So we might not have fancy things northerners have like seasons and cider donuts (is that a thing?) but I really think my north Florida town is downright gorgeous. Live Oaks! Spanish Moss! No socks!
Pregnancy Update: Still haven’t gained any weight back from all the vomiting last week because of the continued queasiness this week, but Zofran has improved the morning sickness situation so much that I’m feeling nothing but grateful. Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers! Almost 11 weeks!
Lucy is still not thrilled with the way my milk supply has dropped and is asking for “nuh” all the time lately even though I’ve got hardly anything left. Honestly, all the illness and exhaustion of this pregnancy makes weaning sound really great, but I’m not sure what to do. Were you nursing while pregnant? Tell me your experience. I need advice brilliant mamas!
Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Hallowtide: All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Day (Hallowmas), and All Souls’ Day! All Saints’ Day is when we honor and remember the faithful saints and martyrs through out the centuries, known and unknown. It’s a Holy Day of Obligation so we’ll definitely be going to Mass as a family and then planning on celebrating and feasting with friends if Daniel can get off work. Hoping to observe All Souls with first Friday Mass and then head to a party for vegetarian chili and hot apple cider. Oh, and we’ll probably try to figure out how to make Gluten-Free soul cakes. As for Halloween, I’m not opposed to celebrating it. I’m just not a crafty gal with awesome costume ideas and I don’t like my kids to eat candy so….it’s not up my alley. Benjamin creatively put together his own pirate costume which I actually think is pretty awesome (he raided my closet for my boots and belt) so I might let him show it off at the Halloween kids parade at the library or do trick or treating in my parents’ neighborhood if he seems really excited about that.
In the Garden: Lots of beautiful greens! Swiss Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Sweet Potatoes, and still lots of beautiful Green Peppers!
How to Raise Readers by Karen Edmisten (Like most of her posts, this one reminds me that I’d like to be Karen when I grow up.)
“The truth is, we can’t predict what our children will become or mold them into what we want them to be. They are unique souls; they aren’t here to be grand reflections of what book lovers we are, or of anything that we are. But, that’s another blog post.
Even if we can’t guarantee that book-loving steps will lead to book-loving people, one thing we can be certain of is this: Jemima Puddleduck, generally speaking, leads to good things.”
Read and enjoy.
At risk of upsetting some of my readers, I’m going to recommend the following links about politics, Catholicism, and the culture of life. I don’t ever talk about politics on here. Mostly because I don’t have a political “home.” I’m not a Democrat, I’m not a Republican. I’m a Catholic and there’s not a party that aligns with Catholic teaching in any satisfactory way. So, I don’t usually talk politics. However, I am unapologetically pro-life. I’m also terrified by the HHS mandate. I will actually be voting in the presidential election for the first time ever in November. Not because there’s a candidate whose positions I agree with or that I even like. Merely because I cannot ignore the shocking way that the current administration is trampling on religious freedom. I’m not here to debate anyone about their politics, I just want to offer some articles that I have found interesting or thought-provoking recently:
Silent No More: Coming out of my cloister to talk about the HHS Mandate by Kate Wicker (A really great explanation of why the HHS mandate is such a problem for Catholics)
Being pro-life doesn’t make me any less of a lefty by Mehdi Hasan
The Facebook Meme That Proves We Live in A Culture of Death by Jennifer Fulwiler
The Quotable Benjamin:
“I don’t want Lucy to ever get married.”
“Because she’s my sister and I want to keep her forever!”
“A light saber would be really helpful in the kitchen. Because if you had a bunch of tough bear meat that was hard to cut with a knife, you could just use your light saber and chop it right up!”
Instagrams Worth Sharing (I’m carrotsformichaelmas on IG if you want to follow me:
At the amazing reconstructed Spanish mission living history museum, Benjamin learned all about weaponry they used at the fort. Reason #293483 that I love homeschooling: you can go somewhere awesome you wanted to go anyway and call it a “field trip.”
We’ve got 18 of these little punkins! We had 19 but a vile raccoon twisted one’s neck the other night. And it’s not like we left them outside unsecured! They were in a secured coop inside a locked shed. How do we know it was a raccoon? It left it’s filthy pawprint on the front of the coop as if to say, “just to be clear….it WAS me.” Evil, I tell you! Evil!
Sweetie, sweetie, sweet, sweet.
Queasy Pops. My life is queasy pops.