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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Mothering in the Now

A few days back I happened upon my two oldest (4 and 3 years old) busy at work in my bathroom mixing some “Polyjuice Potion”.  They were quite proud of the pink lumpy concoction and offered it to me saying, “We made this for you, mommy.  Now you can turn into whatever you like!” Sweet, …

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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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Prayer as the Legacy of Motherhood

This morning I attending the first of what will be a weekly Bible Study at my new parish here in Kansas.  It is a ten week study on the Eucharist.  Amazing topic, well put together study…but I was there because of the childcare and in the hope that I could meet other women just like me: catholic moms …

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