This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 91 (Garage Sale Insanity Edition)

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How scary is that? This is the before photo of all the stuff I piled in Baby Gwen's room for my horrible/brilliant idea to have a garage sale this morning. (I'm hiding out inside while Gwen naps and Daniel handles sales.) I decided we should have one Wednesday...which didn't give us much time. But we are getting rid of SO MUCH STUFF. Oh and if you're worried that we're getting rid of HP DVDs, … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 90 (Gwen’s Birthday Edition!)

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  OK, first things first. This little gingersnap was the sweetest little birthday gal. I can't believe it's been a year! I cannot BELIEVE it. She is such a joyful angel baby. I love simple birthdays, but this one ended up more simple than I'd planned. I thought about doing a fleur de lis theme since our Gwen was born on St. Joan of Arc's day. But, in typical form I procrastinated … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 89


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...]

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


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...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 87

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Summer is officially here in Florida. Breezy morning and sunny, sweaty afternoons. I adore the windows open days before the "shut the front door! You're letting all the air conditioning out!" days arrive (which will be any minute now). We made fresh mint ice cream from mint from our herb garden this week to celebrate and it was SO GOOD: Book Love: Jen Fulwiler's memoir, Something Other … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 86

Easter Eggs

I can't believe it's almost been a month since the last TWM! Getting ready for Holy Week, Holy Week, more than a week of traveling across the country with three tiny children followed by several days of recovering from traveling across the country with three tiny children. Whew. Busy days at Casa Stewart. But busy GOOD days. And nobody's been sick, so wonders never cease. I was surprised by how … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 85

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Just look at these little angels. You'd never guess that Lucy would decide to bite Baby Gwen's finger in the middle of the Gospel reading at morning Mass yesterday or that Benjamin would be the one to give another kid a bloody nose at our first Catholic homeschoolers group playdate afterwards...(He obviously didn't mean to, collisions just happen but OH DEAR. Not sure how intentional the … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 84


It's teething central over here. Poor Baby Gwen is getting at least three in at once and she is NOT THRILLED about it. But she IS THRILLED about discovering the tupperware cabinet: And thrilled with playing with/eating sand at the new beautiful city park: Now, at risk of losing all of my readers who live above the Mason-Dixon line, here's a picture of the kiddos enjoying the Florida … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 83

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How's your Lent going? The first weekend of Lent, I went on retreat, thanks to Daniel who watched the kids so I could attend (I came home every so often to nurse Baby Gwen). It was so wonderful and I discovered my patron saint (or, rather, she found me.) Today I'm over at Catholic Exchange sharing all about that experience. It's a much more personal post than I usually write for CE. So, if you … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 82

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My "I haven't had any sugar in three days" withdrawal headache is telling me that Lent is really here! This has been QUITE a week. Not because earth-shattering things have happened at our house (although I DID deep clean our entire  kitchen which isn't exactly a frequent occurrence) and not because Baby Gwen is blessing us with waking at 4:45am perky and ready for the day: Lookin' good. For … [Read more...]