Family life, home birth, natural childbirth, Natural living, Uncategorized

Philomena’s Home Birth Story

+J.M.J+ Philomena was born exactly two years, six months, and one day ago. At home. I have been meaning to write down her story for that entire length of time, and finally have it down to share with you. Also, after her birth story, I have a section on the safety of home birth, as… Continue reading Philomena’s Home Birth Story

Catholic Life, Family life, Marriage, Uncategorized

“Once I Have X, I’ll Be Happy” Is A Lie

+J.M.J.+ One of the most frequent lies we tell ourselves is that once we obtain X thing, we will be happy. I have gone through this so many times myself. First I believed that once I reached my 20's I would be completely happy. As a teenager I thought it would be the prime of… Continue reading “Once I Have X, I’ll Be Happy” Is A Lie

Catholic Life, Family life, homemaking, Uncategorized

We Aren’t Celebrating Christmas. Yet.

+J.M.J.+ I have always had a hard time being patient waiting for Christmas. As a kid on Thanksgiving afternoon, I would insist on hanging a light-up Christmas angel on our living room window, turning on Christmas music, and begin nagging my parents to get the tree and decorations out of storage. It was Christmas time,… Continue reading We Aren’t Celebrating Christmas. Yet.

Family life, homemaking, travel, Uncategorized

There Is A Lasagna In My Suitcase – Its Not About The Turkey

+J.M.J.+ No really, there is a deep-frozen homemade lasagna going in my suitcase this week. See, we spend Thanksgiving with Ethan's family down South, and since he doesn't get off work until Wednesday that week, we can't be much help for my sister-in-law preparing the big meal. Last year she made a huge spread and… Continue reading There Is A Lasagna In My Suitcase – Its Not About The Turkey

Catholic Life, Family life, homemaking, prayers, Uncategorized

A Transformed Morning in Ten Minutes

+J.M.J.+ 7:30 a.m. is the hardest part of my day. Breakfast is over and Ethan packs up his bag and heads off to work. I love my girls and our days together, don't get me wrong, but sometimes knowing the whole days worth of work is just starting is so hard for me to get… Continue reading A Transformed Morning in Ten Minutes

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Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead

+J.M.J.+ At a recent friend's bridal shower, the guests were given a piece of paper to write down a piece of marriage advice for her. I didn't have to think long about what I wanted to write; Ethan and I have been faithful about not saying negative things about each other to anyone for our… Continue reading Stop Gossiping About Your Spouse: Remember Your Tabor Vision Instead

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Why We Don’t Wait – Our “Early” Pregnancy Announcements

Years ago I read an article about annoying things that shouldn't be posted on Facebook. After criticisms of week-long teenage romances and vague status updates, it mentioned 1st trimester pregnancy announcements. The article went on to say that no one wants to deal with the uncomfortable awkwardness of a friend later posting they had miscarried… Continue reading Why We Don’t Wait – Our “Early” Pregnancy Announcements