Grace in the Sign of the Cross

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You're in luck. While my post partum brain struggles to form coherent sentences and present you with anything worth reading, my brilliant husband comes up with insightful beautiful reflections despite being sleep deprived from having a sweet newborn in the house. He is the best. Enjoy! “Never leave your house without making the sign of the cross. It will be to you a staff, a weapon, an … [Read more...]

Growing a Family on One Income: Part I, Being a One-Car Family

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I get all riled up about claims that raising children costs millions. Could you spend a million dollars on a child? Sure. You can also spend over $100,000 on a Versailles-inspired Neiman Marcus chicken coop. But that would be unreasonable. Yes, kids aren’t cheap, but having a large family doesn’t have to be a financial impossibility. Granted, each family's situation is different and living off … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP: An Interview with Dwija

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This is a guest post by Dwija of House Unseen, Life Unscripted in the Women Speak on NFP series. In this series you will hear from women using various methods of NFP, some to avoid pregnancy, some trying to conceive, and their experiences. Disclaimer: This series is not meant to be a substitute for any method of training in NFP! If you are interested in one of the methods introduced in this … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP: Why My Husband and I Don’t Use Contraception

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This is a guest post by Stephanie of Captive the Heart in the Women Speak on NFP series. In this series you will hear from women using various methods of NFP, some to avoid pregnancy, some trying to conceive, and their experiences. Disclaimer: This series is not meant to be a substitute for any method of training in NFP! If you are interested in one of the methods introduced in this series, … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP: Introducing a New Series

As a Catholic woman seeking to follow Church teaching about marriage, fertility, and sexuality, I’m concerned about the lack of resources for couples to become equipped to practice Natural Family Planning (NFP). So many faithful and well-intentional Catholic couples have either been inadequately educated and encouraged in Church teaching regarding contraception and do not know how to implement … [Read more...]

Catholicism: Empowering Women for 2000 Years (Part IV: “My Body Isn’t Broken,” The Church and Contraception)

Another post about birth control, Haley? Really? It's true. Sorry, folks. But I think Catholic teaching on contraception is really crucial to understanding the respect for womanhood that the Church affirms. This is Part IV of this series, so be sure to read about how Marian doctrine, the Catholic understanding of vocation, and the female saints and doctors of the Church empower women before … [Read more...]

Family Pics: A First!

Since Benjamin was born in 2009, we haven't had any photographs taken of our whole family by a real photographer. Last week, my friend Lauren of Simply Inspired Mama took some photos for us and I'm completely in love with them and can't wait to share my favorites with you! For a split second, I thought about buying a new dress for our pics. Then I remembered that I hate shopping. I also wanted … [Read more...]

When We Were Away: A Photo Post

Today I wanted to share some pictures of our 12 day trip to the Carolinas. These I took with my real camera, but I'll probably sneak some of my instagrams (haleyweasley) from the week in Friday's This Week's Miscellany. I'm still catching up on emails, comments, etc., so if you haven't heard back from me, it's not because I don't think you're grand! I'll get back to you soon, promise! On our trip … [Read more...]

By the sea…

To celebrate my sweet mum's 60th birthday, we went on a little trip to the ocean to eat at a restaurant built over the water (because it was a dry county in days past). We haven't been there since the building was rebuilt after being destroyed in a hurricane. Now, why you would want to build your restaurant in the exact same place it recently fell into the ocean in a state that gets hurricanes at … [Read more...]

O, Christmas Tree!

This morning we continued the family tradition of going to the Bavarian Christmas Tree Farm in Monticello to cut down a Christmas Tree with Daniel's parents and sister. Benjamin was been asking to go cut down a tree since last Christmas when he looked like this: My, he's precious in that photo! I think he's gotten much sneakier and sillier over the past year as you can see: Sweet … [Read more...]