113 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch

It’s true.  I’ve made A LOT of saint cross stitch patterns.  A LOT.  I’ve had a ton of fun doing it but the real reason that I keep making more and more saints in cross stitch is because of all of you.  Sure, it’s fun to sell a pattern but it is infinitely more fun …

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4 Kitchen Hacks for Life with a Newborn

There are things I love about the newborn days and things I don’t love.  I love kissing those soft checks, nursing, watching the baby fit seamlessly into the family.  It’s such a miracle. I don’t, however, love cooking and cleaning during these days.  Josie is a sweet baby, but there are periods of the day, …

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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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3 Benefits of NOT Spacing Your Kids

When we moved to Kansas this winter we were worried about the summer heat and thus far we have not been disappointed.  It’s been well above 90 for days on end already.  My husband and I keep looking at each other and saying, “and it’s only early June!” as we imagine the heat possibilities of …

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Colorful Salt Dough Handprints

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie Paint Marker, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpiePaintCreate http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Not to sound too clique, but time really does fly when you are having babies.  And not only that, but a year feels so much more …

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St. Josephine Bakhita Cross Stitch Pattern (free!)

Well, it is a little bananas around here at the moment.  We got back from a whirlwind trip back to Minnesota on Sunday night which allowed us some wonderful time with family and friends.  Monday and Tuesday my husband stayed home and allowed me to take Josie to a doctor’s appointment without the rest of …

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How To Survive Labor WITHOUT Painkillers

Since Josephine was born I have been flooded with comments and questions about the laboring process.  Over a year ago I wrote this post about the importance of Pain in Childbirth, and because of that I made it clear that I had once again avoided using painkillers while giving birth, not because I’m tough, but …

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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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Welcome Josephine

I have never shared one of my birth stories before, and I don’t plan on getting into all of the details, but here is a little bit about how our Josephine made her appearance earlier this week. On Tuesday we welcomed Josepine Frances to the clan–which was a bit of a surprise to everyone, me …

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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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26 FREE Catholic Coloring Pages

I am so excited to share these 26 FREE Catholic Coloring Pages with you today!  Yay!  There is a different coloring sheet for each letter of the alphabet.  Just enter your email below and they will be sent directly to your inbox! Coloring is a daily activity in my house and when I can, I …

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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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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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