This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 161


October is just THE BEST, isn't it? We got a few cool days and now it's back to your regularly scheduled Texas heat, but it's about to get crisp and lovely. I CAN FEEL IT. And the liturgical feasts this time of year are wonderful. We partied it up for Michaelmas (Feast of the Archangels), of course. We started with daily Mass. And did I mention that there's a parish JUST UP THE ROAD? … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 160 (Road Trip Edition!)


Every summer since I was born (save the summer I was pregnant with Benjamin) I've gone to my mom's family reunion in the North Carolina mountains. It's been even more special now that I get to bring my kids to the same mountain to explore, spend time with family, and enjoy the cool weather. Now that we're so far away in Texas, the special time with their grandparents is even more … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 159 (Moving Edition!)

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Happy weekend, sweet friends! I know I've been MIA for the past couple of weeks but when I tell you why you'll forgive me. So we'd planned to be moved out of our apartment at the farm this coming Monday, but after Daniel interviewed for a few positions that would require him to start work this Monday we realized that we'd have to rearrange our plans for visiting family in Florida. So basically, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 158

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This girl, y'all. If I had the energy she has in her little finger, my house would be so sparkling clean. It's been awhile since I shared a little Carrots fam update on the blog, so here. we. go. I figured we might as well get some homeschool in because it's too dang hot to play outside when you're not in the pool. So I've been reading aloud from a Greek mythology book and The Jungle … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 157 (Gwen’s Birthday!)


A TWM on a THURSDAY, you ask? I know. What are things coming to! But I didn't do one last Friday because we were all sick AND prepping for the 10th anniversary party of my dreams and Gwen's 3rd birthday. So, mea culpa. I was overwhelmed, emotional, and down and out with a cold (it was a super fun week to be around me!). So here we are. Almost a week late. Ta da! After a week of being stuck … [Read more...]

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...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 155 (“Name That Saint” Edition)

Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definite Guide to Sorting the Saints!

We are having an awesome weekend with some of our best friends who made the long trek from Florida to stay on the farm with us for a couple of days. We live....ahem...simply out here and since our apartment is tiny, the only place we have to put people up is what's called "The Nicaragua House" which is modeled after one room homes in third world countries. The farm has a third world poverty … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 154 (First Holy Communion Edition!)

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photo by Andrea Dahm The big news around these parts is that this handsome dude received his First Holy Communion last Saturday night. It was one of the best days of my life and definitely a red letter day in parenthood. Since I'm a convert, it's all new to me to go through this process with a child, but oh so special! Seven has been a great age so far. Benjamin has always been a … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 153 (Easter and more!)

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Spring is absolutely flying by, friends! Let's hit the high points. We're trying to buy a house here in Texas! I already shared the news with the Carrots newsletter subscribers (psst! sign up if you want to get secret posts I don't share on the blog). It's been pretty stressful but our offer was accepted and there's no expected complications. So if all continues to go well, we'll have … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 152 (New bangs! And piglets!)

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It has been a muddy, muddy week. It's been raining since Monday and I just refuse to bother mopping the floors until things dry up because it's just futile with the munchkins around. Gwen insists on stomping in EVERY puddle. Girl is not afraid of getting dirty. And check out those bangs! I was sick of seeing her hair in her face and in her food. Here's a before shot: They were making a … [Read more...]