My Daily Routine / Schedule and Rule of Life

My Daily Routine / Schedule and Rule of Life

+J.M.J.+ In confession a few months ago, the priest asked me if I knew what a mother's rule of life was. I had brought before him the sin of wasting time online and thereby neglecting some of my duties as a wife and mother. I wish I could have told him that the idea was [...]

I Love You Andrew Mary {Honoring Our Baby and an Honest Miscarriage Conversation}

I Love You Andrew Mary {Honoring Our Baby and an Honest Miscarriage Conversation}

+J.M.J.+ I will always love and miss my little baby, Andrew Mary, whom we have had to give back to the loving care of Jesus. This post will share about our loss, how we are honoring our baby, a conversation on miscarriage, and some resources for people dealing with miscarriage or stillbirth. When I started [...]

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? Our family waiting is not about pride, looking down on people diving headfirst into Christmas festivities from Thanksgiving, or even earlier. This [...]

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 easily and with little expense! Girl Ideas Saint Philomena This year Philomena is going [...]

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 [...]