Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

+J.M.J.+ Here is our grocery haul from Trader Joes this week. Lately I have been going to Aldi first to find what is on my list for cheap, and then over to Trader Joes for the rest. We just got back from Thanksgiving in Georgia, however, so this week the girls and I were so [...]

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“Once I Have X, I’ll Be Happy” Is A Lie

+J.M.J.+ One of the most frequent lies we tell ourselves is that once we obtain X thing, we will be happy. I have gone through this so many times myself. First I believed that once I reached my 20's I would be completely happy. As a teenager I thought it would be the prime of [...]

We Aren’t Celebrating Christmas. Yet.

We Aren’t Celebrating Christmas. Yet.

+J.M.J.+ I have always had a hard time being patient waiting for Christmas. As a kid on Thanksgiving afternoon, I would insist on hanging a light-up Christmas angel on our living room window, turning on Christmas music, and begin nagging my parents to get the tree and decorations out of storage. It was Christmas time, [...]

There Is A Lasagna In My Suitcase – Its Not About The Turkey

There Is A Lasagna In My Suitcase – Its Not About The Turkey

+J.M.J.+ No really, there is a deep-frozen homemade lasagna going in my suitcase this week. See, we spend Thanksgiving with Ethan's family down South, and since he doesn't get off work until Wednesday that week, we can't be much help for my sister-in-law preparing the big meal. Last year she made a huge spread and [...]

A Transformed Morning in Ten Minutes

A Transformed Morning in Ten Minutes

+J.M.J.+ 7:30 a.m. is the hardest part of my day. Breakfast is over and Ethan packs up his bag and heads off to work. I love my girls and our days together, don't get me wrong, but sometimes knowing the whole days worth of work is just starting is so hard for me to get [...]

Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead

Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead

+J.M.J.+ At a recent friend's bridal shower, the guests were given a piece of paper to write down a piece of marriage advice for her. I didn't have to think long about what I wanted to write; Ethan and I have been faithful about not saying negative things about each other to anyone for our [...]

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

+J.M.J.+ Have you ever impulsively bought a cookbook you stumbled upon at the bookstore? It was full of beautiful, glossy, full-page color photos of tantalizing (and complicated) dishes that you just had to try, wasn't it? You were going to make every one of those recipes, impressing your family and friends, and broadening your culinary [...]

Pray for Father When He Receives Holy Communion + A Challenge For Your Week

Pray for Father When He Receives Holy Communion + A Challenge For Your Week

+J.M.J.+ When was the last time you prayed for your priest? In the past at Holy Mass, I had so many intentions, prayers of thanksgiving, and people in my heart that I would forget to pray for the man who is literally there in Persona Christi, in the place of Christ. Our priests never stop working once [...]

Why We Don’t Wait – Our “Early” Pregnancy Announcements

Why We Don’t Wait – Our “Early” Pregnancy Announcements

Years ago I read an article about annoying things that shouldn't be posted on Facebook. After criticisms of week-long teenage romances and vague status updates, it mentioned 1st trimester pregnancy announcements. The article went on to say that no one wants to deal with the uncomfortable awkwardness of a friend later posting they had miscarried [...]