This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 156 (NEW HOUSE edition!)

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Ok, friends! Big news first: we bought a house this week! It's a little 3bed/1bath in Waco built in the 20s and we adore it. We won't be moving in until Daniel's internship is over at the end of the summer and I can't wait to set it up! We put our offer in on the Feast of St. Joseph and he took care of us big time. The house had only been on the market for 24 hours when we put in our offer and … [Read more...]

Emma Woodhouse and the Cure for Selfishness

Emma Woodhouse and the Cure for Selfishness

image: ©BBC In Mansfield Park the charming Mary Crawford claims, “Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope for a cure.” But she’s dead wrong. Jane Austen shows us in another novel, Emma, that there is indeed a cure for selfishness: love. And no I don’t mean just falling in love or romantic love, but the kind of love that transforms us. Emma gets a bad rap. I … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: Benjamin’s Takes on the Elizabeth & Clarke Spring Collection

The Edwards Top by Elizabeth & Clarke

  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. Happy Friday! We’re going out of town for the weekend to visit some good friends but before we head out, I wanted to post some fashion fun. Usually it includes my husband Daniel’s always enthused commentary, but this morning, Daniel … [Read more...]

Good Music Monday: Sunny and Melancholic for May 2016

Good Music Monday playlist!

Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! So, here’s a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy on this (hopefully warm and lovely) May Monday whether you’re making the morning drive, cleaning up the breakfast dishes, or whatever your day requires. Here’s a mix of what I’ve been listening to lately when I need a boost. And considering the political climate in the US right now, I think we ALL … [Read more...]

Fashion Friday Frivolity: The Cool Mom Edition

Lonni Crochet Back Knit Tank by Papermoon from 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. So here’s the drill. I share a new box of Stitch Fix items, tell ya my thoughts, get my husband Daniel’s take (which is really the only reason you're reading this, right?), and share what I kept and what I sent back. (I’m not gonna go into the … [Read more...]

Rajas con Crema: A Simple Liturgical Feast for the Mexican Martyrs

Rajas con Crema Recipe for the Feast of the Mexican Martyrs (May 21st)

Since Daniel and I starting bringing the liturgical year into our family life one of the things I love most is how celebrating feast days helps us learn about the saints. I had never heard of the Cristero War and the Mexican Martyrs until a couple of years ago. Now two of the brave martyrs of the Cristero War are some of our family's favorite saints: Bl. Miguel Pro and Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio. I … [Read more...]

Unrealistic Expectations, Anxiety Attacks, and Rediscovering the Joy of Motherhood

Unrealistic Expectations, Anxiety Attacks, and Rediscovering the Joy of Motherhood

My older brother likes to do this bit from a comedian whenever I tell him how tired I am from parenting. It’s about idea that being a mom is the hardest job in the world. The comedian lists off occupations requiring backbreaking and dangerous labor and then says, “Do Moms REALLY have the most difficult job on the planet? Bending at the waist to put those DVDs in DVD trays?” So when I plop in a … [Read more...]

Learning to Embrace My Strong-Willed Child’s Temperament

Learning to Embrace My Strong-Willed Child's Temperament

When my oldest kid was a newborn, he was extremely colicky. He cried for most of his first year and even when he wasn’t crying, he was still very high needs. His intensity startled me. Daniel and I are both pretty easy going, but our child was the opposite. I remember spending so much of that exhausting year trying to change my baby. If only I could turn him into the kind of baby that sleeps! … [Read more...]

What Lady Mary and the Proverbs 31 Woman Have That I Don’t

What I Need to Be a Better Wife and Mom

I grew up in the Bible belt. I heard a LOT about the Proverbs 31 Woman--the wife of noble character. I attended whole bible studies about this woman described in Proverbs that we should all model our lives after! She’s busily working for her family and brings honor to her spouse. And we have her to thank for that whole “charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the Lord, she … [Read more...]

Finding Great Audiobooks for Kids (Including free options and a list of our favorites!)

Where to find children's audiobooks and a list of must-haves!

Audiobooks are one of our family’s secrets to happy road trips AND peaceful afternoon rest time.  For some reason, having to pay attention to the story of an audiobook keeps everyone so much quieter and happier than trying to play a movie in the car. As a homeschooling work-at-home mom, I desperately need my kids to have a consistent afternoon quiet time or else I lose my sanity (and it's not … [Read more...]