Growing an On-Line Business Through the Baby Years: What I Do and Don’t Do

The greatest piece of advice I can give any mom venturing into online business is this: Do what you like and forget about the rest.  Seriously, forget about it.  Don’t waste your time on social media platforms you don’t enjoy, writing about topics you aren’t that into or working with people you aren’t jiving with. …

St. Josephine Bakhita Cross Stitch Pattern (free!)

Well, it is a little bananas around here at the moment.  We got back from a whirlwind trip back to Minnesota on Sunday night which allowed us some wonderful time with family and friends.  Monday and Tuesday my husband stayed home and allowed me to take Josie to a doctor’s appointment without the rest of …

Growing an On-Line Business Through the Baby Years: Why I Do It

Most nights you will find me seated on the couch, feet up, laptop open and working away on this little on-line business I started, taking breaks to nurse a baby as needed.  And generally, I am loving every minute of it.  I started this blog 4 years ago now, without the hope of making a …

How To Survive Labor WITHOUT Painkillers

Since Josephine was born I have been flooded with comments and questions about the laboring process.  Over a year ago I wrote this post about the importance of Pain in Childbirth, and because of that I made it clear that I had once again avoided using painkillers while giving birth, not because I’m tough, but …

Tending to Our Marriages

Married friends.  When was the last time that you did something for your marriage?  Something more than a date night?  Something more than holding your husband’s hand as you walked into mass?  When was the last time you sat and prayerfully reflected on those beautiful promises you made to each other on your wedding day? …

Welcome Josephine

I have never shared one of my birth stories before, and I don’t plan on getting into all of the details, but here is a little bit about how our Josephine made her appearance earlier this week. On Tuesday we welcomed Josepine Frances to the clan–which was a bit of a surprise to everyone, me …

The Most Powerful Moment of My Marriage

There is nothing like the birth of that first baby, and the powerful transition from couple to parents.  I wasn’t prepared for it.  Yet, through all the gore and confusion and pain of childbirth there is one moment, even 5 years ago now, that is so vivid I cannot deny that is remains one of …

St. Isidore the Farmer Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Well, lately I have been missing the farm.  This year, for the 1st time ever, I didn’t make it down to the farm for calving.  I griped about my husband’s previous job that sent him on many long business trips, but with that job the kids and I enjoyed a lot of time down on …

Free Printable Mini School Scrapbook

Confession–I am not a scrapbooker.  Not at all.  I upload the family pictures I take to a very simple blog to share them with family…and that is about it.  I take tons of pictures but it is pretty rare that any of those pictures ever get developed.  And yet I really wanted something small and …

26 FREE Catholic Coloring Pages

I am so excited to share these 26 FREE Catholic Coloring Pages with you today!  Yay!  There is a different coloring sheet for each letter of the alphabet.  Get them all for free HERE! Coloring is a daily activity in my house and when I can, I am right there coloring with my kids.  I …

Twinkle Twinkle Baby Announcement Cross Stitch Pattern

Hi Friends! Today marks the month mark from my due date, and although it feels like a month too long, I woke up this morning with the beginning stages of nesting.  Granted I haven’t actually done anything yet to make the home ready for our baby girl, unless you count making a few lists, BUT, …

On Being Pro-Life and Hugely Pregnant

Never do I feel like more a of billboard for life choices than when I’m nearly full-term pregnant.  What was cute a few months ago has become a spectacle.  I can’t fit places or bend easily.  Mostly I’m just huffing and puffing around these days.  Add in 3 other kids I’m lugging through the grocery …

20 Old Testament Characters in Cross Stitch

Who is ready for some more Cross Stitch Character fun?  I certainly am! After the success of my 40 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch and 21 More Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch I have gotten numerous requests for other characters in cross stitch.  I have a list of saints I am working through (coming soon, …

A Child’s Mary Garden (with free printable statues)

Well, it’s spring here in Kansas.  I guess it’s actually been spring for a while.  Last weekend we filled up the sandbox and we’ve already spent so much time swinging in the backyard that Gus has master pumping (yay!). I’ve been meaning to plant some flowers but our yard here in Kansas is very small …

5 Reasons Why I Always Sit and Eat With My Kids

Meals at my house can be miserable.  Lunch more than any other.  One kid hates what I’ve put in front of him, one wants to sit on my lap and smear applesauce all over me and the other has chosen now to fall off her chair and suffer (it seems) yet another mortal injury.  When …

Paper Mary Dolls {free printable}

Hi Friends! It’s spring big-time around here.  The grass is nearly florescent, the trees are covered in blooms and all of a sudden tulips are bursting open.  Since I always loved May Crowning as a kid, flowers get me thinking about Mary, even now as an adult.  So, in preparation of that–and because it’s just …

Mass Quiet Book–Pattern and Printable–On Sale Today!

Friends–It’s one of my favorite types of days here on the blog: a pattern release day and today I am sharing my MASS QUIET BOOKS with you all!  I love blogging and crafting and all that goes with it, but more than anything I LOVE when I send my creations out into the world and …

A Few Bump Pictures…From a Girl Who Hates Bump Pictures

And as a real departure from things I am comfortable with, here are some bump pictures.  After several requests from family and blog readers alike, I forced the camera into my husband’s hands after Mass, marched into the backyard and posed awkwardly for a few shots showing my bump, belly, whatever. I am 33 weeks …

Mothering in the Now

A few days back I happened upon my two oldest (4 and 3 years old) busy at work in my bathroom mixing some “Polyjuice Potion”.  They were quite proud of the pink lumpy concoction and offered it to me saying, “We made this for you, mommy.  Now you can turn into whatever you like!” Sweet, …

Jelly Bean Prayer–Free Tags for Easter

Candy is a part of Easter around here, it just is.  Do I wish my kids liked candy less?  Yes.  (Do I wish I liked candy less, yes), but I grew up with Easter baskets brimming with candy and my kids are growing up the same way.  In fact, as we talk about the passion …