This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 7

Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Palm Sunday! I can't believe Holy Week is almost upon us! Other than a very special Easter lunch feast, we haven't developed very many Holy Week traditions in our family, yet. Any suggestions for Holy Week activities, recipes, etc. that are helpful for little ones to learn to observe Holy Week? Listening to: Handel's Messiah (so good during Lent!) and also some … [Read more...]

Crossroads

(Lucy getting a snack before Ellie's wedding, Photo courtesy of Jade Pierce Photography) Well, I feel like I'm at a motherhood crossroads with my sweet baby girl. I've been following the principles of ecological breastfeeding very thoroughly since her birth. I read Sheila Kippley's The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood which promote mama and … [Read more...]

11 Things

My dear friend, the lovely Lara of Little Adventurer tagged me to answer her 11 questions. Reading hers was so delightful that I just had to comply. I haven't seen Lara since we moved home from Texas and didn't even know that she and her husband are simultaneously adopting and pregnant! I knew they were adopting, but had no idea they were pregnant, too. How exciting! Two babies! The Rules: 1. … [Read more...]

The Solemnity of the Annunciation and Back Porch Dining

Just a quick post of instagrams today. We've been fighting colds at our house and life is busy, busy. For the Solemnity of the Annunciation, I made Sweet Potato and Carrot Lentil Curry Soup and Spelt-Flour, Dairy-free biscuits (hello, bacon grease!) for Benjamin and my gluten intolerance and his dairy allergies. It's been so beautiful outside that last night I set up a table on our back … [Read more...]

Why I Hated Breastfeeding (And How That Changed) Part II

In Part I, I described my horrible experience breastfeeding my firstborn and how after four months I gave up. I was stressed out. My baby was stressed out. It wasn’t working. I am so glad to say that round two has been totally different! Part of it must be due to Baby Number Two's easy temperament, but I think other factors are lower stress, and a shift in my attitude and mothering … [Read more...]

Why I Hated Breastfeeding (And How That Changed) Part I

I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding. I nurse my baby girl everywhere and do my best to promote breastfeeding and support nursing mamas.But, I never judge another mama for choosing to bottle-feed. Some mamas can't breastfeed even after trying everything to produce enough milk for their baby. Sometimes circumstances make it almost impossible. I know this first hand... When I was a few days … [Read more...]

I’ve Got Greens and the Terrible Threes Growing in My Garden

Here's what's been going on outdoors in our neck of the woods: Lots of park dates and outside play for this little guy. Baby girl is content to just sleep in the baby wrap with Mama while Little Bear gets his wiggles out. Although the terrible threes subsided a little bit in the past couple of weeks (perhaps due to extra time with Daddy during our trip), they were back in full force … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Patrick

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day today! It is spring in North Florida and the outdoors are green in honor of one of my favorite saints. The dogwoods, azaleas, and wisteria are in bloom and the scent of flowers is downright intoxicating. And here's a little something from the archives about St. Patrick, why I love him so much, and a St. Patrick's Feast we made with links to a … [Read more...]

March 2012 Reads

For you wonderful new readers, you should know that we are book people. Books are everywhere in our house and I'm constantly trying to figure out more nooks for storing books. I try to post once a month about what we're reading and I love to hear what books my readers are enjoying, too, so let me know in the comments! I recently finished Evelyn Waugh's Helena. I adored it. Waugh is one of my … [Read more...]

Why I Breastfeed in Public: The Blessed Virgin Mary Does It!

There was an uproar recently when a women was kicked out of a church for nursing her child in the service and the pastor compared her public breastfeeding to a stripper performing.  What?! I know. Insanity. A blog I read posted the news article on FB and a commenter expressed her view that nursing in church was very inappropriate and that the mother was wrong to do so. She went on to say that she … [Read more...]