Why Mary Has to Hold the Cards: Thoughts on the Annunciation, Assault, and Free Will

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In Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Annunciation, we see the angel Gabriel visiting Mary in her bedroom. He stands tall while she shrinks back on her bed. Her face is difficult to read. Is she deep in thought? Or is she paralyzed by fear? The image is deeply unsettling and it’s hard to ignore the fact that it looks like we are witnessing an assault on a young girl. This is problematic on so many … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: March

Tons of resources (food, activities, reflections and more!) for observing the Christian Year in March (Saints days, etc!) // Carrots for Michaelmas

Ok, folks, I know I'm really late on getting this one out there, sorry! BUT, we were sick last week, our house is on the market, and my baby godson and his twin are in the process of being born (!!) while we watch their five siblings sooooooo......excuses. I got 'em. I mean, adding an extra five kids to your household should get you out of most anything, right? Ok, on to the good stuff! I’m … [Read more...]

Rob Bell’s “Tribe”, MacLaren’s Pub, and the Homeless Guy I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With

Rob Bell's "Tribe", MacLaren's Pub, and the Homeless Man I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With // Carrots for Michaelmas

My 22-month-old daughter had made it through most of evening Mass, but after receiving Communion I was holding her in the back of the church so she could wave to her favorite statue of St. “Shoesoff”“ (Joseph) and kiss his “feetsies.” She waved and beamed to the parishioners walking back to their pews. “Hi!” she grinned at an unkempt man wearing an old military coat and multiple bandanas around … [Read more...]

Go Cajun with a Shrimp Remoulade Recipe for Mardi Gras!

shrimp remoulade recipe for Mardi Gras! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Need a good idea for Mardi Gras food? Daniel's family lived in New Orleans for several years when he was growing up and the culinary tradition of that fair city is still strong with him. Tonight we celebrated his sweet mom's birthday with some delicious gumbo and shrimp remoulade. Then I realized how perfect it was for a Mardi Gras meal and wrangled him into typing up his recipe! Seriously, so … [Read more...]

9 Ideas for Observing Lent with Kids: Holy Heroes Review (and free coloring books for you!) {Sponsored Post}

Ways to Observe Lent with Kids // Carrots for Michaelmas

This post is sponsored by Holy Heroes. Is it just me, or is Lent painfully early this year? I feel like I'm still recovering from Christmastide. On the other hand, I'm a big Lent fan. I love that the Christian Year offers us a time set aside to clean house. And no, I'm not talking about my dusty baseboards, although that would be a good thing to tackle during Lent, too. I'm talking about our … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: February 2015

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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...]

Get Your Mantilla On (Guest Post by Tyler Blanski)

Get Your Mantilla On // Carrots for Michaelmas

Please welcome writer and fellow Catholic convert Tyler Blanski to Carrots today! Tyler's sharing some of the beautiful theology behind veiling. I've never veiled at Mass myself, but learning more about this rich tradition just might have me searching for a chapel veil. - Haley Image source You’ve heard it before: head coverings are not awesome, they are the sexist leftovers of a … [Read more...]

Simple Soul Cake Recipe for All Souls Day (Gluten-Free)

Soul Cake Recipe (Gluten-Free) for All Souls Day // Carrots for Michaelmas

Making Soul Cakes during Hallowtide (All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day) has become a little tradition at our house. I wanted to share my recipe with you in time for All Souls on Sunday! The History of Soul Cakes As a kind of early version of Trick-or-Treating, folks would go door-to-door and ask for Soul Cakes in exchange for saying prayers for the dead. I really love the way … [Read more...]

When It Feels Like You’re Failing at Building Your Cathedral

When It Feels Like You're Failing at Building Your Cathedral // Carrots for Michaelmas

  The Most Important Person on Earth is a Mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral-a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body…The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Mercy, and the Triumph of the Holy Cross

Harry Potter, Dumbledore's Mercy, and the Upside Down Power of God's Love // Carrots for Michaelmas

It's the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. What does that have to do with Harry Potter? I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a Harry Potter fangirl. I’m often reflecting on the plot and themes, whether kids should read the series, and how Molly Weasley is fantastic. (SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue if you haven’t completed the series.) One of the most memorable scenes in the series … [Read more...]