This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 143

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I know it's been awhile, y'all, and I'm sorry it's been so quiet around here!  There's been a lot going on and in addition to all that my brain has needed a little break. I always seem to need to slow down as Advent approaches and get refreshed with some quiet space. I've got a list of things I want to write about and it's a mile long, but I've just needed some quiet. As I've been working … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 142

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"Don't climb on the gravestones, Lucy!" "I just want to hug them when I pray for da souls." Baby girl getting some serious prayin' done at an old Catholic cemetery we found to visit on All Souls Day. My kids really look forward to visiting a cemetery on All Souls to pray for the dead. They also enjoy that Halloween candy is discounted when we're still celebrating Hallowtide two days … [Read more...]

5 Things That Make Mothering a Little Easier

5 Things That Make Mothering a Little Easier

I've shared before that while mothering is by far the most exciting role I've ever undertaken, it doesn't come easy to all. After feeling very successful in school and career pre-kids, the tasks of homemaking weren't just thankless but difficult. I am an extreme P when it comes to the P vs. J part of the Myers-Briggs personality test. That means keeping my home organized is not a … [Read more...]

Hallowmas with Harry: What Harry Potter Taught Me About Death and the Communion of Saints

What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Confronting Death with Hope and the Glorious Communion of Saints!

“ And in many ways, all of my characters are defined by their attitude to death and the possibility of death.”- J.K. Rowling Hallowmas, the three days of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, is an ancient part of the Christian Year.  Before becoming Catholic I thought of Halloween as morbid and  I couldn’t understand how to celebrate All Souls, or the Day of the Dead.  What I … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: November 2015

Tons of recipes, books, and links for observing saints days in November!

I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Can You Pray the Rosary with Little Kids in the House?

How to introduce the Rosary to your kids (and make it through a Rosary yourself, too!)

This post is sponsored by Organic Mama's Shop. Mothers of young children are always being told how important the Rosary is as a spiritual devotion to help them raise holy families. And I totally agree. The Rosary is powerful! It is amazing. The problem is, the Rosary is hard to pray when you’ve got lots of little folks waking up before dawn and not leaving you with a quiet moment until … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Climb Out of a Really Bad Day of Mothering

10 Ways to Climb Out of a Really Bad Day of Mothering. How to turn a super crappy day around when parenting little ones!

You know those mornings that just start out all wrong? Whatever your expectations were.....they don't come to pass. Maybe you're woken up at 4:30 am by a child who just refuses to go back to sleep. Maybe you set your alarm and dragged yourself out of bed early to spend some quiet time with your cup of coffee and prayer only to hear little feet pitter pattering stomping like elephants down the … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 141 (and Giveaway winners!)

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It finally happened! After five weeks we got a REAL date night. Woohoo! We wandered around Waco, ate at the beautiful Hippodrome, and then went to see Yo-Yo Ma shred the cello. It reminded me how important it is to make time for date nights and just us evenings with little ones and while living in community. We both adore having other grownups around and having other farmies over for meals … [Read more...]

How to Prep for a Stress-Free Advent {Advent Candle Giveaway–Sponsored Post}

How to Prep for a Stress-Free Advent!

This post is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. It's been a stressful year for our family. Job changes, selling a house, moving our three kids across the country, and transitioning to a new town. I still feel like my head is spinning from the move even though we've been in TX a whole month. And I find myself longing for Advent--my favorite time of year. Advent (this year it … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 140

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Gwen displaying her usual joie de vivre. How I love this girl. Just another typical week at the farm over here. Lots of fun, dirt, and compost toilets. I haven't even had a chance to wonder if moving was the right decision for us. Because we're having too much fun. The only thing I worry about is what in the heck we're going to do after this year! But I'm trusting that we'll figure that … [Read more...]