Daniel Thinks So Much of my First Vlog He Wants to Give You a Free Gift Just for Watching It! (hey. wait a minute.)

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My first ever vlog! I'm a little nervous, but here's my first ever video blog. It explains all about how to get a super secret gift from Daniel. I realized making it that I smile a lot when I talk (too much?!) and that my teeth are significantly bigger than I previously thought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFF4QjTxoKI And now here's all the details about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle … [Read more...]

The Motto of the Working Mother

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A guest post by Molly of Molly Makes Do: A perfect little house with just enough space to be comfortable and cozy.  A yard big enough for adventures and exploration.  A gaggle of smiling children.  The ability to put real, wholesome food on the table for every meal.  Hours spent living and growing in our lives together.  A comfortable existence where every need is provided for and wants are … [Read more...]

Keep the crock: A ridiculously simple discovery about cooking with a pot

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Guest post by Bonnie of A Knotted Life: I married a man who owned a crockpot. Because he already owned one we did not include a crockpot on our wedding registry. Two people noticed that glaring oversight and gifted us slow-cookers. On the first day of our marriage we were the proud owners of three crockpots. That’s a lotta crockpots. For the first six years of our marriage we used our … [Read more...]

We Call This Friday Good

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Good Friday is here. We are so close to Easter, but Resurrection doesn't mean much if we haven't entered into Christ's Passion. If you have a chance, try to read from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, particularly East Coker, IV. The wounded surgeon plies the steel That questions the distempered part; Beneath the bleeding hands we feel The sharp compassion of the healer's art Resolving … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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...]