Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (And Beyond)

Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (And Beyond)

+J.M.J.+ After a long Advent full of anticipation and preparation, our family is so ready for Christmas come December 25th! In trying to make our home and domestic church mirror our actual church, we celebrate the Christmas season with full force, trying to make each day special. I find it helpful to map out Christmas [...]

Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

Taking Kids to Midnight Mass – Why We Do it and 9 Tips to Make it Easier

+J.M.J.+ I had never been to a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass until just a few years ago; neither had Ethan. It had never been a part of either of our family's traditions growing up. When Ethan was no longer a teacher with a great Christmas break schedule and we were far from family living in [...]

Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

Our Catholic Homeschool First Grade Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ We use Mother of Divine Grace as the base of our homeschool, with just a few swaps. I discuss Mother of Divine Grace and classical education in this post found here if you are interested in reading more. Here is a roundup of what we are using for First Grade with Philomena this year. [...]

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

Why We Chose Mother of Divine Grace for Our Homeschool

+J.M.J.+ When you talk homeschooling, the first question usually asked is "What curriculum are you using?"Seton Home Study School is probably the most popular programs in the United States amongst Catholic homeschoolers. My mother used it for my entire education growing up, so when someone asks me the curriculum question now they are surprised I [...]

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

How We Handle Kids at Holy Mass

+J.M.J.+ How to handle taking children to Holy Mass is often a challenge for parents to navigate, as well as a polarizing topic amongst Catholics. Obligatory disclaimer: I am not writing this judging other parents and how they handle their children at Mass, or trying to say this is the best way to handle taking [...]

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

How We Paid Off $23K + A Catholic Perspective on Dave Ramsay

+J.M.J.+ We have paid off $23,031.00 of student loan debt in two years on an income less than the national average. It was our only debt and it is a relief like no other to have this gone. Ethan graduated with his bachelors degree debt free - this was from a post graduate program. We [...]

Baby #4 – Pregnancy after Miscarriage

Baby #4 – Pregnancy after Miscarriage

+J.M.J.+ God has blessed Ethan and I with our fourth child. It is actually quite surreal just 7 weeks since losing baby Andrew Mary to be expecting again. I had no warning something was wrong during Andrew's pregnancy until he was gone, so I wanted to make sure that I didn't have some sort of [...]

Our Home Altar + Inspiration for Your Own

Our Home Altar + Inspiration for Your Own

+J.M.J.+ Once Ethan had a surprise waiting for me when I returned home with Philomena from a visit to see my parents. He had secretly commissioned a friend to build us a custom home altar. It's simple but perfect for our current stage in life. We had utilized a bookshelf for this purpose in the [...]

A Day in My Life {Stay at Home Mom with Two Kids}

A Day in My Life {Stay at Home Mom with Two Kids}

+J.M.J.+ When I shared about our general daily routine and my rule of life in this post earlier this month, a lot of you wanted to know what a day in the life looked like with a bit more detail. Every day with a family has lots of variation, but the following is what a [...]

3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

+J.M.J.+ I feel more than slightly under-qualified after just 5.5 years of marriage to be giving tips on the topic. However, since I was asked about it and do think that since this is one of Ethan and I's strong points, I'm presenting 3 ways you can better communicate with your spouse. Know Each Other [...]