• Faith,  Motherhood,  Writing

    January: Joy and Suffering Intertwined

    January was the hardest month for me last year (today especially, on the day we miscarried). It was the first time I had really experienced the sting and heaviness of grief, and I relied on Jesus and my husband more than I ever had before in my life. My little boys were especially precious to me as I waded through those strange waters of pain and questioning, and I gratefully welcomed each tender hug and kiss from them day after day. I remember feeling the emptiness of my womb as I stood at mass one day, afraid that I’d never carry a healthy little life within me again and begging…

  • Faith,  Motherhood

    Advent + Christmas Children’s Books

    One of my favorite traditions in December is celebrating St. Nicholas Day on December 6. There is a great post by Wellness Mama on the tradition of St. Nicholas Day around the world if you don’t know the history behind it, as well as a fantastic post about St. Nicholas Day traditions to incorporate in your family by Ascetic Life of Motherhood. We grew up putting our shoes outside our bedroom door, hoping to find them filled with goodies from St. Nicholas the next morning. It was so much fun! I love continuing the tradition with my own children (and keeping it simple). My favorite St. Nicholas gift to the…

  • Motherhood

    On Grief

    “We live in the broken place, in an earth bruised and blackened with grief, yet still pulsing with the beauty that began it. Brightness is all about us, light and love, music and friendship, an air that fills the lungs of our souls with life even as our feet are mired in death. We breathe it, dying into life as our God draws us to himself. Grief is the music to which we are born, yet joy is the rhythm by which we walk our long way to all that God intends us to be.” I bookmarked that excerpt from Sarah Clarkson, whose writing I love dearly, at at a…

  • Faith,  Home Design,  Motherhood,  Writing

    What makes a house a home?

    I wanted to share an article I wrote for Everyday Mamas about the meaning of home. You can find the original post here: https://everydaymamas.com/what-makes-a-house-a-home/ “Hitherto the Herb of Grace had been to them a summer home; they had known it only permeated with sun and light, flower-scented, windows and doors open wide. But now doors were shut, curtains drawn to hide the sad, grey dusk. Instead of the lap of the water against the river wall they heard the whisper of the flames, and instead of the flowers in the garden they smelt the roasting chestnuts, burning apple logs, the oil lamps, polish – all the home smells.  This intimacy…

  • Motherhood

    Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

    There are few things that bring me greater joy than choosing Christmas gifts for my children. It’s just too much fun to imagine their little faces on Christmas morning when baby Jesus is finally in the manger and Santa Claus has paid us that long-awaited visit. Christmas in our house growing up was unbelievably magical (thanks, Mom!) and I’d love to give my own children that gift, too. Since I know it’ll be hard enough to keep a quiet, peaceful Advent with all of the activities and normal life going on, I wanted to get most of the shopping done now so that I can really enter into the Advent…

  • Motherhood

    Children’s Books: Autumn

    One of my absolute favorite things about having kids is celebrating the changing seasons with them. With all of the noise and mess and daily duties, small things like sitting next to them with a new book from the library as their eyes grow big with excitement means so, so much. Jack has been loving these books lately, and they’re getting us excited for apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf-pile jumping, bonfires and hayrides at Marmee and Pops’ house. The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor Autumn by Gerda Muller The Autumn Visitors by Karel Hayes

  • Motherhood,  Writing

    sleeping babies

    There was this very distinct moment in my first year of motherhood that is still so vivid in my mind. It had been a hard day–one of those days as a new mom where you feel like the quiet and hiddenness is more of a burden than a gift. It seemed like everyone else was out there doing exciting things while my own life was standing still; even the life that I had chosen and dreamed of since I was a little girl, the life that my heart always longed for. I remember saying to God, “I didn’t go to graduate school, I’m not working a high-paying job (or any…

  • Motherhood,  Product Reviews

    Wildflower & Rye Linen Swaddles

    When Annelise, mother and owner of Wildflower and Rye, reached out to me about her handmade linen baby swaddles, I couldn’t wait to wrap my little fall baby up in them. The durability and timelessness of the linen, along with the richness of color makes for one lovely baby swaddle. I also love that they add so much charm and beauty to the nursery when they’re draped over the crib or even just sitting in a basket. I chose Terra-cotta and Ivory Stripe. You can shop her swaddles here! https://www.etsy.com/shop/Wildflowerandrye

  • Motherhood,  Product Reviews

    WildBird Ring Sling

    I have a bit of an attachment to my ring sling. To the point where if my house were burning down I’d grab my kids and this sling. I know lots of women who swear by other slings/wraps, but even after trying those, my WildBird is always the one I grab first. It holds my big babies well and distributes their weight evenly, plus I can throw it on and tuck the baby inside in about 10 seconds flat. When Peter was a newborn, I never felt like he was loose or slipping, and I love how it’s easily adjustable so that I can tighten it with one quick tug.…