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

Catholic Life, Family life, Marriage, Uncategorized

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

Healthy Eating, homemaking, Natural living, real food, Uncategorized

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

+J.M.J.+ Have you ever impulsively bought a cookbook you stumbled upon at the bookstore? It was full of beautiful, glossy, full-page color photos of tantalizing (and complicated) dishes that you just had to try, wasn't it? You were going to make every one of those recipes, impressing your family and friends, and broadening your culinary… Continue reading The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

Catholic Life, prayers, Uncategorized

Pray for Father When He Receives Holy Communion + A Challenge For Your Week

+J.M.J.+ When was the last time you prayed for your priest? In the past at Holy Mass, I had so many intentions, prayers of thanksgiving, and people in my heart that I would forget to pray for the man who is literally there in Persona Christi, in the place of Christ. Our priests never stop working once… Continue reading Pray for Father When He Receives Holy Communion + A Challenge For Your Week

Family life, Uncategorized

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

Catholic Life, Family life, prayers, Uncategorized

Why All the Repetition? – The Rosary

+J.M.J.+ October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and so I want to quickly reflect on something some non-Catholics object to in the Rosary, and how it is beneficial in so many aspects of our lives...it's repetition. Some argue that this prayer given by our Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic over four hundred years… Continue reading Why All the Repetition? – The Rosary

Healthy Eating, real food, Recipes, Uncategorized

Grocery Haul/Menu + Instant Pot Grits

+J.M.J.+ Hello friends! I wanted to give you a quick peek at our grocery haul from this week, and a current favorite breakfast recipe. We went to Trader Joes for everything except milk, shrimp, and cheddar bunny crackers, which came from Whole Foods. I wish I had things laid out a little better, and had… Continue reading Grocery Haul/Menu + Instant Pot Grits