Choosing to be Open to Life: Tips for Starting NFP


Today we have a non-blogger, Lindsay, here to share tips for starting NFP.  Please, make her feel welcome!   I have really loved reading Nancy’s “Being Open to Life” series, because it has highlighted some amazing stories of adoption, infertility, openness to children, and God’s plan for marriage and family life. Many of the stories […]

Felt Owl Coin Purse (with hidden closure)

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Okay, prepare yourselves.  Today’s project–Felt Owl Coin Purse with Hidden Closure–is so cute that it might actually overwhelm you if you aren’t ready.  I mean really, aren’t they cute?  I’m a little obsessed with these little guys.  After I stitched they up I actually turned to my husband and squealed, demanding “aren’t they the cutest?” […]

I love fall…

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We took a walk yesterday afternoon…and it was almost magical…       Dominic at 4 months.   THE shot.   And then we headed back home.   Nancy

Nativity Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

Nativity Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

Today I am stopping by just briefly to share a new pattern I’m offering in my etsy shop: Nativity Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern.  This pattern, like many in my etsy shop, is only $2 and will begin to download instantly once the transaction is complete.  So, if you are looking for a sweet little something […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Worth the Risk?


Today’s post on Choosing to be Open to Life comes from Katie who blogs over at Raising Young Ones.   Making a Cursillo weekend 7 months before we were set to be married was the “kick in the butt” my fiancé and I needed to understand the beauty and responsibility we had in living out our Catholic faith.  […]

15 Spooky Halloween Crafts

15 spooky Halloween Crafts

It’s time to get the house, the kids and the classroom ready for Halloween with these 15 spooky Halloween Crafts.  There is something here for everyone–with Halloween projects for those that love to crochet, stitch, paint, glue, edit or just print! Who out there loves Halloween?  Well, I certainly do.  Although it is not my […]

Halloween Kitty Cross Stitch Pattern

halloween kitty cross stitch pattern

Hello friends!  I’ve been stitching again and have added a new listing to my etsy shop: Halloween Kitty Modern Cross Stitch Pattern. Well, I am (for the time being) still giving etsy a try.  I have had 3 official sales–which is better than none!  At the moment I am trying to build my pattern library […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: 5 Ways We Bring Life to Our Marriage

5 ways we bring life to our marriage

Today’s post in the Choosing to be Open to Life is from Cassie from Kent Heartstings.  Read, and learn from her. I am very nervous and excited to share my heart with you today! Super stoked about being invited by Nancy, from Do Small Small Things With Love to be a part of this series. Please […]

You are Officially a Stay At Home Mom When…

you are officially stay at home mom when

I’m a stay-at-home-mom and have been for over 3 years.  However, for a while there I was just a mom who quit teaching because, where I live at least, daycare costs made my income laughable.  And so, I was home full time. It took me awhile–a couple of years–to really understand what it meant to […]

On This Season Of Motherhood

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It was 10am, and already the day had been long.  We had been late to swimming lessons, all three kids had snot running down their faces, breakfast was still sitting on the table, my daughter had removed her diaper and peed all over the kitchen, the baby had yet to be put down for a […]

Lego Man Embroidery Hoop Art

Lego Embroidery Hoop Art

Ready for an AWESOME felt project today?  Great!  Here is a fun Lego Man Embroidery Hoop Art that you can stitch up and complete in a matter of minutes. My son is OBSESSED with legos–and the Lego Movie.  So, I thought that this would be a fun addition to our playroom. Well, we live in […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Learning the Hard Way

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Today’s post in the Choosing to be Open to Life Series is written by Christina from A Catholic Reversal. Our reversion story is the best way I can tell you how we came to be open to life.  We had to learn the hard way, by almost losing our fertility permanently.  Through the grace of God and a […]

Pumpkin Embroidery

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So, I’ve been stitching again.  Shocked?  Today I will share a little Pumpkin Embroidery. Since it is officially fall, and officially chilly around here, I am in a pumpkin frame of mind.  For a while now I have been thinking about stitching up a pumpkin…and falling a little flat.  I mean the shape of a […]

Fall Leaves Embroidery Hoop Art

fall leaves embroidery hoop art

Well, all of a sudden it’s fall here.  2 weeks ago we were sweating and miserable, and now I am dressing the kids in winter coats.  What happened?  I guess that’s just life in Minnesota. Although I am (admittedly) throwing myself a where-did-summer-go pity party I am trying to get excited about fall–and my favorite […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: NFP and My Conversion


Today’s post in the Choosing to be Open to Life series comes from Anna at The Hearts Overflow.   There are so many things that I love about the Catholic faith: the different church seasons, Gregorian chant, vestments, holy hours – but one of my very favorite things is that the Catholic Church cares so much about […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Leaving Contraception Behind


Today Jenny from Life in a Cookie Jar and Real Housekeeping is here to share on choosing to be open to life. (NB: In the interest of full disclosure, my husband and I are Protestants who are about to start the lengthy process of RCIA, the end result of which is becoming members of the […]

Nativity Characters Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Nativity Characters Cross Stitch Pattern

So, a few days ago I posted a Halloween cross stitch pattern and I apologized about jumping ahead to that holiday.  Well, today I’m jumping even further ahead–to Christmas with this Nativity Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  And, to be blunt, I am in love with this little project.  As my husband can attest I […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: How God Led Us to Adopt

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Rita and her husband, John, have two sons, ages 6 and 4, both born in China and adopted as toddlers. You can find her writing about adoption, infertility, living as a Catholic family, and balancing a full-time job with motherhood at Open Window. Our sons were born on the other side of the world.   […]

Halloween Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Halloween Characters cross stitch pattern

Well, it’s September, so that means Halloween, right?  According to the stores and pinterest that certainly seems to the case. And, although I hate that summer is suddenly over and we have moved onto all things fall, I am sharing a Halloween project today: Halloween Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  I’m sharing it this early […]

On the Go with Huggies Little Movers

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This post brought to you by Huggies® Little Movers. All opinions are 100% mine. I have a confession.  Although I get my kids fully dressed each and every morning, most days by lunch time they are wearing little more than diapers and underware.  And, we are usually outside, even dressed like this.  Back before kids […]