Pray for Us Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Friends! Once again your love of the saints, your friendship and your support has blown me away.  BLOWN ME AWAY !  So many of you not only raved about the new 33 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch I send out into the world last week, but actually bought them.  How fun is that?  (PS–they are …

113 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch–Get Only The Ones You Need!

It’s true.  I’ve made A LOT of saint cross stitch patterns.  A LOT.  I’ve had a ton of fun doing it but the real reason that I keep making more and more saints in cross stitch is because of all of you.  Sure, it’s fun to sell a pattern but it is infinitely more fun …

33 More Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch {the last installment}

Friends–I have more cross stitch saint patterns to share with you today–33 of them to be exact.  Once again, I had a blast putting these patterns together, and I wish I could have made more.  Over the last 2 weeks I have been taking requests for saints to make in cross stitch from my newsletter …

4 Kitchen Hacks for Life with a Newborn

There are things I love about the newborn days and things I don’t love.  I love kissing those soft checks, nursing, watching the baby fit seamlessly into the family.  It’s such a miracle. I don’t, however, love cooking and cleaning during these days.  Josie is a sweet baby, but there are periods of the day, …

Pope Francis on Mercy {free pattern}

Friends. This weekend both my husband and I found ourselves in a funk, as I’m sure many of you found yourselves.  The news of such hate in Orlando struck such a terrible cord.  I feel like we all took a collective sigh of “again?” As the days pass I feel like we are all looking …

3 Benefits of NOT Spacing Your Kids

When we moved to Kansas this winter we were worried about the summer heat and thus far we have not been disappointed.  It’s been well above 90 for days on end already.  My husband and I keep looking at each other and saying, “and it’s only early June!” as we imagine the heat possibilities of …

Colorful Salt Dough Handprints

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie Paint Marker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpiePaintCreate http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Not to sound too clique, but time really does fly when you are having babies.  And not only that, but a year feels so much more …

Growing An On-Line Business Through the Baby Years: It’s All About Building Passive Income Streams

Let’s keep talking about blogging through the baby years.  Today we are plunging into making money in the best possible way–through passive income streams. First though, if you’ve missed it, I’ve already posted twice on blogging through the baby years.  First I explained why I put all this time and effort into building an online …

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 …