Aliya’s First Holy Communion


No, Micaela, you did not just begin and subsequently abandon 3 (three!) different blog posts. Whatever.  This is SO much more important because: JESUS! Aliya received her First Holy Communion on Mothers Day weekend.  (Along with Kevin and Zeke’s birthdays, plus a tea party.  Whew!)   The dress: has a story, of course.  It was […]

Author interview and giveaway: Spiritual Growth Plan for your Choleric Child

Choleric Cover 4

Oh, y’all.  This blog has been so quiet lately.  I’ve missed you but I’m also relatively at peace with this stage of my life and motherhood.  Not much time to blog, and that’s okay.  I’ll get back to regular posting at some point, but in the meantime, I do what I can.  You’re okay with […]

5 Reasons to read aloud to big kids (and 5 great read-aloud books)

5 reasons to read aloud

A couple months back I had a mini-breakdown.  Life was too hectic, school was too overwhelming, blah blah blah.  I mean, I’m not one to make excuses, but I suppose it really was to be expected considering the season of life I’m in and everything I had taken on.  It took me a few weeks […]

CWBN // CA: The redux plus all the feels


I wanted to post this on Saturday evening.  My arms ached from holding a fussy baby, my feet were on fire from standing all day, and I was about to pass out from exhaustion, but my heart was full to bursting with joy.  I was dying to type it out.  Alas, there were casseroles to […]

Thoughts and Photos


Maybe you thought I was joking when I said Kevin’s blog post was going to put me out of business?  I actually was, but it turns out I’ve also just been sitting with that blog post for all of the Easter season.  I know we’re out of the darkness of Lent and into the light […]

Pain as a gift: The Husband guest posts

For a husband who has been on vacation all week.  He's kept my spirits up and the house clean.  God bless him.

You know my post from yesterday?  Which I mentioned that I had been praying and thinking about it for a week?  I’d also been talking to Kevin (my husband) about it as well.  After he read the post last night he reminded me of the many things we had discussed over the course of the […]

Weep Not For Me


The other day my friend mentioned that Lent has been especially difficult for her this year.  Feelings of sadness and unworthiness at the thought of our Lord’s Passion have been wreaking havoc on her spiritual life.  “I sometimes feel grateful that my two year old is a terror in Mass,” she confessed.  “Stepping outside with him […]

Lenten Book Review {with a link-up}


Better late than never, right? Our Lenten reading for the Stella Maris Book Club was a “choose your own adventure” type of deal.  We each pulled a spiritual book off the shelf and (did our best to) read it during Lent.  Rather than have a Facebook discussion like we usually do (love them!), we’re just all […]

Musings on parenting: 7 Quick Thoughts


So, the other day I wrote a slightly controversial post about the baby sleeping routine in our house, and it got more reads than any post I’ve written in months.  I imagine that’s because this whole baby sleep thing can be very polarizing.  It got me thinking, though, that I have a lot of parenting posts that […]

Why we don’t sleep train


Let me begin this possibly controversial post by saying that many, if not most, of my friends sleep train their babies.  As you read this, you’ll see that I am passionate about this issue, but I also respect that others make a different choice.  This post isn’t written to stand in judgment of those who use […]