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 [...]

Our Pre-school Curriculum

Our Pre-school Curriculum

+J.M.J.+ Philomena is four years old, and very interested in school (or "skew" as it sounds when she says it!). Daddy used to be a teacher, and her best little friend is in school now, so she has been harping on me to start school herself. However, if you know me, you know I am [...]

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 [...]

Our Favorite Advent Resources

Our Favorite Advent Resources

albu+J.M.J.+ (Updated 11/8/19 to include new favorites!) Here are some wonderful resources for both adults and children that we use during this season of preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus at His birth! Advent Calendar My girls loved using "The Story of Christmas" reusable Advent calendar we got here off Amazon last year. Each little hardback book has [...]

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

+J.M.J.+ We were graciously given lots of hand-me-down clothes from friends when we had Philomena. I needed to buy a few items here and there to fill in the gaps, but overall for the last three years she has been able to wear the clothes we were so generously gifted. Size 4 has approached though, [...]

How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

How I Shop Kid’s Resale Events

+J.M.J.+ Thrift stores, consignment shops, the Facebook marketplace, and sometimes garage sales are all wonderful spots to get clothes, baby gear, and kid's shoes at deep discounts. But when I was pregnant with Philomena a friend from church introduced me to the magic that is children's resale/consignment events. I had never heard of these before, [...]

Instant T.V. and Movie Editing – Why We Use Vidangel

+J.M.J.+ Vidangel is not the latest news, yet I know there are still a lot of people who haven't heard of it or used it before. This is an awesome streaming service that allows you to filter out any content you find objectionable in one of their available t.v. shows or movies. This includes everything [...]

The House Is Organized + How I Am Maintaining It

+J.M.J.+ I used to be obsessed with decluttering and organization Youtube videos, and a couple years ago had our house down to a really manageable level of organization - everything we owned had a home. Cliche as it sounds, a place for everything and everything in its place is actually a big part of keeping [...]

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

Easy and Budget-Friendly Birthday Party {Zelie Turns One!}

+J.M.J.+ Zelie Maria is one today! We had a simple little party for her at the park yesterday with some church friends. 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 and affiliated sites [...]

Advice For Single Catholics

Advice For Single Catholics

+J.M.J+ As I look back on Ethan and I's relationship as I often do this time of year near our anniversary, it has struck my heart that I would like to share some advice to single people looking for their future spouse. Always Be Discerning First of all, make sure you have discerned your vocation. [...]