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

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

Uncategorized, Homemaking, Catholic Life, Thrifty Living, Family Life

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}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Natural Living, Parenting, Uncategorized

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

Catholic Life, Family Life, Uncategorized

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}

Catholic Life, Family Life, Parenting, Uncategorized

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

Family Life, Natural Living, Nursing, Uncategorized

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

Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage, Uncategorized

Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection

+J.M.J.+ I met the love of my life in person on July 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. and exactly one year later on July 19th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. I walked down the aisle to become his wife. This is the start of Ethan and I's love story. You Have A Message From Ethan In… Continue reading Our Love Story – A Catholic Match Connection