Faith

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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On Needing Lent

Lent will be here early this year: Ash Wednesday is February 10th.  I feel like I should be whining and stomping my feet, but in all honestly, I can’t wait.  I need Lent and I feel like I need it right now. Please don’t be confused.  I am not some sort of super human that …

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Printable Rosary Quiet Book

Over the course of my blogging career I’ve created a lot of things–patterns, printables, templates–but I am, by far, the most proud of the Rosary Quiet Book I created.  And here’s why.  Several months ago we started using the Rosary Quiet Books I made for my children each night before bedtime.  We only pray one …

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A Month of Small Things for Mary–FREE eBOOK!

Take this month to honor Mary!  Get this FREE eBook packed with a month’s worth of crafts, patterns and coloring pages for Mom and child that all celebrate the beautiful Mother of God.  It’s totally free.  Just sign up and it will be delivered directly to your inbox! But, before I dive into the book, …

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On Having a Generous Heart

In college I wrote out a Bible verse in calligraphy and mailed it to a friend attending a college on the other side of the country.  Since she was Muslim, I was shocked when I came to visit 6 months later and found it hanging on her dorm wall, right above her bed.  When I …

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Prayer and Being Haunted By Past Failures

Confession: Only once have I actually stuck with and completed a Scripture Study.  Only once. I have started countless Bible and Scripture Studies, embarked on several scheduled attempts to read the daily readings or dig into the lives of the saints or set aside dedicated time for prayer.  And every time, save one, I have failed. …

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