Whatever God Wants

Whatever God Wants

+J.M.J.+ You know that lovely feeling when someone genuinely says, "Whatever you want!"? Perhaps your spouse truly doesn't care where you go on your date, what meal you write down on the menu plan, or which destination is next on a trip. There is something so wonderful when you know the person with you truly [...]

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

“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. Disclosure: We are [...]

I Am So Impatient

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

I’m Not Owed Things Being Perfect

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 [...]

The Best and Easiest Way to Pray

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 [...]

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. 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 [...]

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 [...]

This Embarrasses Me {But It Is Authentic}

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 [...]

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 [...]