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 […]

A Daybook, or “What I’ve been doing instead of blogging”

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Once upon a time, I used to post 3 times a week. I had so many thoughts and words that they just flowed out of me and I could hardly keep up with it.  But now… {crickets} I’m getting better at accepting the ebb and flow of life (which naturally leads to the ebb and […]

Lenten Deep Clean and Organize

Lenten Clean Out Chart

There are 20 days (not including Sundays) between now and Good Friday.  Anyone want to join me for a little deep clean action?  I’ll be following the recommendations in The House That Cleans Itself, but you can do it however you like.  The point is just to do something every day.  Here’s a little chart I […]

A conference, a new website, and an apology… of sorts

It’s 11:08 PM and I swear to you, Ezekiel just fell asleep.  Have I mentioned how much I hate Daylight Savings?  It seriously makes me want to punch someone.  Which I will not do, but if there was a person responsible for this misery, I would consider unleashing some of my wrath (verbal, of course) […]

Her heart was made for gratitude

Sometimes, life takes a Lent-ish turn.  You know, illnesses, struggles, stress, all happening at once? And sometimes, it even happens during Lent. Bonus. What follows is a smidgen of the Welcome to Lent Story that was my life last week. It’s not the whole story, and in fact, it’s still pretty darn penitential around here. […]