This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 88 (and giveaway winner!)

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Ok, first things first. I know you want to know who’s getting a copy of Jen Fulwiler’s book, Something Other Than God. And the lucky winner is Shaina Purves! I’ll be in touch soon about mailing your book to you, Shaina.

Here’s what’s been happening in our little corner of the world…

On the Homestead:

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Summer is here in our garden! All of Daniel’s hard work is paying off now that the tomatoes are turning red.


Of course he does have helpers. (And yes! That is a PONYTAIL my baby is sporting. Good grief!)

And he wrote a couple of posts recently on gardening: How much money does gardening actually save you and How to get the most out of a small garden. So hop on over to the Bearman’s blog if you’re interested.

The Quotable Lucy (age 2):

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This little gingersnap loves to tell stories these days. Here’s a recent gem:

Once upon a time der was a widdle fwower. His name was Paul the Patsy. And what happened to him was that he met another widdle fwower. She was named Letter da Letter. Paul the Patsy is a boy and Letter da Letter is a girl. And what happened to them was that they met another widdle fwower. Sunflower the Sunflower. And what happened to Sunflower is that she died. So they had to get some other yellow flowers for the birthday.
The end.”

Book Love:

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So I’m currently reading three books and only one is from my reading goals list for 2014: True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort. I’ll be honest, it’s not an easy read and I’ve been at it for a couple of months. But I’m past the halfway mark!

And then continuing my habit of reading books that AREN’T on my list, I’ve delved into The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home from Leila Lawler of Like Mother, Like Daughter and it is wonderful. I’m excited to finish it and share a full review. And I’m also in the middle of my third (fourth?) re-read of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited for the first round of the Carrots Classic Book Club.

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If you missed the announcement, we’re going to start discussing Brideshead on Tuesday night at 9:30pm EST in the event on the Carrots FB page. There’s already a little bit of discussion happening, so feel free to jump in and start chatting. We’ll officially talk about the Prologue and the first section, Et in Arcadia Ego, on Tuesday.

Links I’ve Been Loving:

 Loving Your Inner Book Nerd (The Bookish Mum): fountains of home

A Summer Reading List for Tweens: The Art of Simple

A letter to my mule of a son: Daniel Bearman, Acts of Idiot Praise

Isn’t NFP just Catholic “birth control”?: Mama needs coffee

An Everyman Saint: St. Isidore the Farmer: Catholic Exchange

A Request:

Can I ask you for prayers for some dear friends? One friend’s baby has been in and out of the hospital for several weeks with a mystery illness. The doctors are still struggling to figure out what’s causing him to be so sick. They should start getting some test results back today. Please pray that they find answers and rule out anything serious. And pray for comfort for this sweet baby in the hospital undergoing so many tests and peace and grace for his parents. Another dear friend is facing her third miscarriage (the fourth child they’ve lost as one pregnancy she carried twins). Please pray that Our Lord would remain close and comfort her whole family in their grief. And a special intention for another friend. My heart is heavy for these sweet families.

Thank you in advance for lifting up my friends in prayer. Thank you for reading and for making this tiny little corner of the internet into such an amazing community!

Lots of love,


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  1. says

    I love the produce you’re getting!! We just this week were able to transplant our plants out doors…keeping my hopes up for a good harvest this year.

    Thanks for sharing the links, I’m popping over to check out the summer reading list for tweens. My tween could use some suggestions!

    • Haley says

      I haven’t read all the books on Tsh’s list, but it looked like there were some really good ones included! I can’t remember if The Penderwicks was on the list. Has your tween read those? I LOVE them.

  2. says

    It’s finally starting to warm up enough here that our tomato plants are starting to show some real growth. Can’t wait for a tomato sandwich!

    I just said a prayer for your intentions.

  3. says

    I loved True Devotion to Mary! I read it slowly one semester in college with a group (about a chapter or so a week I think?) so that probably helped. We read it in preparation for making a Marian Consecration according to his formula, but through the Knights of the Immaculata (St. Max Kolbe’s organization). Truly excellent. We also read The World’s First Love by Fulton Sheen that year and oh it was a good year for me and Mary.

    I’m off to read your husbands articles you linked! I’m insanely jealous you already have tomatoes! My tomatoes are still mere 4 inch seedlings under a florescent light. They’re getting planted next weekend!

  4. Megan says

    Ok that lemon shaped strainer holding the veggies in the first pic completely brings me back to my childhood! My mom had that same one, and still does!

    • Haley says

      Haha! We have two and they were my moms! She passed them on to me when she got some new ones. I love them and they make me feel like I’m 8 years old. 🙂

  5. Sarah C. says

    Sending up prayers for your friends.
    Something that may be helpful for your friend who has had multiple miscarriages:
    The Pope Paul VI Institute in Nebraska focuses on reproductive health, including treatment for the problem your friend is facing. I heard about it on EWTN.

  6. Marie says

    Will pray for your friends.
    I second what Sarah C. said…. When the time is right, please direct your friend who has had multiple miscarriages to The practice of NaproTechnology (completely in line with Catholic teaching) can often help solve the issue of repeat miscarriages, and many other reproductive issues. Whatever the issue, they will get to the bottom of it and help treat it, unlike traditional OB/GYNs and “infertility specialists”. I can attest to their practices… we’re due in July after 6+ years of infertility! God is good.

    • Haley says

      Thanks, Marie! I know that she charts and has an NFP only OB, but we don’t have any NaPro trained MDs nearby, so I’m not sure how much she’s pursued that option. They have 5 living children (4 biological, one through adoption).

      Congrats on your pregnancy! What a gift.

  7. says

    Lucy!!!! And her widdle flowers!!!! I’m laughing myself stupid here!

    Praying for your friends. Dear Lord, please be with them. Wrap Your arms around them. Wipe their tears.

  8. says

    We’re reading “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Michael Gaitley in our parish right now. It’s a nice alternative to “True Devotion” that is not so burdensome to get through, but is *packed* with deep Marian truths.

    Just said a prayer for your dear friends.

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