Not Just A Kill-Joy – Why This Catholic Waits To Celebrate Christmas

Not Just A Kill-Joy – Why This Catholic Waits To Celebrate Christmas

+J.M.J.+ If lights and carols, trimming trees and decorating cookies bring us joy and excitement, why wait? Why not enjoy the festive glow for all of December and even November if we want? This Is Not About Will Power This is not about pridefully waiting as "weaker" people can't seem to resist diving headfirst into [...]

Quick All Saints Day Costume Ideas

Quick All Saints Day Costume Ideas

+J.M.J.+ The feast of All Saints can be panic-inducing for parents needing to hurriedly put together a saint costume for their kids. Here are a few quick ideas and links for some costumes that you might be able to throw together in a hurry! Girl Ideas St. Joan of Arc Philomena is going to be [...]

A Lost Job and Signs From Heaven

A Lost Job and Signs From Heaven

+J.M.J.+ This past week our family received two signs from our friend in Heaven, Fr. Kenneth Walker, F.S.S.P.+. If you don't know of this holy young priest who was tragically killed during a church burglary in 2014, I have a whole post here on his story. In the comment section of that post you will see [...]

Fr. Kenneth Walker FSSP+ – Sanctity In A Short Life

Fr. Kenneth Walker FSSP+ – Sanctity In A Short Life

+J.M.J.+ On the night of June 11, 2014 a man recently released from jail who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol broke into a Catholic church in Phoenix and shot a young priest. His name was Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP. He was just 28 years old, and had been ordained for 2 short [...]

St. Valentine’s Day Resources

St. Valentine’s Day Resources

+J.M.J.+ The Feast of St. Valentine is this week so I am doing a quick round up of resources for you! I want to quickly throw out a reminder that fun liturgical living type activities should ultimately be making us holier by increasing our devotion. If they're actually making us miserable or feeling dread with [...]

Valentine’s Day For The Single Person – A Different Take

Valentine’s Day For The Single Person – A Different Take

Valentines Day can be seen as a silly commercialized holiday to sell flowers and candy to an incredibly romantic day celebrating love. And if you're a romantic at heart and single on Valentines Day... it can be really painful. I know this from experience because I am probably the most sentimental, romantic, emotional person you'd [...]

My Best Catholic Match Tips

My Best Catholic Match Tips

+J.M.J.+ I personally know at least 15 couples who met their spouse online. Ethan and I's marriage, our children, our home... it all began with an email through Catholic Match. (You can read our whole story here) Because I've been so open about us meeting online, I have been messaged lots of questions or prayer [...]

Our Favorite Advent Resources

Our Favorite Advent Resources

albu+J.M.J.+ (Updated 11/8/19 to include new favorites!) Here are some wonderful resources for both adults and children that we use during this season of preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus at His birth! Advent Calendar My girls loved using "The Story of Christmas" reusable Advent calendar we got here off Amazon last year. Each little hardback book has [...]

Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

+J.M.J.+ Vidangel is not the latest news, yet I know there are still a lot of people who haven't heard of it or used it before. This is an awesome streaming service that allows you to filter out any content you find objectionable in one of their available t.v. shows or movies. This includes everything [...]