Fall Leaves Embroidery Hoop Art

fall leaves embroidery hoop art

Well, all of a sudden it’s fall here.  2 weeks ago we were sweating and miserable, and now I am dressing the kids in winter coats.  What happened?  I guess that’s just life in Minnesota. Although I am (admittedly) throwing myself a where-did-summer-go pity party I am trying to get excited about fall–and my favorite […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: NFP and My Conversion


Today’s post in the Choosing to be Open to Life series comes from Anna at The Hearts Overflow.   There are so many things that I love about the Catholic faith: the different church seasons, Gregorian chant, vestments, holy hours – but one of my very favorite things is that the Catholic Church cares so much about […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Leaving Contraception Behind


Today Jenny from Life in a Cookie Jar and Real Housekeeping is here to share on choosing to be open to life. (NB: In the interest of full disclosure, my husband and I are Protestants who are about to start the lengthy process of RCIA, the end result of which is becoming members of the […]

Nativity Characters Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Nativity Characters Cross Stitch Pattern

So, a few days ago I posted a Halloween cross stitch pattern and I apologized about jumping ahead to that holiday.  Well, today I’m jumping even further ahead–to Christmas with this Nativity Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  And, to be blunt, I am in love with this little project.  As my husband can attest I […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: How God Led Us to Adopt

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Rita and her husband, John, have two sons, ages 6 and 4, both born in China and adopted as toddlers. You can find her writing about adoption, infertility, living as a Catholic family, and balancing a full-time job with motherhood at Open Window. Our sons were born on the other side of the world.   […]

Halloween Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

Halloween Characters cross stitch pattern

Well, it’s September, so that means Halloween, right?  According to the stores and pinterest that certainly seems to the case. And, although I hate that summer is suddenly over and we have moved onto all things fall, I am sharing a Halloween project today: Halloween Character Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  I’m sharing it this early […]

On the Go with Huggies Little Movers

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This post brought to you by Huggies® Little Movers. All opinions are 100% mine. I have a confession.  Although I get my kids fully dressed each and every morning, most days by lunch time they are wearing little more than diapers and underware.  And, we are usually outside, even dressed like this.  Back before kids […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Why I No Longer Ask How Many Kids I’m Going to Have (Or Others, for That Matter)


Today Nell from Whole Parenting Family is here to share on Choosing to be Open to Life. This article first appeared back in December 2013 at Whole Parenting Family. Since then, I have had my third and now (gasp) is still open to more kiddos. Crazy!  This is a common question when friends & family […]

St. Therese Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

therese counted cross stitch pattern

Well, it’s a thrilling day around the blog–I have a guest post/crafter, of sorts today.  In the past I have featured my niece Mary’s crafty creations, but today I am sharing the embroidery work of my niece Therese.  She stitched up a pattern I made of her patron saint: St. Therese Counted Cross Stitch Pattern. […]

On Choosing to be Open to Life: What It Means to be Open


Today’s post in the Choosing to be Open to Life Series is written by Mandi, a fabulous former blogger with a beautiful story. Being “open to life” is about so much more than contraception and procreation. It is not just about new life in the form of a child but about being open to living life fully […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Why We Owe Our Babies to NFP


Today Laura from Mothering Spirit is here to share On Choosing to be Open to Life. This is the story we share twice a year before a crowd of 100 perfect strangers. (Most of whom have no desire to hear what we’re about to say.) This is the story we tell, perched on bar stools […]

Modern Apple Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

modern apple counted cross stitch pattern

  Hello!  I have another cross stitch pattern for you today: Modern Apple Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  Perfect for teacher appreciation gifts!  In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a cross stitch kick lately and I am really in love with colorful projects that let me show off all the pretty […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: Open and Waiting


Annery is the work-from-home wife of Hubby (10 years) and mother of two girls, LB (age 9) and SP (age 2).  She writes at Annery at Home, where she shares about family, faith, fertility, and fostering. My openness wasn’t always so.  Over the last decade, God has refined me in fire.  He has purified my […]

Bride and Groom Cross Stitch #3

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I have shared a few bride and groom cross stitch projects, but I have saved the best for last–me and my husband!  And, no offence to my sisters, but I think mine turned out the best!  I am so excited to share it with you, especially since it’s August and in just a few short […]

Choosing to be Open to LIfe: Why I Don’t Do NFP


Today Kendra from Catholic All Year is here with a refreshingly honest look at NFP, big family and blessings.  She originally shared this post on her blog back in May of 2013. And I don’t just mean because I’m pregnant, I mean I don’t do it ever (anymore).  Not to worry, I don’t do anything […]

Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

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Well, I’ve been stitching again.  This time I’ve made a Unicorn Counted Cross Stitch Pattern.  And, I think I might be totally in love with it.  What’s better than a unicorn?  A cross stitched unicorn, that’s what! Before I dive into the project and share the free pattern I just wanted say a word about […]

The Art of Mom Photography: 5 Simple Tips for Better Photos

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Lately, I have noticed a lot of fancy DSLR cameras out there.  Go to the zoo, fair, park, anywhere and it seems that nearly everyone has invested in a nice camera.  Or, every parent that is.  It seems like parents are just obsessed with taking picture of their kids! Okay, I admit it.  I am one […]

Choosing to be Open to Life: On Having more Kids

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Just after you have a baby people ask all sorts of interesting questions.  Questions about pooping and labor and the details of breastfeeding.  By and large, however, one of the most common questions I field is, “So, are you guys going to have more kids?” I laugh when asked this question.  (well, in those first […]

Frozen Raisin and Cashew Energy Balls

raisin cashew energy ball recipe

Hello!  Today we are celebrating one of the simple, sweet things that my family enjoys every day–California Raisins–with a yummy little snack, Frozen Raisin and Cashew Energy Balls.  The perfect snack for both the kids and me, we eat raisins all the time.  They are deliciously sweet and have zero fat, no cholesterol and no added […]

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

St. Kateri cross stitch pattern

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a cross stitch mood, have you noticed?  And here I go again with St. Kateri Tekawitha Counted Cross Stitch Pattern. I love all types of embroidery, but I have a special place in my hear for cross stitch.  It is the first type of embroidery I ever did […]