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}

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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

Family Life, Home Birth, Natural Childbirth, Natural Living, Nursing, Parenting, Uncategorized

New Parents: Research What Matters

+J.M.J.+ This week my mother-in-law sent me a tragic news story about a baby suffocating inside a baby carrier. When she messaged me the link she commented that this must not be the same type of stretchy wrap I use, but it was the same thing, just a different brand. I am not scared my… Continue reading New Parents: Research What Matters

Family Life, Homemaking, Uncategorized

Organizing Kid’s Clothes

+J.M.J.+ This past weekend I finally tackled a project I have been dreading and avoiding for months: organizing the girls' clothes. Before Philomena was born I sorted out all of her clothing loose into big totes, but I learned this didn't work well for us. As she changed sizes so quickly I was having multiple… Continue reading Organizing Kid’s Clothes

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There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

+J.M.J.+ Philomena was almost 17 months old on the wonderful day I found out that she was a big sister. I was excited to tell her, although at that age she didn't quite understand. As the months went on though, she knew exactly what was going on as we took the following steps to prepare her… Continue reading There’s A New Kid In Town: How I Prepared My Toddler For Baby

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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}

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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

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My Favorite Movie – {I Bet You Haven’t Seen It}

+J.M.J.+ The other night Ethan asked me to find something on VidAngel to watch as a weekend treat, and nothing was jumping out at me. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I have never before shared with him my favorite movie; I Am David. This was a wonderful film released in 2003, based on a… Continue reading My Favorite Movie – {I Bet You Haven’t Seen It}

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Telling My Toddler the Truth

+J.M.J.+ Saying "no" to a toddler doesn't always go over so well. Sometimes there is a meltdown or tantrum; crying and ear-piercing expressions of displeasure. It is *really* uncomfortable to deal with a child flailing around who is mad about the bad news you delivered about leaving the library or not being able to have… Continue reading Telling My Toddler the Truth

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Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping

+J.M.J.+ Sleeping arrangements for families with small children are incredibly varied. I know people who use separate nurseries with baby in the crib from the start, to friends that have family beds with parents and kids all piled in together. For us, co-sleeping with just our babies has been a sanity-saver. Co-sleeping Safe co-sleeping has allowed… Continue reading Night Weaning and Toddler Beds – How We {Gently} Transitioned from Cosleeping