Marriage Is a Kind of Death

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  Today Daniel and I celebrate six years of marriage. SIX YEARS. I know it’s not a shocking length of time, but I think it’s starting to sound downright respectable. Can anything prepare you for what marriage will be like? No. It is infinitely more difficult and infinitely more splendid than I could have ever imagined. Something like having children, I suppose. We’ve learned a few … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 13

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I am a bad mother. I'll tell you why. We live in Florida and until yesterday, my 3.5 year old son had NEVER seen the ocean. That's right. He went to the beach for the first time ever yesterday. We're not exactly beach people. I have super pale Irish skin that sunburns at the drop of a hat and Daniel has a burning hatred for being sandy. But, basically, I was shamed into taking my kids to the beach … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering: The Basics (and a GIVEAWAY from Ecological Babies! NOW CLOSED)

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I’ve had a few pregnant friends ask me for the low down on cloth diapers, so I thought I would do a post about my experience with them accompanied by some links to good resources if you're interested in cloth diapering. And local business, Ecological Babies has offered a GroVia AIO in the brand new Woodlands print (which is just adorbs) as a giveaway for you. Hurrah! When I was pregnant with my … [Read more...]

Trendy Traditions Rosary Giveaway Winner (and Ballerina Overload)

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And the winner of the Our Lady of Guadalupe rosary giveaway is.......Sarah O.! Expect an email from Trendy Traditions, Sarah, about personalizing your rosary, etc. Thanks, Trendy Traditions for a fantastic giveaway prize! And watch for an awesome cloth diaper giveaway this week, friends. Along with a post about everything you ever wanted to know about cloth diapers. Well...maybe not … [Read more...]

A Boy and His Bike

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It's been awhile since I did a post about Benjamin and since writing about his antics is basically why I started this blog, one seems way past due. My firstborn has been losing his three-year-old mind over the idea of riding the balance bike we ordered for him. But we had yet to get him a helmet. So, I took the little man helmet shopping last week and after an agonizing decision, he chose the … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 12

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I am a ballet teacher and it is recital season. Things are a bit nuts due to the extra rehearsals and run-thrus preceding the performance. I keep having nightmares that I go out of town and miss the dress rehearsal or that I can't find the auditorium or that none of my little ballerinas can find the right color tights. Whew. I'm a little worn out, but my sweet little dancers are just precious and … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Mary (And a GIVEAWAY from Trendy Traditions! NOW CLOSED)

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Daniel and I both agree that getting to know the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most grace-filled aspects of our conversion to Catholicism. It was not so long ago that the idea was absolutely unfamiliar to me. I grew up in the Protestant tradition which, in my experience, completely ignored the Mother of God except during Christmas time when we were sure to mention that she was “just a regular … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 11

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First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there! On Mother's Day I'm also always thinking of mothers-to-be, mothers who've lost children from miscarriage or stillbirth, and all women who suffer from infertility. Praying that Our Lord will grant them all the desire of their hearts! This Mother's Day was the best ever. I woke up next to sweet Lucy and walked out of my bedroom to see … [Read more...]

In Defense of Jamie Lynne Grumet and Attachment Parenting

So yesterday I wrote about how I HATED the cover image and the title (Are You Mom Enough?) of the piece in TIME about Attachment Parenting and extended breastfeeding (the cover image is included in yesterday's post). I still hate the cover image and the title (oh, that title!). I still hate that TIME is trying to make AP and extended breastfeeding look as weird and sensational as possible. I still … [Read more...]

The Cover of TIME and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ok, so I promised I wouldn’t talk about sex for awhile after my two-part ramble on contraception, etc. But then I saw this TIME cover: You guys know that I’m a huge supporter of breastfeeding in public. Breastfeeding is not a sexual act. Breasts are not merely sexual. Breastfeeding in public IS NOT immodest. So, why does this image look so sexual? Some might claim that nursing is an … [Read more...]