Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

Advice For Single Catholics

+J.M.J+ As I look back on Ethan and I's relationship as I often do this time of year near our anniversary, it has struck my heart that I would like to share some advice to single people looking for their future spouse. Always Be Discerning First of all, make sure you have discerned your vocation.… Continue reading Advice For Single Catholics

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

I Missed My Chance

+J.M.J.+ A few weeks ago my husband's small private school held their high school graduation at a fancy event center. I was all dressed up, Philomena was home with our babysitter, and Zelie who was with us was all ready to nurse down in the carrier for her evening nap when we arrived. Everything was… Continue reading I Missed My Chance

Catholic Life, Family Life, Travel, Uncategorized

Future Plans + A Wedding

+J.M.J.+ It's been quiet around here lately because we are traveling in Montana and I needed to take a break. May was the busiest month of our life thus far and getting posts written ahead didn't happen. It's been good for my humility to remember the sun certainly doesn't rise and set on my writing,… Continue reading Future Plans + A Wedding

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