Women Speak on NFP

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It's NFP Awareness week, so I thought I'd run a post from the archives with the links to all the posts in the Women Speak on NFP series. I learned so much from all the women who shared their stories at Carrots about their experiences with Natural Family Planning and I hope the resources in this series will benefit many families. As a Catholic woman seeking to follow Church teaching about … [Read more...]

The One Thing I Regret About My Wedding

The One Thing I Regret About My Wedding

I was 20 when we were married. Generally speaking, I didn’t know much of anything. I knew I wanted to marry Daniel in a church. I didn’t even care so much which church (it was a few years before we became Catholic). I didn’t care what our wedding colors were. It didn’t make much of a difference to me what song played when I walked down the aisle. It was before Pinterest. I just wanted a white … [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...]

How to Marry a Gilbert Blythe

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Who doesn’t love Anne-with-an-E and Gilbert? Falling in love with L.M. Montgomery’s wonderful books and the miniseries by Kevin Sullivan is a beloved memory of my childhood and I return to them every year (except for Anne the Continuing Story which was a horrifying disaster that my poor eyes can never un-see!). As Valentine's Day approaches, let's look to the Anne-girl for some recommendations for … [Read more...]

On Marrying Young…

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Find me over at Messy Wife, Blessed Life today writing a guest post for the lovely Mandi on 4 Tips for Marrying Young! First of all, look what babies we were in our engagement pics: I’m a big fan of getting married young, but seeing that many of our friends who were married in their early twenties are already divorced, it’s clearly not for everyone. And many times we’ve asked ourselves, what … [Read more...]

Growing in Marriage: What I Learned from the Old Couple at Confession

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Although I had mentioned to my husband wanting to go to Confession the night before, my day had been growing busier. I became distracted with this and that--laundry, paperwork, groceries-- and had almost forgotten my intent to go. As the hour drew near, my husband said, “Didn’t you want to go to Confession this afternoon? I’ll go, too, and we can take turns holding Baby Gwen.” "What would I do … [Read more...]

Ode to My Wedding Ring on Our 7th Anniversary

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My wedding ring is just a white gold band, no diamond or precious stones. Daniel and I couldn’t figure out the whole engagement ring AND a wedding band thing. (Why? I still don't get it!) So a sweet thin band is all I have and it’s exactly what I wanted. When we were discussing rings, I was concerned about blood diamonds and worried I would lose a fancy bejeweled ring (I cannot keep track of … [Read more...]

What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married

Happy Memorial Day! We're celebrating by not giving a stomach bug Benjamin picked up to all the friends we made plans with and are just taking it easy instead. Today you can find me over at Little House in Chicago where the lovely Tess blogs. She's running a "What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Married" series of guest posts while she enjoys her honeymoon (congrats Tess and Frank!). "None of us … [Read more...]

A Picture of the Incarnation on My Kitchen Floor

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During this pregnancy (my third) my mood swings have been unreal. One minute everything is rosy and the next I find myself sobbing for no reason. And if I wait too long to eat or don’t get enough sleep, I am sure to be an insane hysterical basket case. The worst meltdown occurred for really no reason at all at about halfway through the pregnancy. We put the kids to bed, then Daniel ran some … [Read more...]

Women Speak on NFP: When Natural Family Planning Doesn’t Go According to Your Plan

This is a guest post by Christy of fountains of home 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, please … [Read more...]