Motherhood

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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When your life is very small

Each day we do a million things.  We do a million little, often futile, frustrating, dirty, tedious, and thankless things. We set out food, clean dishes, sweep floors, change diapers, pull weeds, pick up, drop off, walk dogs, comfort toddlers, brake-up fights, fold laundry, wipe counters, nurse babies, pump, pick-up toys, help with homework, read …

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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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J1ST 015: A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Mass

  LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I have another podcast episode for you today, hot off the presses!  And this one is super practical.  It is A Catholic Mom’s Guide To Mass, if I can call my humble collection of thoughts and tips something as bold as that. Perhaps I should have called it, …

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J1ST 014: Katie on Catholic Support of Mothers

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Today’s episode is beautiful.  That is just a fact. Katie Wood of The Joyful Leap joins me on today’s episode and you are going to be captivated and motivated by the beauty of what she has to share.  I certainly was.  Our conversation covers the topics of Motherhood, Marriage, …

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J1ST 012: The Little Way of Motherhood

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there my friends! I’m back today with another installment of the Just One Small Thing Podcast.  I’m flying solo, but I came armed with one of my favorite Saints, St. Therese of Lisieux.  Perhaps you have noticed that I sort of have a thing for her 😉 For …

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Over 30 Ideas to Memorialize Your Miscarriage

A miscarriage offers many lessons. When I lost a baby in May of 2015 I learned about grief, about marriage, about surrender and suffering and isolation and, in a profound way, I have learned that heaven is real and not that far away. I also learned, through the generous sharing of many, that miscarriages are …

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J1ST 009: The Importance of FRIENDSHIP as a Mom

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there! Today’s podcast features the charm and brilliance of my good friend (both and and off life) Nell from http://www.wholeparentingfamily.com.  And the topic under discussion: The importance of friendships as a mom. Over the last couple weeks it started to become clear to me that I needed to …

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Control and Surrender: J1ST 005

LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID A new podcast locked and loaded for you.  This one tackles yet another one of my (our) struggles: the desire to control and the need to surrender. This podcast is, once again, just me.  I do have some lovely women lined up to be on the podcast, but I …

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Catholic Wife Survey {and giveaway!}

Hey there friends!  Today, I need your help.  My latest project is all about serving Catholic Married Women, so, if you are indeed both married and Catholic, I BEG you to take a short (two questions) survey. And, just to sweeten the deal, I plan to give away a SAINT CROSS STITCH BOOK and CUSTOM …

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Just One Small Thing [the podcast is live]

So, this weekend my niece asked me, “Aunt Nancy, how many projects do you have going on right now?” and without missing a beat my sister and husband chimed in, in unison, “TOO MANY!” IT’S TRUE!  IT’S TRUE!  BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT! Since I narrowed my focus in the past years to serving …

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A Mother’s Call to Greatness

Most days it feels plain ludicrous that I have the audacity to blog and blab about motherhood, faith, life and love. Days when I get so frustrated with Gus that I’m a red-faced screaming banshee by 9am.  Days when we are 10 minutes late…and only 3 of the 4 kids have shoes on.  Days when my …

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The Only Advice I have for New Moms

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SuperAbsorbent #CollectiveBias You know when you are at at baby shower and they pass out those cute index cards with the instructions to “write down one bit of wisdom for the new mom”?  Have you done that before? …

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The Power of Writing It Down

I am a compulsive list maker.  Compulsive. Each morning–and then a few more times before the end of the day–I make a to-do list the old school way, with a pen on actual paper.  I put everything on these lists, including “make bed” and “take a shower” because, yes, I am the type of person …

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Our Fertility Stories

The bathroom door clicked shut behind me, and I was alone.  The nurses were finally allowing me to shower four hours after delivering little Josie.  My legs were a little wobbly, my mid-section looked and felt like silly putty, but with the hot water pounding down on me, I started to process all that had …

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

**Quick Note**  My husband and I use this PRINTABLE AGENDA, which allows us to reconnect in a POWERFUL way.  Get it here: 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?” …

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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 …

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