Birth Stories, Catholic Life, Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Living, Uncategorized

“Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

+J.M.J.+ I've read more books on birth than any other topic other than Catholicism, probably having gone through at least twenty volumes on it so far, not including countless of birth stories I've read online. Truly, there is something about the miracle of pregnancy and birth that never gets old for me. When I saw… Continue reading “Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Guide to Birth” {Book Review}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Am So Impatient

+J.M.J.+ I remember Fr. Chad Ripperger once saying that if you don't know what your primary fault is, just pray to know and God will quickly show you. He is right, and I have experienced this myself! Another method to discover this is to have children. They seem to bring things out of you that… Continue reading I Am So Impatient

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

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

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

It’s Not About The Numbers

+J.M.J.+ The first book I read this year was "Who Am I To Judge?: Responding to Relativism With Love and Logic" by Dr. Edward Sri. (You can find this fantastic book here on Amazon.) It is an interesting, easy read that addresses the problems faced by Catholics talking to moral relativists. (You know, the overwhelming… Continue reading It’s Not About The Numbers

Catholic Life, Uncategorized

It’s My Birthday {And It Is Always Sad}

+J.M.J.+ Today is my birthday; I'm 28 years old. And I won't lie, despite my husband's sweet gestures, and well wishes from my friends and family... today is always sad for me. I shared my birthday with the greatest grandpa to ever live. I wish I had some photos of our joint celebrations to share… Continue reading It’s My Birthday {And It Is Always Sad}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Homemaking, Thrifty Living, Uncategorized

This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}

+J.M.J.+ Want to see something I love? It's this. It's such a pretty memory - my handsome groom and I surrounded my friends, in a lovely hotel, enjoying a toast during our reception. I've always thought this photo is so classy and elegant. It was a beautiful reality! You want to see something the embarrasses… Continue reading This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}

Catholic Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

We Saved Our First Kiss

+J.M.J.+ One of the most memorable, spectacular, and beautiful moments of my life was sharing my first kiss with Ethan. I'll never forget it. It was on our wedding day. Not kissing until a couple is married is quite common amongst fundamentalist Christians. There is a whole genre of books aimed at Christian teens that… Continue reading We Saved Our First Kiss

Catholic Life, Family Life, Natural Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

Dear First-Time Mom: It’s Okay To Plan

+J.M.J.+ Dear First-Time Mom: Whenever you have gone on a trip in the past I'm sure you researched your destination and thought ahead. Sure, not everything happened as you expected. Planes were delayed, a tourist attraction closed, a fun destination worth spending more time at bumped another item off your agenda... all kinds of things… Continue reading Dear First-Time Mom: It’s Okay To Plan