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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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“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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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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To Catholic Wives

Ladies, I have been thinking about you a lot lately.  Thinking about what you need, what you want, what you think and what you are. And by you, of course, I mean us. What do we as Catholic Wives need to be better wives? This question has been boiling inside of me for some time …

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J1ST 010 On Saying the Hard Words

  LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Well, it was bound to happen at some point.  In episode 010 of the podcast I cry for what I’m sure will be the first of many times.  I’m a crier, after all.  And the most awkward part?  I don’t have a guest on.  Yup, it’s just me, …

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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 …

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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? …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Lenten Bundle for Kids {3 printable activities}

Hello Friends! It’s been a real interesting couple of weeks in my world.  I’m getting to the point where I am starting to fight the “battle of the veins” in my legs with this pregnancy and have just rounded out 3 full weeks of solo parenting while living and sleeping in a variety of comfortable, …

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Lenten Worksheets For Kids {Free Printable}

With Lent approaching I have been racking my brain to come up with a way to make Lent more meaningful for my children.  Sure, we make family resolutions, decorate the house, abstain from meat on Fridays and talk about the passion–but I wanted something else that could get the kids more actively involved in Lent. …

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