J1ST 023: On Gratitude

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Today’s episode is all about gratitude.  Yes, gratitude, even though we are now on the other side of Thanksgiving. I had originally recorded an episode on gratitude shortly before thanksgiving…but I forgot to save it and the episode was lost.  You’d think I’d know better by now.  Nope!  I …

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When it is a season of sadness and grief

This morning I found myself chocked suddenly with tears when “Away in a Manger” began to play on my Pandora Christmas channel. There were many tangled reasons behind those tears.  As I bent over a sink full of dishes and wept this morning, that simple, child-like song seemed to be the connecting point for so …

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Small Gifts, Great Love (shop review)

Thank you to Small Gifts, Great Love for providing the beautiful foil prints for this shop review!  All opinions are 100% my own! Hey friends! I am not, for good reason, a home decor blogger.  My house is not well organized or picture perfect, and I will likely never have a WHITE kitchen or shiplap …

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J1ST 022: On Still Being Here

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID A few days ago I wasn’t sure I would be publishing another post…or recording another podcast episode.  As you maybe already know, we lost our little Maximilian on Thanksgiving day, whom I had carried in my womb for 20 weeks.  Loosing a baby at 20 weeks is hard both …

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J1ST 021: Hardship and Peace

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there! Today’s episode is short and sweet, and gets at one of my serious struggles as a mom. It often feels like I am on an endless (and fruitless) quest to make my life at home raising kids just a little bit better.  Maybe if we stayed home …

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“Father Pine” Liturgical Activity

Hey there!  Stopping in today to share a little project with you that celebrates the beautiful liturgical seasons of our Church: Father Pine Liturgical Vestments.  The printable version of the vestments as well as detailed instructions for making the felt vestments is available for only $2.  Click HERE to get it! Never heard of “Father …

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The Liturgical Bundle! What’s Inside.

The 2018 Catholic Woman’s Companion will be available on November 1st!  Along with offering the planner, I have decided to offer (for only on week) a digital bundle of Liturgical Living materials.  I have had TONS of inquires about what is included in the liturgical living bundle, so I put together this post to walk …

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J1ST 020: The Holiness of Housework

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Housework is an unavoidable part of many of our days.  It is something we dread, and put off and force ourselves to just get through. But, housework can be much more than that. Housework is a call to and opportunity for Holiness. Although I struggle with this as well, …

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2018 Catholic Woman’s Companion Tour

Hey there! Going the traditional publishing route has it’s benefits, and it’s drawback–one of which is the possibility of delays.  During the creation process of this year’s Catholic Woman’s Companion there has been much blood, sweat, and tears, mostly shed over delays.  I had a great team to work with, but sometimes things just take …

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J1ST 019: Jennifer on Mercy Every Morning

  LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I love a good story of hope, healing, and mercy.  Thanks be to our good and gracious God, our faith is filled with them, but the message of continued hope and the redemptive power of suffering never gets old.  For this very reason I loved the interview I …

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J1ST 018: Genie on Music

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDRIOD Well hey there! Today episode is a fun one and features the wonderful Genie from Barefoot Abbey.  And Genie is here to inspire us all to bring more music into our lives, our families and our faith lives. Now, I love music, but if I’m being honest, my music …

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J1ST 018: Christina on Waiting

  LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there friends! Episode 18 of the Just One Small Thing Podcast is a great one, thanks entirely to my (very patient, because we went through quite the list of issues recording this!) friend Christina.  Christina joins me on the podcast to talk about waiting.  We discuss how …

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Sex is at the Heart of Everything

About two weeks ago over 300 ladies graduated from The Catholic Wife Academy when the 4 week course ended. It is not an exaggeration to say that this pilot class changed my life and my marriage. It is a powerful thing to be surrounded by women, most of whom I have never met, that are …

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J1ST 017: The Call to Obedience

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Well friends, I didn’t want to talk on this topic, but St. Mother Teresa made me. Episode 17 is all about Obedience.  Obedience in marriage, family, and our relationship with God. Now, obedience is not one of my favorite topics, likely because I still like to think of myself …

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When your life is very small

Each day we do a million things.  We do a million little, often futile, frustrating, dirty, tedious, and thankless things. We set out food, clean dishes, sweep floors, change diapers, pull weeds, pick up, drop off, walk dogs, comfort toddlers, brake-up fights, fold laundry, wipe counters, nurse babies, pump, pick-up toys, help with homework, read …

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J1ST 016: Dealing with Overwhelm

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I’m back!  I know that you set your lives by the release of my podcast episodes (ha!  so very kidding) and have been wondering why I have been so slow to release another episode.  Well, to know the answer to that question…you will have to listen to the first …

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Meaningful Play with Scripture Stackers

Full disclosure, I was compensated for this post, but I honestly LOVE this product, and would have shared it regardless. The following post includes affilate links.   I have a love hate relationship with toys in my house.  Or, rather, I mostly hate the toys we have around here.  I particularly hate toys with a …

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J1ST 015: A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Mass

  LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I have another podcast episode for you today, hot off the presses!  And this one is super practical.  It is A Catholic Mom’s Guide To Mass, if I can call my humble collection of thoughts and tips something as bold as that. Perhaps I should have called it, …

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