When You Leave Your Comfortable Life and Change Just About Everything (THE BIG NEWS)

When You Leave Your Comfortable to Do Something Crazy

Since I mentioned in February that we put our house on the market, inquiring minds have wanted to know why we’re moving. And y’all, I have been bursting with this news for months. Months! Now that it’s actually time to share it, I hardly know where to start. Here's the basic idea: we’re selling our house and leaving behind Daniel’s stable job and everything we know to move our five-person … [Read more...]

When You Feel Like You’re Drowning in Survival Mode (A Library for a Song and a Free Kindle!)

When You Feel Like You're Drowning in Survival Mode

I got married at age 20 the summer before my junior year in college. I accepted a full-time job in publications at the university just before graduation and found out a couple of weeks later that I was pregnant with our first child. Two years later we tacked on a cross country move, a brief stint in grad school, two more babies after increasingly debilitating pregnancies (hyperemesis … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 124

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Last weekend we had our parish picnic. I LOVE Easter Egg hunts that happen DURING Eastertide. Hooray! Lucy spent most of the time finding eggs and putting them in babies' baskets because she was worried the babies wouldn't get enough. The warrior princesses got their faces painted like fairies while Benjamin opted for "The Monster Mask." Entire crew was devastated when bath time came and … [Read more...]

Daniel and I Each Snuck Into a Book

Rosaries Aren't (Just) for Teething

Guess what! A few months ago, I was asked to contribute to a book of reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary and motherhood. And it's almost out! I wrote about the Visitation which is my favorite mystery.     Edited by Michele Chronister of My Domestic Monastery!   With contributors including: Amy of Go Forth and Mother Kelly of This Ain't the Lyceum Cari of Clan … [Read more...]

Two Things for a Tuesday (G.K. Chesterton and Fixing Links So You Can Stop Stressing)


Christy and I had so much fun talking about one of our favorite authors/theologians, Mr. G.K. Chesterton with our friend Michael J. Lichens on the podcast this week. Michael is the editor of Catholic Exchange and a fellow convert. What you miss when you hear the podcast is the conversation we had before we started recording confessing our favorite early 2000s embarrassing music preferences. … [Read more...]

When Your House Is On the Market…And Full of Small Children

When Your House Is On the Market...And Full of Small Children

Our house has been on the market for about seven weeks. I get asked all the time about the stress of trying to keep it clean and ready to show while homeschooling small children in it each day. And you know what? It IS stressful. I'm typically a "that looks good enough" kind of gal. Not a homemaking perfectionist...at all. But I have to admit that keeping it clean hasn't been as bad as I … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 123

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Happy weekend, friends! I didn't post anything on Easter weekend so we've got some catching up to do. We went to the Easter Vigil and everyone survived! The big kids were great and Gwen was.....a toddler. But I'm so glad we went. It's so exciting and the kids love it. The Quotable Benjamin: Me: "How'd you get so cute?" Benjamin, while eating trail mix (6 years): "Well, I think it's just … [Read more...]

Friday Fashion Frivolity: April Is Basically Summer (Get Me Some Shorts)

Sally Cuffed Short: Liverpool 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. I know my Canadian friends and some of my yankee friends are still getting snow. I. can't. even. Come sit on my back porch with me and drink sweet tea because I like my April to feel like summer, thank you very much. And 80 degrees and sunny is my … [Read more...]

What NFP Looks Like for Our Family Right Now

Marquette Method NFP: A Personal Experience

I get frequent questions about and requests for updates on how we do Natural Family Planning. It’s ok, I really don’t mind. That’s what I get for running a long series on NFP. Because while you can read about statistics and methods all day, sometimes it helps just to hear about a real person’s experience. Does our experience look like everyone else’s? No. There’s definitely a spectrum and we … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: April

Sun-dried Tomato Risotto for St. Catherine of Siena

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...]