Two Big Announcements!

Friends! Are you here to find out the gender of our baby on the way?  Because it’s….announced at the end of this post. It has been a crazy 2016 for our little family.  Since January 3rd we have been out of our house, living with various family members, fighting off the flu, taking long road …

25 Lenten Resolutions for the Mother and Wife

Most of my Lenten resolutions fail–both miserably and quickly.  I have all of the excuses down and ready to use–we are moving, I’m pregnant, I’ve had a rough day with the kids…and before we are 2 steps into Lent I’m hiding out in the pantry cramming chocolate down my throat while the kids watch Netflix. …

Lenten Scripture Study–Join Me!

Calling all Mothers out there hoping to make this Lenten Season fruitful.  Join us!  A few dear friends and I pulled together a Scripture Study based on the ancient practice of lectio divina. And, Waiting in the Word, a Mother’s Lenten Journey is available! The Mother’s Bundle, which includes the study, a journal and a …

Lenten Bundle for Kids {3 printable activities}

Hello Friends! It’s been a real interesting couple of weeks in my world.  I’m getting to the point where I am starting to fight the “battle of the veins” in my legs with this pregnancy and have just rounded out 3 full weeks of solo parenting while living and sleeping in a variety of comfortable, …

Lenten Worksheets For Kids {Free Printable}

With Lent approaching I have been racking my brain to come up with a way to make Lent more meaningful for my children.  Sure, we make family resolutions, decorate the house, abstain from meat on Fridays and talk about the passion–but I wanted something else that could get the kids more actively involved in Lent. …

Realist Valentines For Your Husband {free PDF}

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon I can’t help but revert to my former pinterest-obsessed blogger self and create a few Free Valentine’s for you.  Well, okay, I made these mostly for myself, but I thought it would be fun to share them with you as well. Before I created these “Realistic Valentines” I did …

On Needing Lent

Lent will be here early this year: Ash Wednesday is February 10th.  I feel like I should be whining and stomping my feet, but in all honestly, I can’t wait.  I need Lent and I feel like I need it right now. Please don’t be confused.  I am not some sort of super human that …

On Roughhousing with Dad

Over the last few days I have come to a greater appreciation of my husband.  He is an amazing father, husband and friend, but being away from him as we navigate these strange days and weeks between houses and states has allowed me to see a bit more clearly the gaps in my abilities as …

Because My Worth is not Based on my Countertops

Getting a house ready to list and hopefully sell has been one of the most demoralizing, stressful and exhausting experiences of my life. I have never been deluded into thinking I live in a nicer house than I do.  Better Homes and Gardens were never going to come a-knocking and the idea of having any …

Printable Rosary Quiet Book

Over the course of my blogging career I’ve created a lot of things–patterns, printables, templates–but I am, by far, the most proud of the Rosary Quiet Book I created.  And here’s why.  Several months ago we started using the Rosary Quiet Books I made for my children each night before bedtime.  We only pray one …

The Gift of Long Friendships

This week has been a strange one.  Bill’s aunt and uncle have graciously taken us in while our house is on the market, and they have remained remarkably calm about the way we have destroyed their house and turned quiet evenings into screaming chaos.  But, this is just the first stop for us.  The kids …

Free 2016 Calendar

If you want to skip all my explanation and just grab the free 2016 Calendar, you can find it HERE. Hello friends! The holidays have been a wild ride this year.  Ours have been especially nuts due to an upcoming move to Kansas.  All of a sudden we are preparing our current house to be listed, …

A Month of Small Things for Mary–FREE eBOOK!

Take this month to honor Mary!  Get this FREE eBook packed with a month’s worth of crafts, patterns and coloring pages for Mom and child that all celebrate the beautiful Mother of God.  It’s totally free. But, before I dive into the book, here’s bit about why I created it. Today’s post has been in …

Why I Let People Buy My Kids Obnoxious Toys For Christmas

As a mom of soon to be 4 kids 5 and under I know a thing or two about toys. I know that toys can be a lifesaver.  Nearly every afternoon Gus spends an hour at his Lego table happily playing in silence while Bernadette and Dominic nap and I pray/do the dishes/clean/blog.  And that is …

We’re Moving! The shock, the prep and the adventure

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias Yes, big news around our household.  My husband accepted a job in Kansas this past Monday.  And, since we currently live outside of Minneapolis that means we are packing up our stuff and moving a couple of …

Custom Family Portrait Cross Stitch Pattern

With the year drawing to a close I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic.  During this phase of my life, when the babies seem to just keep coming and the kids just keep on growing, over the course of a year a lot happens.  After all, just 5 little years ago it was only 2 of …

On Having a Generous Heart

In college I wrote out a Bible verse in calligraphy and mailed it to a friend attending a college on the other side of the country.  Since she was Muslim, I was shocked when I came to visit 6 months later and found it hanging on her dorm wall, right above her bed.  When I …

Prayer and Being Haunted By Past Failures

Confession: Only once have I actually stuck with and completed a Scripture Study.  Only once. I have started countless Bible and Scripture Studies, embarked on several scheduled attempts to read the daily readings or dig into the lives of the saints or set aside dedicated time for prayer.  And every time, save one, I have failed. …

Geometric Greeting Cards with Brand Scotch Tape

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CraftAmazing #CollectiveBias There are certain things I want to get better at and one thing that has come to mind recently is being better about writing and sending cards.  I am always so touched when I get a handmade …

Waiting in the Word Advent Study–Available Today!

  It’s here–it’s finally time!  Today is the day our Advent Study for Mothers, Waiting in the Word, finally launches.  And I am so thrilled beyond words!  Not only has a whole lot of my time, sweat, tears and prayers gone into this study, but I really, truly and completely believe that this study, through …