3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

3 Ways to Communicate Better with your Spouse

+J.M.J.+ I feel more than slightly under-qualified after just 5.5 years of marriage to be giving tips on the topic. However, since I was asked about it and do think that since this is one of Ethan and I's strong points, I'm presenting 3 ways you can better communicate with your spouse. Know Each Other [...]

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 [...]

$65 4 Year Old Girl Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

$65 4 Year Old Girl Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

+J.M.J.+ A few weeks ago I went consignment sale shopping for Philomena's Fall/Winter wardrobe. I got her some items not shown here like snow pants, snow boots, and a winter hat. She also has pajamas and a couple sweaters from a spring sale or hand-me-downs that will work well this winter. I'm just sharing her [...]

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 [...]