Holiday Characters in Cross Stitch

Everything is cuter in cross stitch.  It’s a fact.  And you know what we all need during these dark political times–more cute (and diligent prayers). I’m in a funny mood today.  We are leaving on a BIG road trip tomorrow, so instead of packing/laundry/cleaning I am doing something totally silly–making cross stitch patterns.  And you …

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The Lie of Productivity

I hate to say that my life is defined by a lie, but some days it kinda is. The lie that it if I accomplish enough, if I get every little thing done and read the kids a million books and grocery shop and clean out the car and eat so crazy healthy and exercise …

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Cathoilc Saints in Perler Bead

In my youth I was fascinated by the lives of the saints.  My sisters and I used to beg our mother to read about the saints every night.  More often than not we begged to hear about Maria Goretti, because she was our favorite.  It’s a bit of a gruesome story–attempted rape and murder–for a …

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Embracing Foolishness

This past April, when I eight months pregnant, I braved Walmart with my then three small children.  By the time we turned into a checkout line I had threatened and bribed everyone within an inch of their lives.  I frantically threw stuff onto the belt as Dominic slunk out of his seat.  I grabbed him …

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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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Magnificat: Catholic Moms Coloring Page

The absolute best sound in the world: Baby Giggles. Even with just a year and a half between my babies I forget just how magical those sweet little baby giggles are.  They lock eyes with you, their sweet little mouths open and from somewhere deep in their little bellies comes this pure and wonderful laugh. …

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Cross Stitch Saint Rosary Case Tutorial

As a young blogger I used to seek to appeal to everyone.  But, as you can see by today’s post title–Cross Stitch Saint Rosary Case Tutorial–things have changed!  I love every single person that stumbles onto this site, but I have decided to write about what I know–the Catholic Faith, Family and Craftiness. I created …

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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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A Servant’s Heart: Catholic Mom’s Coloring Page

Hi friends!  Today I’m starting something new–I’m sharing a COLORING PAGE FOR CATHOLIC MOMS.  Many women have wrote to me voicing their struggles in finding time for themselves, time to be creative and time to pray.  I don’t have the answer, but I am dying to help!  So, I’ve decided to draw up simple coloring …

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Learn to Cross Stitch: Free Email Course

Hi friends! I have been hard at work and I’m excited to share the results with you all today.  I asked my lovely email subscribers a few weeks ago if they would be interested in an email course walking them through all things cross stitch.  A couple dozen ladies wrote that they were very interested, …

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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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On Welcoming a New Baby

It’s been awhile since I wrote about motherhood around these parts, and it’s not for lack of ideas or time spent thinking about it.  The new-baby-days bring on all sorts of possible discussion points for mothers.  And I’ve thought about turning several of these into blog posts, but I just haven’t. Mostly because I felt …

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

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?” Once again, a big thank you to all the women that responded.  Your answers were deep, vulnerable and honest.  And, I could …

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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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Guardian Angel Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Each and every night Bill and I pray with the kids before they go to sleep.  We usually say a decade of the rosary, most of the time we deal with at least one behavior issue, very often Bernadette has to be reminded not to pray for inanimate objects, but we always, always pray the …

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Pray for Us Free Cross Stitch Pattern

Friends! Once again your love of the saints, your friendship and your support has blown me away.  BLOWN ME AWAY !  So many of you not only raved about the new 33 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch I send out into the world last week, but actually bought them.  How fun is that?  (PS–they are …

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