Survey Says: What is Your Biggest Struggle as a Wife?

Welcome to the third and final installment of the reader survey results.  This might be my favorite.  The question over 250 readers responded to was, “What is your biggest struggle as a wife?” Once again, a big thank you to all the women that responded.  Your answers were deep, vulnerable and honest.  And, I could …

Survey Says: What Is Your Biggest Struggle as a Mother?

Welcome back for part two of the reader survey results.  Today I’m trying to make sense of the over 250 women that responded to the questions: What is my biggest struggle as a mother? Before I dive into the results, I want to talk generally for a minute.  I had a bit more difficulty summing …

Survey Says: Homemaking Results

A week ago I created my first reader survey and, with fingers crossed, I sent it out into the world.  I didn’t check the results for 3 days, terrified that no would take the time to answer the survey and I would be forced to write this post based on the feedback of my sisters …

Building an On-line Business Through the Baby Years: Finding the Time

Time.  There never, ever is enough of it.  And then a baby comes along and it gets worse, much worse. The number one questions I get from people over email and in person is, “how do you find the time?”  How do I find the time to take care of 4 kids and run a …

Guardian Angel Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Each and every night Bill and I pray with the kids before they go to sleep.  We usually say a decade of the rosary, most of the time we deal with at least one behavior issue, very often Bernadette has to be reminded not to pray for inanimate objects, but we always, always pray the …

Reader Survey {$25 Amazon Giveaway}

Thank you to all who took the survey!  It is now closed and the giveaway is over. Friends! I have been loving the feedback and support I’ve received the last couple weeks on the new Saint Patterns.  Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?  How amazing that I can share my little hobbies and projects with …

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 …