First things first! So happy to announce that dear friend and occasional Carrots contributor Katherine and her wonderful husband John welcomed a precious baby boy (their first) into the world on Halloween! He is just perfect and I’m itching to get to Boston to snuggle him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
In the Liturgical Year: We have had the best time celebrating Hallowtide! We’ve never really celebrated Halloween with Benjamin before. He’s been entirely uninterested and last year I had a one week old baby who overshadowed Halloween with all her teensy sweetness. Darth Vadar got to go to a kids’ Halloween party in the park in my parents’ neighborhood followed by his first ever trick-or-treating. It was perfect.
On All Saints we went to Mass in the morning as a family and then got to have special breakfast at our favorite neighborhood restaurant with Daddy. Such a treat! That afternoon we celebrated with an amazing feast at a friend’s house.
This morning (All Souls) we went to pray at the Old City Cemetery with some little friends. We brought Gluten-Free Soul Cakes and they brought Hot Cocoa. We saw Civil War graves (Confederate and Union soldiers) as well as the grave of the first priest of our parish buried there 100 years ago. So cool! Definitely an outing that we should make an All Souls tradition!
Did your family do anything special during Hallowtide?
Pregnancy Update: Almost 12 weeks! The Zofran is still helping keep the morning sickness manageable and I’m so grateful. I’m also feeling less exhausted which is a huge blessing. And for those of you who shared your experiences nursing while pregnant, thank you so much! It was so helpful to hear your stories. Lucy was wanting to nurse ALL THE TIME over the weekend and it was wearing me out. But then I realized that she was cutting a tooth and so needed that extra comfort. After it cut she stopped asking for “nuh” as much and as of yesterday has almost entirely stopped asking for it and seems very dissatisfied when she does nurse (for literally 5 seconds). I tried putting her to bed last night without nursing. We just snuggled on the couch I usually nurse her on and she played with the crucifix on my necklace like she usually does while nursing. She relaxed and her eyes started to flutter so I put her in bed and she was out like a light. I’m so glad that weaning is her idea and that it’s not an emotional battle!
I was featured on Blogher this week!
What to do with babies while homeschooling: Simple Homeschool
Our fall chicken harvest (contains real life farm-to-table images): Simple Bites (I loved this one! Reminded me of our chicken doomsday a couple of years ago and all we have to look forward to when we harvest our meat birds in a few weeks…..ugh).
Declutter out of love for God: Kitchen Stewardship (I love the reflections Katie has inspired by the writing of St. Therese “Without love, everything is painful, everything is tiring, everything is burdensome. The Cross, taken up hesitantly, is crushing; taken smilingly, by free will, and with love, it will carry you much more than you carry it.”)
Why I Lost Faith in the Pro-Choice Movement: Jennifer Fulwiler
And prepare for awesomeness:
The Quotable Benjamin:
“Today’s All Souls Day so we can’t think about anybody who isn’t dead.”
“I should take my lunch box to the costume party because Darth Vadar probably had a lunch box. Or at least some kind of box he keeps his lunch in. Wait, does he ever eat lunch? If he does….HOW?!”
Instagram Worth Sharing (I’m carrotsformichaelmas on IG):
Lucy snuggle bug!
Happy All Souls, everyone! I hope you have a lovely weekend