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 …

Crucifixion Craft: Cross Stitch and Perler Bead Pattern

Hello Friends! Well, it’s the season for religious crafting around here.  Holy Week with a brood of little ones means a little less time for quiet prayer and a few more (hopefully) meaningful crafts as a family.  For my children, at least, the crucifixion is a difficult thing to understand and I’m not sure even …

Prayer as the Legacy of Motherhood

This morning I attending the first of what will be a weekly Bible Study at my new parish here in Kansas.  It is a ten week study on the Eucharist.  Amazing topic, well put together study…but I was there because of the childcare and in the hope that I could meet other women just like me: catholic moms …

Kiss Me–Free Saint Patrick’s Day Cross Stitch Pattern

Even though I (sadly) don’t have a speck of Irish blood flowing in my veins, I do love St. Patrick’s Day.  I love dressing up, an excuse to drink beer on a weekday and just all the Irish fun that comes with this feast day.  My mom shared this love with me since her beloved sister Mary‘s …

Free Alleluia Cross Stitch Pattern for Easter

One of the most enjoyable parts of blogging for me is being able to meet people with whom I have so much in common.  Yesterday’s post on the sickness of pregnancy certainly brought this into focus, but on a much more casual level, through the blog I have met other cross stitch lovers–and that is so fun. …

On the Sickness of Pregnancy

Bernadette’s new favorite thing is to force her brother to play house with her.  Gus is usually lost in his own make-believe world (pirates, auror, random Star Wars guy) but she persists in her game just the same, declaring that she is the mom, he is the dad and Dominic is their baby.  And then …

Life with Kids: Living in the Mess

Most days I feel like I’m walking in circles.  Take a dish out, put it away.  Send the kids outside, usher them back in.  Wipe a nose, wipe another.  Make a bed, tuck a kid in.  Read a book, read it again.  Take out a puzzle, put it away.  Make a meal, beg the kids …

To the Mom Who’s Feeling Burntout

Lately I’m been pondering how exactly one recharges as a mom.  When our tanks are empty, how are they filled?  When we have reached the end of our rope with the kids and the house and ourselves, how do we find the peace and strength to grab hold and try again? I’ve been pondering for myself …

Free First Holy Communion Cross Stitch Patterns

Hello and happy Tuesday! I have a fun little project to share with you today that is 100% reader inspired:  A Free First Holy Communion Cross Stitch Pattern.  It’s simple, it’s small and, in my opinion, quite cute.  So, if you have a little one in your life making their First Holy Communion this year, use this pattern to …