Monday, March 31, 2014

March Birthdays 2014 (Photos. So. Many. Photos.)

Little Miss fancy pants Cecilia has finally turned 4, which of course means she's hitchhiking to get her driver's license as we speak.

party dress and party hair courtesy of one big sister Lizzy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Well-dressed toddlers and their brother (7qt)

If there has ever been a picture of two sisters that I've loved more than this one, I can't remember it.

Completely self-directed.  Oh my heart.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Not Like a Box of Chocolates

The image I had was of God giving me a gift, a present, that was for me.  Like, say, a box of chocolates.  And to "share my gifts" meant that I got to eat some of the chocolates but I should also give a few chocolates to other people. And maybe some gifts are like this.  The material wealth God blesses us with, for example.  Of course we use it to care for the very real physical needs of our family, but then we share a portion of what we've been given with those in need.  And then I kind of stuck my fingers in my ears and went "lalalalala...I can't hear you" when it came to gifts of talent and ability.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What I Wore Sunday (28/30 weeks)

I'm heeeeeere...with my wrap dress...and I love you, I love you, I love youuuuuuu!

So, I'm not sure if I've What I Wore Sunday-ed for this entire pregnancy, but I think I'll be wearing this dress long after baby is born and won't it be fun to compare before and after shots and be all like "dang girl!  You was a whale of a woman way back 6 months ago!"?  Yes, it will be fun.  Trust me.  I know all about fun.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Riches, them kids, and a must-watch video (7qt)

Yesterday's theme for #holylens and Theme Thursday was "rich" and I kept waiting until I could take a really great picture with my real camera so I could be all photographer-like.  "The's gotta LOOK rich!"

Which means of course I did nothing.

Perfection is the enemy of progress.  Sigh.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Discounts, Novenas, and Important Prayer Requests

20% off at Kohl's

This coupon code doesn't go live until tomorrow, 3/20, but it's valid through Sunday and I didn't want to forget to tell you.  So, use the code SPRINGTIME and you'll get a sweet 20% off your purchase.  Shop via Ebates and get 6% cashback as well!  Much saving of the dinero.  (think Easter apparel, summertime clothes, clearance winter stuff.  But our birthday season is just starting up so maybe I'm too much in shopping mode right now....)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green. With. Envy.

The bad part about using a bloglovin' to do my reading...

Wait, let's start off with the good. The GOOD part about using bloglovin' is that every blog is the same, so anyone who reads mine can forget how stale and old and ga ga goo goo baby goes poo poo in her diaper it looks. 

The bad part is that I don't see other people's blogs either until I use a real computer some fateful night. Like last night.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Siblings, reading, jam and answered prayers (phfr, TT, WWRW)

I stepped outside this morning, braving the brisk -5 degrees, to catch this photo of the sunlight and the snow together, hopefully for the last time this season.  Because I couldn't think of any other pretty to shoot.
 Then I turned around and saw this and thought that maybe despite the pajamas and the messy hair, the toys and food strewn all over the table, that this might be an even more beautiful sight.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

5 Favorite Ways to Un-frumpify a maternity wardbrobe

The other day a sweet mama named Katie left this question in the combox of one my my posts: "I know this is really off topic, but can you talk about maternity clothes? Like, what to thrift and what do you splurge on? How do you look so cute and not frumpy, like I always feel?!"

Well, first of all, I think all pregnant women tend to feel like frumpy beached whales (can beached whales also be frumpy?  Work with me.) and they perceive that all the other pregnant women they know have it totally together in the style department.  So I feel funny answering this because if you talk to anyone who knows me in person, they will assure you that I can barely go for four minutes without talking about how ginormous I am and how unflattering every article of clothing I own is.

But I will press on because who doesn't like a ready-made blog post topic?

My 5 fave items to wear while pregnant to combat frumpage

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Midwife appointment redux

My darling midwife just left (we often end up having the most interesting existential discussions.  So enjoyable) and instead of dumping this on one or two people via email, I thought I'd go ahead and force all of you to listen.  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Crying Season

I cry a lot. Well, maybe I should say that I cry easily.  What I mean is that I'm not sad a lot, but happy things make me cry as much or more than sad things do.  And I was reminded today that Crying During Mass season has started.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Go to this, stat.

You guys.  I feel so super energized.  If you do any work with your parish or for your parish or someone at your parish knows you have a blog and they sometimes ask you for interwebz advice, advice-ify them to register for The Digital Church Conference prontisimo.

Thursday, March 06, 2014


This is the real condition of the real bottom of the real produce bin in my actual, indoor refrigerator.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rosary bracelets you'll love (with discount code!)

Will you just look at this gorgeous piece of gorgeousness?  I am in love!

Shannon is a friend of mine, a homeschooling mom up in Grand Rapids, and the creative smarts behind the OrganicMamas shop on Etsy.  She recently started making these rosary bracelets from semi-precious stones and I am so grateful she sent me one as a gift.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Two wrongs don't make a right, but three wrongs do?

Day 7 of the 7 day blogging challenge and this is probably the third time I've tried to start this dang post.  Gah!  Clothing management? No one wants to hear me whine.  What I wore?  No good photos.  The Dutch baby pancake(s?) we ate for dinner?  Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Wait, if three ideas are bad, writing about ALL three bad things at once is going to be great, right???  Oh my gosh, I'm a genius.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Lent for Pregnant People

A sweet reader, who happens to be 35 weeks pregnant, messaged me a couple of days ago (hi Claire!) asking about observing Lent while with child.  In previous years she's incorporated fasting into her Lenten observance, something that won't really work during this season of her life.  Normally I would just respond to her message personally, but since I have to write a post today anyway, all of you get to see what I would say.  Lucky!
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