Trust issues, part two

Part one: in which I was feeling dark and mysterious. So there I was, finally with a baby on the outside of me, and not feeling quite so very dark and gloomy.  But the easy days were not (are not?) yet upon me. Soon after my dream baby boy was born, my spitfire toddler really got […]

Trust issues, part one

Hey there, friends.  It’s been a few long months since I wrote anything of substance here.  I’m not sure if this blog post means that I’ll be back more regularly or not, but I did (do?) feel like I’ve got something important to share with you, so here I am. My blogging break started a […]

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Setting the World on Fire: a Catholic Women’s Conference

Last year Kendra and I hosted a conference for local-ish Catholic women bloggers.  It was a smashing success, if I do say so myself.  After Gus was born I began to think about hosting another one, but something kept pulling at me.  I finally realized that I wanted to give to *all* women the fortification […]

Why you should (and how-to) write a birth plan (with downloadable templates)

Hey y’all!  It’s due date month around these parts!  I’m 36.5 weeks along, and in honor of that I thought we’d spend some time chatting about birth in general, beginning today with making a document called “Birth preferences” to help you and your OB/midwife to be on the same page. Let me step back and […]

7 tips for having “the Talk” (discussing human sexuality) with your daughter

After spending months preparing for “the Talk” with my daughter, I finally bit the bullet and did it last weekend.  My daughter has been asking to attend the upcoming birth of our baby and while she didn’t necessarily need to know about the birds and the bees before then, I started to notice more questions coming […]

Talking about “the Talk,” episode 2

A few months back, I began preparing for a discussion on sexuality with my oldest child.  I spent quite a bit of time researching and wrote a post called Talking about “the Talk”, which turned out to be a really big hit with many of you.  I got such wonderful feedback that I decided to put […]

New Life: Theme Thursday

Good morning, lovelies. For New Life I was envisioning adorable baby chicks, puppies, or baby lambs. I was daydreaming about flowers budding and leaves on trees unfurling. What I got was this: Sometimes new life isn’t that pretty, you know?  Sometimes it feels heavy and burdensome, a weight that pulls you forward, pulls you downward. […]

Easter photos: Theme Thursday

Welcome back, photo-loving friends! I hope you’re all enjoying the octave of Easter to the fullest.  For me it’s meant lots of peanut butter cups and trying to say “yes” more to the kids.  Turns out I’m great at the first and not so great at the second.  But I’m trying! We spent Easter at […]

I’m not afraid of the crucifix anymore.

My eldest daughter Gianna, chubby cheeks and wispy hair, toddled up to me with her children’s Bible clutched in her grubby hands.  She was two and a half.  I pulled her considerable weight onto my lap while her baby sister Aliya dozed to sleep in my other arm.  She opened the Bible and the first […]