This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 100 (100!)

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ONE HUNDRED?! Wow. I feel like I should have something exciting to offer for sticking with me all the way to 100! But all I've got is the usual programming of photos, and links, and miscellany. We had a tea party for our "first day of school" last Monday. Honestly, school days don't look much different from summer days. We write letters and mail them for handwriting/spelling practice. We … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It's been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama's bed and recover. Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That's the worst fever we'd had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid. Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody's … [Read more...]

Answer Me This! Kendra’s in France, So I Ask ALL THE QUESTIONS!


While the lovely Kendra is globetrotting in Europe, I get to host her awesome link up: Answer me this! Here's my answers to last week's questions. Next week's questions are below, so join in on the fun!   1. What's the scariest thing that's ever been in your yard?   If you're talking about our current yard, I'd probably have to say our creepy next-door-neighbor who always seems to be … [Read more...]

Benjamin, Native Texan, speaks his mind and only a few more hours left for books


If you get the Carrots newsletter (you can sign up on the right hand side bar), you know that we've been on a long family trip to New Orleans and Texas for a friend's wedding. We have had the most wonderful time enjoying friends and being together as a family. The kids are loving having Daddy off work. In Waco, where we used to live, we've gone to the amazing Cameron Park Zoo which is beautiful … [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...]

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...]

A Quick Announcement!

I really hope you're planning to come to the Edel Gathering in Austin July 25-26th! Since there are only 150 tickets available, be sure to get yours bright and early tomorrow when they go on sale at 10am EST. And there's been a slight change in WHERE to order them. Instead of the EventBrite web page that was going to be used, they will be sold from the Edel Gathering web site. Ta da! Announcement … [Read more...]

The News I’ve Been Dying to Tell You!


Here I am bursting with the news I've been dying to tell you for weeks: No, I'm not pregnant (seems like a reasonable caveat with my track record.) The BIG NEWS is about the Edel Gathering organized by lovely and wonderful ladies, Jen Fulwiler and Hallie Lord. It is going to be an AMAZING weekend of renewal and fun for moms (and conversation with other grown ups!) in Austin, TX July 25th … [Read more...]

A Print Version of Feast!

Just popping in on this first day of Advent to let you know some exciting news! After receiving many, many requests for a print version of our book Feast! (lots of you wanted to give a print version as Christmas gifts!) I spent the week asking around and staying up way too late working on making it happen for you. And TA DA! You can order a print copy you can hold in your hand with real pages and … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 66 (and giveaway winner)


Call me the Craigslist Queen, y'all, because we got the find of the century! Actually I just got really lucky, because on the day I decided the kiddos really need a backyard swing set, someone posted this bad boy and with the help of all our male extended family members and a Uhaul, we transported it to our house. Now we just need to set up the swing part. In the meantime, Lucy is totally … [Read more...]