Sticky Handprints and When You’re Not Ready for Easter

Sticky Handprints and Not Being Ready for Easter // Carrots for Michaelmas

It’s Holy Week and I’m not ready for it. It’s been a busy Lent. It started out focused, but then life showed up. Did that happen to you, too? With our house on the market, trying to keep everything clean while homeschooling and raising three little ones is driving me crazy. Daniel was really busy at work and was out of town some for his second gig as a youth group leader. My lenten food … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 122 (Spring in FL, AKA Mosquito, Edition)

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Happy Springtime, y'all! The azalea's are in bloom in N. Florida and so are the mosquitos. So feel free to be jealous of our balmy weather and the constant attack of giant insects. To be fair, we have had three weeks of glory--eating outside for every meal and kicking the kids into the backyard to wear themselves out climbing trees and digging in the dirt. Now I just need to figure out the … [Read more...]

Why Mary Has to Hold the Cards: Thoughts on the Annunciation, Assault, and Free Will


In Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Annunciation, we see the angel Gabriel visiting Mary in her bedroom. He stands tall while she shrinks back on her bed. Her face is difficult to read. Is she deep in thought? Or is she paralyzed by fear? The image is deeply unsettling and it’s hard to ignore the fact that it looks like we are witnessing an assault on a young girl. This is problematic on so many … [Read more...]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (FaithBeads Giveaway!) {Sponsored Post}

FaithBeads by Erin Heller

I love to support small family businesses. And I love heirloom-quality, vintage-inspired rosaries. Put 'em together and you get FaithBeads--beautiful rosaries and jewelry made by a Catholic mama in her at-home business. The artist behind FaithBeads is Erin Heller, Catholic homeschooling mama of three. Erin converted from agnosticism 10 years ago before marrying her husband, a cradle Catholic. … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 121

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St. Patrick's Day has to be one of my favorite days of the year. What a cool saint. And Irish Soda Bread, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Guinness Floats--what could be tastier? The kiddos had mint chocolate chip ice cream and danced to Irish music. It was an all-around success. Lucy and I also went to our first mommy-daughter movie date to see Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella. You can read my … [Read more...]

Charity Has Power and How Disney Didn’t Ruin Cinderella

Charity Has Power: How Disney Didn't Ruin Cinderella

  Image source: Disney “Where there is kindness, there is goodness. Where there is goodness, there is magic.” I took my daughter to her first real movie last weekend to see Disney’s new live action Cinderella starring Lily James. I was intrigued by the trailer, but once I heard that Kenneth Branagh was directing, I had very high hopes. Any review will tell you that the film is … [Read more...]

Getting the Eastertide Party Going (and Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candle Giveaway!) {Sponsored Post}


When I was chatting with Christy and Bonnie on the Fountains of Carrots podcast recently, I realized that while we have some set traditions for observing Lent in our home, we haven't developed as much for celebrating Eastertide (50 days!) after Easter Sunday comes to an end. But we're slowly and surely adding in some solid Easter traditions in our home, so I thought I'd share. (And I get to give … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Stitch Fix Fashion Break (And They Have Maternity Now!)

Tyson Split Neck Blouse by Renee C Stitch Fix

Every so often, we chat fashion at Carrots. I hope it feels like going shopping with a friend, but not having to try on jeans….or leave your couch. March has been busy, friends. The house is on the market and we had five little guests staying with us for a few nights while their baby twin brothers were being born, and Daniel and I have some big projects brewing so....let's take a little Stitch … [Read more...]

8 Picture Books for Lent and Easter

Lent and Easter Children's Picture Books // Carrots for Michaelmas

I'm usually on the ball with having great picture books to read during Advent, but this is the first year I've intentionally sought out Lent and Easter reads for the kids. So head on over to your local library and check 'em out! 1. Tomie dePaola's Book of Bible Stories Lent is a great time to read passages about the life of Jesus. We usually read a bit of the New Testament section of this … [Read more...]

Three Things for a Tuesday


You know Karen Edmisten, right? If you don't, you need to start reading her beautiful books. Karen is one of my all-time favorite bloggers and just an all-around delightful lady. Christy and I tried not to fangirl TOO MUCH over her when we interviewed her for the podcast. We covered a LOT in this episode including Karen's beautiful wisdom on miscarriage and loss, her conversion, homeschooling, … [Read more...]