom I could talk about cloth diapers and breastfeeding!

I found a decent amount of that (minus the Catholic part) in our local La Leche League group, although I still felt like a bit of an outlier... Where could I find moms just like me?

Enter Facebook. "Groups" were just getting to be a more popular venue, and the curated news feed was beginning to be a possibility. If someone started posting things with which I disagreed, I could hide them from my news feed or even unfriend them! (I do highly recommend unfollowing as an option in many cases, but that's not my point here.) In no time at all, I'd created my own virtual echo chamber, and it was GREAT!

It was also horrible.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Taming the Grumpy Baby's Tummy

This post is sponsored by Happy Family Yogurt but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Edith has never been the happiest baby in the world, despite her appearance in pictures. She's very... particular. She likes to be held all the time. But only facing outward. She likes to read books. But SHE has to be the one to turn pages, throwing the book to the floor when she's done (and screaming for you to pick it up again). The list could go on and on.

A couple of months ago, though, she turned even grumpier. I didn't think it was possible.

No teeth on the horizon, her sleep was about the same as usual (meaning, still bad), and she wasn't on the verge of any new milestones (unless you count the walking she refuses to even attempt, despite being capable).

Ah, though, every time she needed to go #2?


Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 91: Happy Birthday, Cecilia!

Happy Sunday! And happy 7th birthday to our sweet Cecilia! We've got a birthday party after Mass so I'll post now and update later.

It's later!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 90: Books, Interruptions, and Twin Hugs

Happy Sunday! My photographer insists this photo is in focus and demands that I start paying him, since "You make money on your blog, so you should pay your photographer!!!"

Ha. If he knew how much "money" a typical Sunday post earns, he might be willing to forgo his demanded commission ;) As it is, I'm tempted to replace him with a tripod.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2/52/2018: January Brings the... Warmth?

Monday, January 15, 2018

If You Want a Challenge, You Need to Read 'Above All' - Here's Why Take Up & Read's Study for Lent is Their Best Yet!

I've been through periods of time in my life where I've hit a spiritual standstill. I'm just not sure exactly where to take my prayer life next to get out of this rut, this spot of comfort to which I've somehow arrived.

Take Up & Read helped me dust off my Bible and get more comfortable leafing through the pages, searching for different verses. Is it easier to look up a verse on my phone or computer? Yes. But that hasn't provided me with the new-found fluency I've gotten from actually picking up my Bible every day. The first three studies are great, if you haven't seen them already. But this Lent study?




Image c/o Allison McGinley

Sunday, January 14, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 89: Peace After Chaos

Happy Sunday! Happy sort-of-still-Christmas-depending-on-how-you-celebrate!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

1/52/2018: Kitchen Picnics and Play Dough

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What *Is* it About Ma Ingalls?

"I just baked my first loaf of bread from scratch - I feel a little like Ma Ingalls!"

"Ma Ingalls would be so proud of me, I canned 12 jars of jam today!"

"How did Ma Ingalls get it all done with children underfoot?"

Ma Ingalls. Always Ma Ingalls. Is there any other legendary homemaker so revered and idealized as Caroline Quiner Ingalls? Among women of my generation, probably not. We were raised on the Little House books, grew up believing that Laura's embellished stories were absolute fact. There was never a day that Ma allowed to pass in idleness, never a dish unwashed, never a tear unmended.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Sunday Best, Volume 88: Baptism Anniversary!

Happy baptism anniversary to Edith!

Happy baptism anniversary to our sweet Edith! All of our other babies were baptized between 2 and 4 weeks, but she was born *right* as Advent began, which made planning a little more difficult... A very geriatric nearly 6-week-old when we were finally able to do it 😉 . It was VERY COLD that day, but today is even colder... Most of the pipes in the house have frozen except the hot water in the kitchen sink, the hot water in the downstairs bathtub, and the water in the upstairs bathroom. So really, it could be much worse! But tomorrow is supposed to warm up and we're all looking forward to being able to flush the toilet without having to pour a pitcher of water down it... . I'm laid up with a nasty case of bronchitis, so I'm staying home, lying down as much as possible, and keeping my germs to myself! We'll just call this throwback photo #mysundaybest 😊
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

What We Read in 2017

I read decent amount of books in 2017, and I'm glad that I have my Goodreads account to keep track of most of them! I definitely wouldn't remember which ones fell in which year otherwise... I won't dwell too much on the books that I thought were fairly "meh," but there's ONE book that I gave a one star rating, so I'll let you know which one that was! Opinions differ, obviously. But if you're looking for book recommendations for 2018, here are some that I liked and some that the kids liked.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

12 Top Posts of 2017

2017 was not a year of a ton of blogging... For the most part, I got my two posts per week published (the Week by Week posts & My Sunday Best) and not much else. There's just a lot of life going on, and not a lot of overflow time for blogging. If nothing else, I'm really happy that I got the weekly posts done because we'll be able to look back on those memories for years to come! Based solely on page views, here are the posts that ended up being most viewed in 2017:

Monday, January 1, 2018

52/52: Christmas!

So long, 2017!

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