Embracing prayer, even when it hurts.
Catholicism

Embracing Prayer When it Hurts

As I mentioned recently, we've put our two older boys in Cub Scouts, which is a new adventure for our family. We don't really have the skills that one would wish for in Scout parents, so we kind of have to wing it and hope for the best. The first project was the Pinewood Derby.… Continue reading Embracing Prayer When it Hurts

How our family gets out the door without being late.
Large family, Parenting

How our Family of Ten is (hardly ever) Late

~1~ No, really! Okay, the "hardly ever" is important. We're late now and then (sorry, Becky). But we've developed a routine that seems to work for getting us most of the places most of the time. I can't remember the last time we were late for church or a doctor's appointment. This is not from some personal… Continue reading How our Family of Ten is (hardly ever) Late

Just for Fun

How to Win a Soda Bread Competition in 7 Easy Steps

This is the true story of how, a couple of years ago, I became a gold medal champion in an Irish soda bread competition, with helpful tips so that you, too, can bring home that coveted award! ~1~ Have a kid or two in Irish dance. I don't know if the competition will let you… Continue reading How to Win a Soda Bread Competition in 7 Easy Steps

My eighth birth story - a natural, posterior birth, with a midwife, in the hospital.
Birth Stories, Uncategorized

Birth Story #8 – Timothy – posterior hospital birth

For Timothy's birth, we decided to go back to the hospital. That's a whole story in itself, but suffice it to say that I surprised myself and decided that I didn't want another birth center birth, and I also didn't want the home birth I had long thought of. I was happiest in the hospital.… Continue reading Birth Story #8 – Timothy – posterior hospital birth

Super quick and easy Lenten decor
Catholicism, Liturgical Year, Simplicity

{SQT} Simple, Frugal Lenten Decor, Tofu, and Learning as I Go

~1~ Since I'm learning to incorporate the liturgical year into family life at the same time I'm adjusting to being a new Catholic, living in a new state, being a first-time homeowner, homeschooling with some unique challenges, and recovering from a serious financial slump, I'm keeping it simple. And cheap. I spent about 20 minutes… Continue reading {SQT} Simple, Frugal Lenten Decor, Tofu, and Learning as I Go

Rainy Day Ideas for Bored Kids
Homeschooling, Large family, Parenting

33 Rainy Day Ideas For Bored Kids

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Oi, the natives get restless when they are trapped inside! My kids play outside. A lot. They have way too much energy to… Continue reading 33 Rainy Day Ideas For Bored Kids

Seven things that didn't change when I converted from the Reformed tradition to the Catholic Church.
Catholic/Protestant Issues, Conversion

7 Things I Didn’t Lose When I Became Catholic

(This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from purchases made through affiliate links. My opinions are entirely my own. You can see my full disclosure policy here.  Thanks bunches.) Our conversion to the Catholic Church was a big deal. It's a major change; there are things I used to be pretty sure about… Continue reading 7 Things I Didn’t Lose When I Became Catholic