Our Lady, Stella Maris….Over at To The Heights

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  I'm over at Olivia's lovely blog, To the Heights chatting about Our Lady while Olivia enjoys sweet moments with her new little one! "Star of the Sea, or the Latin version of the title, Stella Maris, speaks to the idea that Our Lady is a sparkling light of hope for Christians. Our Living Hope, Christ Our Lord, is made flesh through her. But her role as a channel of God’s grace is … [Read more...]

Welcome to My Little Oratory (And a Giveaway!)

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I know we’ve been talking a lot about books lately, but there are so many good books coming out of the Catholic blogosphere right now! Cari Donaldson’s Pope Awesome, Jen Fulwiler’s Something Other Than God, Sarah Mackenzie’s Teaching from Rest, and now The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton and Like Mother Like Daughter’s Leila Lawler (and illustrations by … [Read more...]

The Secret to Not Fighting With Your Kids About Their Messy Room

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Want to know the secret? Get rid of all the toys.  Ok, ok, not ALL of the toys. Just a few garbage bags worth. Seriously. After weeks of begging, threatening, and fighting over the kids' messy room, we finally wised up and realized that they weren't trying to be uncooperative little stinkers, the task was overwhelming. When our five-year-old sat down in the middle of his room and cried that … [Read more...]

Do You Have Things? Do You Need a Bag for Those Things? (A Giveaway from Drawstrings!)

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So excited to be hosting a great giveaway today from Drawstrings by Wanda Styrsky of Re-inventing Mother! Wanda is a faithful Carrots reader and an all-around lovely gal. Wanda recently started selling her handmade bags and they are beautiful. She chooses the cutest fabrics and I can personally attest to the fact that they are sturdy and well-made because this adorable bag has survived … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 89

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It's been a big week around here! This little precious girl turned one yesterday on the Feast of St. Joan of Arc. And so, of course, I'm all teary-eyed about her becoming a toddler and not being my squishy little newborn.   (Image by Sarah Gray Photography) What a little pumpkin! I read over her birth story this morning and cried happy tears. I'm so grateful to be her mom. The other … [Read more...]

It’s Our 8th Anniversary! Sometimes I Write About Being Married.

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Eight years ago today, I did a super smart thing and married Daniel Stewart. You can read about everything that led up to that day in our love story. (Aww. Or gag...depending on how you feel about sappy love stories.) Here's a few posts I've written about the married life that I thought I'd share to commemorate the day. (Also, we're going on our second date without the baby in a year! I plan to … [Read more...]

Recalibrating! (How Parenting Is Like Following a GPS)

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You know where you’re trying to go. You thought you were on the road that would get you there, but suddenly everything looks wrong and your intuition is confirmed when the know-it-all voice of the GPS on your dashboard barks, “RECALIBRATING!” You took a wrong turn and the lady inside your GPS is frantically trying to get you back on track. For a blogger,  I have surprising Luddite tendencies. I … [Read more...]

From the Garden: Fresh Mint Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

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The other day I posted a photo on Instagram of a batch of homemade ice cream made from fresh mint from the garden. It's our go to summer dessert and there must be other folks out there whose gardens are overflowing with mint because I had several requests to share the recipe. I thought I'd do a how-to post (and because recipe posts are only fun with photos we simply had to make another batch. I'm … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 88 (and giveaway winner!)

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Ok, first things first. I know you want to know who's getting a copy of Jen Fulwiler's book, Something Other Than God. And the lucky winner is Shaina Purves! I'll be in touch soon about mailing your book to you, Shaina. Here's what's been happening in our little corner of the world... On the Homestead: Summer is here in our garden! All of Daniel's hard work is paying off now that the … [Read more...]

I Bribed My Children With LEGO So I Could Read This Book (and a GIVEAWAY so you can read it, too!)

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I've never pre-ordered a book. But when Jen Fulwiler's spiritual memoir Something Other Than God was available for pre-order on Amazon, I went for it. I've been a devoted reader of Jen's blog Conversion Diary for years and I've followed her process of writing and re-writing and then teaming up with an amazing publisher (Ignatius Press!) to release this story. But when my copy finally arrived, I … [Read more...]