Bob kept forgetting to not wear a school shirt that had a bleached out almost see-through patch on the chest. The brothers took care of it.
Happy Pentecost and Happy Birthday to the Church! We’re hoping the weather allows our traditional bonfire and s’mores. 🤞 #Pentecost 🕊🔥💦💨#redforpentecost #liturgicalliving #catholic
I haven’t gotten to see any of the royal wedding yet, because we went from Jack’s confirmation straight to hosting a big dinner party, but my IG scrolling tells me we are sharing wedding dresses. So, here’s mine! The mantilla was my mom’s from my parents’ wedding. The dress was new: cap sleeves, empire waist, alencon lace. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Or the fella. 😘😘 #thedogwasborrowed
Congratulations to our new strong and perfect Christian and soldier of Jesus Christ. He was a tiny bit disappointed that the slap wasn’t better, but he’s hopeful that the speaking in tongues thing is going to come in handy for his Latin final. 🕊🔥💦💨 #Catholic #confirmation p.s. Thanks to @blythefike for lending us Mr. Fike all morning. 😘
No one asked, but here it is: my entire beauty routine, actual speed, with a ten month old on my lap and a two year old at my ear. I don’t have a lot of time to spend on self-care, but I can manage one minute! 😁💄💋👁 #oneminutemakeup
Mothers of difficult toddlers, rejoice. There is hope. This guy is my oldest, and he was SO HARD. He would make himself throw up if he didn’t like what I made for dinner and thought he could get a popsicle instead. He dropped a full glass of orange juice on the floor of an airport restaurant, splattering everyone around us, because he didn’t like that it felt cold in his hands. He didn’t like taking naps so he did things like eating board books and shoving all of his clothing out of the second story window instead. He was frustrated with his siblings and his responsibilities. He always had a reason and an answer for everything. He always had a better idea for how or if he should do something. He was distracted all the time, to the point of really not being able to follow instructions. It’s funny to look back on, but it was HARD. We have spent almost sixteen years losing our tempers and wringing our hands, but also loving him and being consistent and spending time and explaining and following through. He’s had his dad and his grandfathers and a great scout master and a great spiritual director. And you guys, today this young man is such a joy. He’s confident and friendly and responsible. He is sweet to his little sisters and helps old men find things at Home Depot. I like him. I trust him. I enjoy his company. We spent today, just the two of us, at an amusement park. I don’t know what the future will bring, of course, and I’m not saying we are done parenting him. But I can say today that the challenge and the frustration and the effort feels 100% worth it, and gives me hope for my other stinkers. 😬🤞😘
So grateful to be the mother to this passel o’ kids. It’s a crazy, busy, beautiful life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Another day, another May Crowning. #catholiclyfe #moreinstories
🎼 Mary we crown thee with blossoms today 😇👸🏻💐🌷🌹🌺🌸🌼🌻🎶 #catholic #maycrowning
Giveaway closed//I’ve got a giveaway going this week for these two lovely little illustrated devotionals for kids (and distractable grownups who like something to focus on 🙋♀️). One is the Rosary in Art for Children and the other is the Stations of the Cross for Children. The books are available on Amazon, links to them are in last Saturday’s blog post. (Link in profile.) But you can also enter to win a set of both books! I’m giving away one set on IG, one set on FB, and one set on the blog. You can enter all three. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook, by commenting, you certify that you are at least thirteen years old. Good luck! May is the month of Mary, so this is a great time to commit or recommit to a regular Rosary, and these books just might be the inspiration you need! To enter, just leave a comment letting us know your earliest Rosary-related memory. Mine is the plastic glow in the dark Rosary I received for my First Communion. I’d charge it up with my bedside lamp and then admire it under my comforter until I fell asleep. I’m not sure if I ever said a Rosary on it or anything. But I did love it! 👍😁📿😍 #catholicallyear #catholicstuffsaturday
Channeling my inner @jenniferfulwiler by showing up at Jack’s last baseball game of the season with nine kids but only sixteen shoes. 😬🤷♀️😁
Fun weekend catching up with friends in NorCal. And Betty got to make a pilgrimage to her “mother church,” where she was baptized fourteen years ago!
