Birth Story #4 – Mary

Birth Story #4 – Mary

+J.M.J.+ Today's birth story comes from Mary. I know her personally and her husband's words of wisdom really helped and encourage Ethan to be open to home birth for us. They have such a beautiful family, and she is sharing with us the birth of her fifth baby. Enjoy! ____________________ Our oldest son had been [...]

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Did Jesus Feel His Father Abandoned Him? {My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?}

Did Jesus Feel His Father Abandoned Him? {My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?}

+J.M.J.+ Holy Week is here. I cannot believe this Lenten season is reaching its end, and we are just days away from the remembrance of Christ's excruciating Passion on Good Friday. Since I was a teenager I had always been confused around this time of year when I would hear the Gospel accounts of the [...]

I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

+J.M.J.+ Recently I was talking to a friend who is really far from any family - she and her husband raise their children without the help of their parents and siblings. I so resonated with her frustration as we ourselves live hundreds of miles from either of our families. She said something during our conversation [...]

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Did you enjoy Geneva's birth story last week? (Click here if you missed it!) This week I am featuring her sister Nicole's story. ___________________ Just one month after my sister had told me she was pregnant I was very excited to discover that I was expecting as well. This would be my eighth baby and [...]

The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

+J.M.J.+ I don't know about you, but mental prayer can be really hard for me. My mind wanders. It can feel dry and boring. Quiet conversation with God seems difficult and one-sided. I feel like I start well for a minute, then soon become distracted and weary. In fact, in the past I always felt [...]

I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

+J.M.J.+ Treats to celebrate a holiday or milestone are special and often become tasty traditions we look forward to. When it comes to various Church feasts, birthdays, and the like I usually make the desserts, but there are still a few times in the year I throw caution to the window and "splurge." Easter has [...]

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

Birth Story #2 – Geneva

+J.M.J.+ I have something exciting here in our Natural Birth Story Series... two stories from sisters who gave birth a month apart in their respective homes using the same midwife! Geneva gave birth to her fourth baby, then her sister Nicole followed with her eighth a month later. These births came during a difficult time [...]

Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

+J.M.J.+ Kombucha. Surely you've heard of the healthy, soda-like bubbly drink of hipsters and crunchy people alike, right? Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic tea that has amazing health benefits, plus it tastes fantastic. At $3.50+ on average for a bottle of raw, organic kombucha, it can quickly become an expensive drink to enjoy. However, it [...]

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

+J.M.J.+ Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites Ethan's parents asked what I would like for my birthday last month, and without much deliberation I said I'd love to [...]