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I was going to write this whole What I Did on My Blogging Break post for you, but I thought I would try to salvage the few of y'all who've stuck around since my abrupt hiatus. Instead, I will tl;dr it for you even though there was nothing to r so it couldn't have been tl. I'm, like, 16ish weeks pregs with this kid. Sam had salmonella poisoning, and I got to chat for a nice many moons with CDC about not eating raw chicken or licking turtles. Ellen is potty trained which means … [Read more...]

Helping Iraqi Christians

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It seems that when tragedy like the impending genocide in Iraq strikes and I am pregnant, I shut myself out to the destruction in the name of overactive hormones. I can't find it in me to read about horrific happenings when I am already in an emotional state. BUT, it doesn't mean I am totally unaware, and it doesn't mean that I don't care. I just have to be careful about what I read and who I get my information from. I try hard to keep away from the sensationalism and only search for the … [Read more...]

Catholic 101: Purgatory

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Where does the doctrine of Purgatory come from? Even before Christ, Jews believed God could forgive sins after death (2 Maccabees 12:46). Matthew 12:32, Luke 12:59, 1 Corinthians 3:15, and other passages may refer to Purgatory. Early Christians prayed for the dead. Purgatory is not a second chance for those who reject Christ. It's a place for those who follow Him to be purified of remaining sins or attachments so they can enter Heaven. If I steal, then repent, God forgives me, but I still … [Read more...]

Small Backyard Makeover + Veggie Fare

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When we bought our house, one minor drawback was the size of the backyard. It's, well, tiny. I happen to love that aspect of it because I do not have to leave my perch to know where Thing 1 and Thing 2 are at any given moment. Mike, however, wanted a place where he could entertain people and grill out like a man. Understandable. So, he got this patio idea into his head. And, I'll be honest, I didn't think it would happen. I thought it would be one of those things that we talked about forever, … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Cinch Up Messes

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I'm still kickin' it low tech style over here: not much blogging, candles, leaves and pinecones for...ha. nope. But, I did come out of hibernation for un momento to showcase a lovely little Etsy shop. Wanda, the owner of Cinch It, says, "Drawstrings..... Because everything should be tied up nice and neat!" She knows my heart, people. And, her adorable little mess keepers come in sizes Rosary through Yoga. So, you should be able to find a little cinch sack for anything you need to keep … [Read more...]

20 Things that Make Me Happy

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Gina dear listed over 20 things that make her happy because she finds joy in life. Then, she asked me what makes me happy, and I'm really glad she did. I am in this place right now where I KNOW I am blessed, but I am tired and out of patience with my charges. So, Gina is forcing me out of my funk, and I like her a whole lot for that. 20 things? I've got this. Getting packages in the mail My mom's pasta salad, chicken soup and fake beef stroganoff Lemons and limes Lavender, lilacs, … [Read more...]

An Examination of Conscience for Toddlers

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Sometimes I swear they are doing this stuff on purpose. I just KNOW that they are making a lucid and deliberate decision to break that Fourth Commandment. "But toddlers can't sin!" you say. Yeah, while that might be catechetically correct and all, I still can't help but wonder. And then I come up with stuff like this. And this is way more fun than trying to lobby for Hobby Lobby hearts on Facebook or Bob Loblaw's Law Blog. . … [Read more...]

How to Make a Spiritual Bouquet

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I am always so excited when Kelly comes to visit; I feel like I have a rock star over. And, today she is playing teacher by showing us how to make a spiritual bouquet. I may need one or 77 of these to make it through this first trimester. I’m happy to be here at Jenna’s today with a craft idea that is totally doable for little hands, yet enjoyable for older kids too. Learning how to make a spiritual bouquet card becomes a great little gift for name days, baptisms and a slew of other Holy D … [Read more...]

I probably owe you an explanation?

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Yes, yes. Everything is ok. I mean, I'm pregnant and hormonal and I've got two littles and an anxiety problem. So, I mean, everything is as ok as it can be ;) I just found that I was becoming overwhelmed and distracted by too many things, and I wasn't able to give the important things the attention they deserved. So, I decided to take a break. And, I know it was abrupt, but if I didn't go all in, then it would take me forever to get started. A little mental vacation is going to be so … [Read more...]

Sweet Summer Swag + Giveaway

Good Monday to you, dear mamas! We have an out of this world giveaway for you guys! Like, can't handle how much fun it is. It's the bomb dot com. Okay, enough with the suspense, check out below all of the amazing shops featured in the Sweet Summer Swag event! Dandy Lion Co. // Freshly Picked // Flourish Leather Kids // Dear Cub // Vonbon // The Twiddles // hOpscotch kids // Finn + Emma // The Jones Market // 1canoe2 // Taylor Joelle Here are some great Lookbook posts from A Mama … [Read more...]