Vocation: Motherhood

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Hail Mary, Thank you for saying Yes to God.  In your willingness to give birth to Jesus, you gained a son; we gained a savior.  We hail you because, in our minds, you deserve nothing less than the respect reserved for royalty. Full of Grace […]

A Novena To Three American Saints For Life

A Novena To Three American Saints For Life

Saints Elizabeth Seton, Frances Cabrini and John Neumann are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of life. May we come to better know, love, and serve God as emulated by them, in their everyday lives.   Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, a prominent […]

True. Good. Beautiful.

True. Good. Beautiful.

As Christmas comes to a close, I shut my eyes for just a moment and linger a little longer in the sounds and smells of Christmas. I’ve got a gingerbread cake in the oven, a surprise for my kids after quiet time, and I’m simply […]

8th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

8th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Happy New Year 2017 On this day in our liturgical year, we celebrate Mary as the Mother of God – she who not only gave Jesus life, but who continues to breathe life in our hearts and minds as as Children of God. “To celebrate […]

My Ministry of Motherhood

My Ministry of Motherhood

 I recently revealed on my Quintessential Family blog that I finally bought a copy of Sally Clarkson’s The Ministry of Motherhood, a book that had long been on my wish list. Designed as a 6-week study, which can be taken as lightly as an inspiring read […]

Day 4: Water Park

Day 4: Water Park

Today’s Saint: St. Peter Damian Gospel Reading: Luke 5:27-32 After a well-intentioned morning of cleaning rooms, playing outdoors, and visiting friends, we ventured to one of our new favorite places: Lost Rios Indoor Water Park at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. We went […]

3 Things

3 Things

1) I am not a morning person. I repeat. I am not a morning person. I’ve tried and failed so many times at so many things that involve something other a comfy couch, a warm blanket, and a hot cup of coffee. This explains why […]

Simplifying Christmas

Simplifying Christmas

Upon lighting last year’s first Advent candle, I was filled with incredible hope for Christmas. Hope that I would be able to create beautiful memories for my children. Hope that greed would not overtake our desire to give. Hope that Christ would not get lost […]

You are My Jesus

You are My Jesus

“You are my Jesus.” That’s what I silently say to all of my children at the dawn of every day. I’ve heard it said – in varying turns of the phrase – that what you think about your children will frame your (and possibly their) future […]

When Mother Reads Aloud

When Mother Reads Aloud

When Mother reads aloud the past Seems real as every day; I hear the tramp of armies vast, I see the spears and lances cast, I join the thrilling fray; Brave knights and ladies fair and proud I meet when Mother reads aloud. When Mother […]