Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading Birth Story #4 – Mary

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

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

Catholic Life, Marriage, Parenting, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading Birth Story #3 – Nicole

Catholic Life, Prayers, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

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

Birth Stories, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading Birth Story #2 – Geneva

Healthy Eating, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

Grocery Haul, Healthy Eating, Real Food, Uncategorized, Weekly Menu

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… Continue reading One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama