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J1ST 022: On Still Being Here

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID A few days ago I wasn’t sure I would be publishing another post…or recording another podcast episode.  As you maybe already know, we lost our little Maximilian on Thanksgiving day, whom I had carried in my womb for 20 weeks.  Loosing a baby at 20 weeks is hard both …

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J1ST 021: Hardship and Peace

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there! Today’s episode is short and sweet, and gets at one of my serious struggles as a mom. It often feels like I am on an endless (and fruitless) quest to make my life at home raising kids just a little bit better.  Maybe if we stayed home …

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The Liturgical Bundle! What’s Inside.

The 2018 Catholic Woman’s Companion will be available on November 1st!  Along with offering the planner, I have decided to offer (for only on week) a digital bundle of Liturgical Living materials.  I have had TONS of inquires about what is included in the liturgical living bundle, so I put together this post to walk …

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J1ST 018: Genie on Music

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDRIOD Well hey there! Today episode is a fun one and features the wonderful Genie from Barefoot Abbey.  And Genie is here to inspire us all to bring more music into our lives, our families and our faith lives. Now, I love music, but if I’m being honest, my music …

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J1ST 017: The Call to Obedience

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Well friends, I didn’t want to talk on this topic, but St. Mother Teresa made me. Episode 17 is all about Obedience.  Obedience in marriage, family, and our relationship with God. Now, obedience is not one of my favorite topics, likely because I still like to think of myself …

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J1ST 016: Dealing with Overwhelm

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I’m back!  I know that you set your lives by the release of my podcast episodes (ha!  so very kidding) and have been wondering why I have been so slow to release another episode.  Well, to know the answer to that question…you will have to listen to the first …

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The JESUS TREE: Lenten Scripture Activity

Friends!  I have been dreaming and thinking about this JESUS TREE for about 2 years now–and today is finally the day I share it with you! <<happy dance!!>>  There are few things I love more than dreaming something up, making it a reality and then, finally, sharing it with the people I love right here. …

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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 …

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Why We All Need To Be Part of a Community

Raising little kids is much too hard to do alone.  Much.  In order to survive all of the tantrums and growing pains I need my husband, my sisters, my mother, and more and more, my friends. My husband and I are blessed to be part of a wonderful group of Catholic families.  We’ve known these …

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Bride and Groom Cross Stitch #3

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 …

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On Having a 3rd

I am considering drafting a letter that I can have at the ready every time I head to the grocery store, park, lake, community center, you know, anywhere were there are other people. The letter would say something like this: Yes, they are all mine. Yes, I am busy. They are each about 18 months …

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Cross Stitch Family Portrait #2 {free pattern}

And, I’m back with another cross stitch family portrait!  There was a time when I used to post of this little blog EVERY DAY.  (Every day!) and now, I’m lucky if I get something up here once a week.  Oh well.  You might have guessed, but it is actually very difficult to type/stitch/edit/anything with a …

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Our family of 5

It has been a summer full of blessings around here.  A little over a month ago we welcomed our third child, Dominic.  He is a sweet little boy, much loved by his older brother and sister.  He loves to nurse and snuggle on my shoulder.  He has wonderfully soft, kissable cheeks–with a cute little dimple …

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Recognizing Miracles

Before I get back into the real business of blogging around here, I have a little personal Christmas miracle I’d like to share, if you will indulge me… I can not deny that I live a very blessed life.  From my husband to my children, my parents, my siblings, friends, our home…the blessings are overwhelming. …

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Pro-Life Embroidery (Confetti Stitch)

Although it’s late in coming, today we are (finally) celebrating October, Pro-Life month with a little confetti embroidery!  Because being pro-life does not meas simply fighting against all that is destructive to life (although it certainly includes this) it also means celebrating life in all stages.  Life is good, just like God is good.  I …

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Photo Tips: Taking a Photo Shoot

Well, it’s Sunday, so I’m back with some photo tips.  One picture is never enough.  Never–especially when the babies are cute and there is mud involved.  I learned well from my mom that when the scene is set you need to start taking pictures–and keep taking picture until things have totally fallen apart.  And so, …

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Layered Embroidered Name

Hello, hello!  I’m back with (another) embroidery project.  This one uses statin stitch to make a memorable hand-stitched wall hanging.  I originally shared this over at One Artsy Mama, but am excited to share it here.  I made this for my newest nephew.  There are just three basic steps: Trace, Stitch, Trim. Supplies: Fabric for background …

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