Eating Seasonally Through the Christian Year…

Eating Seasonally through the Christian Year - The Humbled Homemaker

It's Holy Week, folks! This morning I'm honored to be at The Humbled Homemaker chatting about a liturgically-centered dinner table. So head on over with your Monday morning cup of coffee (unless you gave up coffee for Lent, in which case, may God give you strength...we're on the homestretch to Easter, people!) And don't forget about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 6 day sale beginning next … [Read more...]

The Freedom of Giving Up

Lent gives us the opportunity to let God strip away the disordered desires that “own” us so we can be free to choose HIm.

  We have a very mixed up idea of what freedom is. We think that freedom is choice, and more specifically in our consumerist society, we think true freedom is having a multitude of choices. We expect the t-shirt we want to be available in every color under the sun. We expect hundreds of flavors of coffee to be waiting for us at the grocery store. But on a deeper level, we think moral freedom is … [Read more...]

Let his blood be upon us and upon our children

His blood be upon us from Carrots for Michaelmas

On Palm Sunday, I always shudder to say the responses in the Gospel reading. If you've never been to a Catholic Mass on Palm Sunday, the Passion in the 26th and 27th chapters of Matthew is read aloud and the congregation reads the part of the crowd calling for Jesus' crucifixion. I shudder because by adding my voice to the shout "Crucify him!" I have to face the reality of my own sin. My betrayal … [Read more...]

This Week’s Worst News and Best News

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Look at this sad blogger face.... "I'm sorry your computer bwoke, Mama. I fink I can fix it wif glue." Alas, Lucy. If only. Ye ol' laptop died this week. It's ancient in computer years, but it's the only one we had so SAD DAY. Getting it checked out this weekend for salvageability. If it's good and dead, we'll have to figure out replacing it...because I'm assuming my big brother won't let … [Read more...]

Becoming a Family of Prayer

Family of Prayer

When I read Kendra of Catholic All Year's Day in the Life post last week, I immediately asked if she would write about how she fits prayer into her family's life. We just started trying a family Rosary again after taking a break since Baby Gwen was born, but I was inspired by how Kendra centers her family's whole day around prayer. Enjoy! - Haley (p.s. Our only computer died this week, so … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 85

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Just look at these little angels. You'd never guess that Lucy would decide to bite Baby Gwen's finger in the middle of the Gospel reading at morning Mass yesterday or that Benjamin would be the one to give another kid a bloody nose at our first Catholic homeschoolers group playdate afterwards...(He obviously didn't mean to, collisions just happen but OH DEAR. Not sure how intentional the … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living At a Glance: April

Shepherd's Pie for St. George of Merry England

I’m always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Kindred Spirits and Literary Fun (And Audrey Eclectic Giveaway)

Anne and Diana

I'm a bit bookish. It's not a secret that I love all things Anne of Green Gables and all things Austen (yes, even Fanny Price). And no matter how many times I read Little Women, I will get all teary-eyed because it's just so wonderful.  So when I saw an etsy shop with gorgeous original art and saw Anne and Diana's familiar faces and the Dashwood sisters and Marmee and her four girls, I jumped for … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 84

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It's teething central over here. Poor Baby Gwen is getting at least three in at once and she is NOT THRILLED about it. But she IS THRILLED about discovering the tupperware cabinet: And thrilled with playing with/eating sand at the new beautiful city park: Now, at risk of losing all of my readers who live above the Mason-Dixon line, here's a picture of the kiddos enjoying the Florida … [Read more...]

Books for Aspiring Pirates and Fairies

Books for Aspiring Pirates and Fairies

I love to make book lists and I hear tell that there's a new Disney Tinker Bell movie, The Pirate Fairy, coming out so I thought it would be fun to compile some of our favorite picture books and read alouds about pirates and fairies!Ye Ol' Pirate BooksMy oldest kids, Benjamin and Lucy, love to play pirates in the backyard. Usually there's a sizable altercation about who gets to be Captain Hook. … [Read more...]