When you’re on a road trip and the kids want to get jerky at the ⛽️, but it’s Friday, so you say no, but they’ve got alligator jerky, AND your kids know that alligator doesn’t count as meat, and so, obviously, then you say yes. But then it turns out that it’s alligator AND beef. It’s a real emotional roller coaster, I tell you what. 🐊🐄
The sun finally came out for the first time since we moved the bees in, and they’re out and about and buzzing around. We’ve got them up in a corner of the yard, up above the driveway, in an area that we’ve planted with fruit trees. They seem to be keeping themselves to themselves up there. And they really are fascinating to watch! #backyardbeekeeping
What are your favorite cookbooks? I’m putting together a resource and want a few to reference. I have my standards, but I’m wondering what’s missing from our shelf.
My three words of advice for following your dreams, especially as a mother, are Believe, Surrender, Assess. 1. Believe that God could be calling you to something. Your thing won’t be the same as mine, but we each have gifts, and we’re not supposed to bury them in the yard. #thebiblesays Believe that you might have something to contribute and that answering God’s call will be very fulfilling.2. Surrender: but it’s definitely not going to end up looking like you thought it would. The timing, the details, everything will turn out according to God’s plan, not yours. And that’s better, of course. 3. Assess: such a key for achievement while mothering is recognizing and respecting the season you’re in. Not all things will be possible at all times. But some small thing that gives you joy and adds beauty to the world will be possible at all times, and that thing you had decided was impossible might become possible because now the baby naps. I’m constantly assessing, and fitting my dreams to my reality and my reality to my dreams. So, that’s what it looks like for me! Check out @jenniferfulwiler ‘s lovely new book, out today, for her thoughts on the subject. #georgeapproved And see #onebeautifuldream for more takes. And add your own!
My friend @micaela_darr found a swarm of bees in her hedge. And *I* just happened to have a bee hive box with no bees in it. Also, messing with bees was on my bucket list. 😏😂 So . . . I came over and we put the bees in the box! We saw the 👸🏻🐝 go in, so hopefully they’ll decide to stay! We’re going to give them until tonight to get settled, and then move to box to our house. #seemehomeschool See my IG stories for more!
Feeling so grateful today to have had this stinker in our lives for another year. And I wanted to thank each of you who prayed for Frankie last year when he was in the hospital. I posted the first photo of him all bandaged up in the emergency room, because I thought it was cute how much he looked like the injured guy emoji 🤕. Little did I know that a few minutes later he’d be unresponsive, then having a seizure in the CT scanner, then cut out of his clothes and rushed in an ambulance to another hospital. Your prayers were a great support for our family. I’m grateful that we were able to bring Frankie home, as good (and bad 😇😈) as new. I’m praying today also for parents who cannot say the same. 😥
Giveaway closed///New post on the blog today with odds and ends from our week, plus I get to give away three copies of this awesome LEGO catechism by @buildingblocksoffaith ! 😁💃🎉 You can enter by leaving a comment on the blog post, on the FB post from this morning (with the image of Our Lady of Grace), and/or on this image on Instagram. Comment with who in your life would appreciate a catechism filled with solid theology and Bible history, AND whimsical LEGO! Follow my account or @buildingblocksoffaith and tag an IRL friend for an extra entry. Giveaway ends next Saturday, winner has two days to respond or I’ll pick a new winner. Contest is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram, by entering you certify that you are 13+ years old. Good luck! #linkinprofile
Our friend Fr. Philip came over for dinner last night and offered to bless the house, which is always an offer I can’t refuse! He went through FOUR bottles of holy water 💦💦💦💦! And every bit of this house is blessed, even the bathrooms. Fr. Philip says Norbertines won’t bless the bathroom, but HE is a Carmelite. 😂😂 Anyway, I grabbed my phone and recorded the whole thing and it’s up in my stories until this evening when it will disappear forever unless anyone knows a way to save a live video? I didn’t see the option for that. It will give you an impromptu house tour! #gramblewood #inviteapriesttodinner #houseblessing