Liturgical Living at a Glance: September 2016

Liturgical Living Resources for Holy Days in September (Mother Teresa, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Michaelmas, and more!) // Carrots for Michaelmas

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...]

New Catholics, Here’s Why I’m So Excited for You

The Joy of Conversion

The church was dark but I could see the faces of my children illuminated by the light of their candles, lit from the Paschal candle. And my breath caught in my throat at how beautiful it was. This is the night, sang the priest from the Exultet, an ancient chant only sung once a year, the night before Easter Sunday. We have the ambitious, some might say foolhardy, tradition of bringing our … [Read more...]

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

9 Reasons the Weasleys Are (Probably) a Catholic Family

  I first read the Harry Potter series before converting to Catholicism and the Weasleys were my favorite family in the books (obviously). Imagine my delight when I discovered that they’re a big Catholic family!  Well….OK, the books don’t come right out and say they're Catholic but I think there's some solid reasons to assume they are. Reason #1: They’re open to life, even to the point … [Read more...]

The Incarnation and the Pietá

The Incarnation and the Pieta

The Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical season of Christmastide, takes on a richer significance for me with each passing year. The story of the Nativity is fuller–but undeniably stranger. It loses the saccharine quality of greeting cards and becomes complicated. Christmas becomes more intricately connected to Holy Week and I’m reminded that the miracle of the Incarnation isn’t … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: October 2015

Tons of resources for celebrating saints and seasons in October!

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...]

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year

How Hogwarts Prepared Me for the Liturgical Year // Carrots for Michalemas

From middle school through college I eagerly anticipated each new HP book release but I don’t think I could have even articulated what drew me in. Looking back, it was more than compelling plots and endearing characters. What I found alluring was the magical world Rowling created. A world full of traditions that brought people together into a strong community where you belonged. I recently saw … [Read more...]

NFP Should Be a Part of Parish Life

NFP Should Be a Part of Parish Life

I have a proposal. It’s about bringing NFP out of the shadows and into parish life. Because as young Catholic married folk, we need help. We love and embrace the teachings of the Church on marriage, fertility, and openness to life. We desire to be faithful to these teachings by choosing not to contracept and acknowledging the truth that sex and babies are designed to go together. And we are … [Read more...]

Edel Gathering Recap (Or, that time I had to emcee and had laryngitis)

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Okay. I'm completely overwhelmed with the idea of recapping Edel 2015 because it was a jam-packed whirlwind of awesome. Here's some highlights: I rented a car like a real grown up woman. For real. AND I learned how to use the cruise control. My friend Alyssa and I road tripped it to Charleston, SC on Thursday morning to meet up with my bestie and podcast co-host Christy Isinger Thursday … [Read more...]

Beauty for Your Family Altar: A Review and Giveaway of the Sacred Art Series {Sponsored Post}

Beauty for Your Family Altar // Carrots for Michaelmas

This post is sponsored by the Sacred Art Series from Bloomfield Books. All opinions are my own. I love to fill our home with sacred art. It's important to Daniel and I to create an environment of beauty for our kids. And we want there to be images in our home that help them learn about our Christian faith. We have tons of great and beautiful picture books about the saints but when it … [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...]