10 Books You Must Read to Your Son

After 10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter, I thought the boys were getting rather left out. Having never been a boy, this list didn't come as naturally. But, being the mother of a boy it seems equally important. Basically, I want my son to be a confident, thoughtful, compassionate, strong-minded, and virtuous man like Mr. Knightley, not a weak, desire-driven, selfish cad like Willoughby. So … [Read more...]

Hi, New Folks!

My blog has gained a surprising number of new subscribers and followers in the past couple of weeks (the surprising part being that my mom isn’t the only one reading it anymore).  So thanks for subscribing and for sharing and pinning my posts! For you new wonderful followers, I’m Haley. Lovely to meet you. I’m a Catholic convert living in the bright, sunny, South. Things I love include … [Read more...]

10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Or How to Keep Your Daughter From Ending Up Like That Horrid Girl in Twilight)

10 Books You Must Read to Your Daughter (Or, How to Keep Your Daughter from Ending Up Like that Horrid Girl in Twilight)

So now we have a baby daughter. Look how she slumbers. She doesn’t even know that I stay up at night worrying about her self-image. And, oh horrors! What if someday she wants to read Stephanie Meyer’s literary atrocity, the Twilight series? You know the one, the books featuring a non-descript female protagonist who, in addition to having no interests or talents of any kind (other than smelling … [Read more...]

Ten Children’s Lit Titles on the Shelves of Downton Abbey Nursery

Guest Post today from the lovely Katherine Grimm Bowers! Katherine and her entire extended family of Bowerses and Grimms are favorites in the Stewart household. I begged Katherine, a fellow bookworm and a library studies expertlady, to come up with a little piece for Carrots for Michaelmas and she created something that combines some of my very favorite things: Edwardian Children's Lit and Dame … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 5

Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Candlemas, February 2nd! Get yo' candles blessed! Check out last year's Feast. Listening: Gotye. You can listen to his new album Making Mirrors on NPR First Listen Quote: "I do not want to be in a religion in which I am allowed to have a crucifix. I feel the same about the much more controversial question of the honor paid to the blessed Virgin. If … [Read more...]

Sleep During the Newborn Stage (Or, How to Survive Exhaustion)

After Benjamin was born I thought I would go mad from lack of sleep. I would sob from sheer exhaustion during the early morning hours when he would inevitably be awake--night after night after night. But this time it's so different. Mostly because Lucy is such a champ at sleeping (up only once or twice a night) and doesn't have the colic and reflux that plagued our boy, but also because I think my … [Read more...]

Hogwarts (Finally!)

Last week Daniel took me on a little getaway to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter--a vacation we've wanted to take since the park opened. We were all geared up to go last January but postponed our trip when we discovered I was pregnant with Lucy and couldn't go on any of the rides. Anyhow it was delightful. The Hogwarts ride is pretty awesome and it's great fun to meander through … [Read more...]

The Quotable Benjamin

A collection of Benjamin quotes from the past year. Enjoy. "I'll see you later, mama! In like...one minute ago, ok?" "What is being?" “I want to put broccoli on the Christmas tree.” “I want some candy next to me.” "There's an elephant." (Benjamin pointing to an animal on Daniel's shirt). "I think it's a moose." (Daniel) "I think it's a dragon." (Benjamin) "There were … [Read more...]

Our Bright Star

Our Lucy. Her name means light, pure, bright. And we named her after St. Lucy, a courageous virgin martyr. One virtue that I am perpetually lacking is courage and I pray that my precious one will be brave for Our Lord like St. Lucy. We were on the fence about her middle name for a long while after we were dead set on "Lucy" as her first name. Then, while reading Lord of the Rings for the … [Read more...]