The Gratitude Project: Week 33

"I felt as though I caught a simple, modern-day glimpse of what Mary must have felt so many centuries ago." This week's Gratitude Project explores some moments which made this mama's heart smile - and, reminded her of simple beauty even when the rest of the world around us is heavy. What are you grateful for this week?

What’s In a Name: Reflections on Naming Baby

Last week, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. It made me reflect further on our family's own two tests for baby names, and makes me ask - how does your family approach baby names?

Sending Off 2017 in My Sunday Best

"I thought the entire conversation was loud, and expected others around us to chuckle with me. Apparently, I was the only one who heard the exchange - so, other parents out there cringing at your kids' shenanigans, let me assure you - your child was not as loud/disruptive/kid-like as you think they were!" In the first My Sunday Best linkup since I started wearing maternity clothes, I share a cute Mass-moment with Lil' Miss, a little musings on what to wear to church, and links to the top 10 posts from 2017. How are you ringing in the New Year this evening?

From a Little Boy’s Lips to God’s Ears

"I have a confession to make to the readers and followers of my blog. I have been haphazard and remiss at blogging consistently because I have had massive writer's block. But, it's a self-imposed writer's block, as I have spent the past four months censoring some of the topics about which I typically enjoy writing. Now that Christmas cards have gone out, I'm ready to put a stop to my self-imposed censorship, and explain my inconsistent blogging habit." Today's post has been in the creation for months - let me sum it up briefly - my son's prayers are powerful, and I am more than willing to take any prayer intentions to him! 😉 Hope you will click to read the explanation provided within!

Warming the Heart: A Review of Pawprints in the Snow

"My son's review is, 'Yes, everyone should buy it for their kids, because it would be fun for their kids!' Knowing this book attracted my youngest, as well as continued to engage my oldest, makes this particular book a keeper for our household bookshelves. Even as an adult, not only did I learn a few new facts about animals, but I also enjoyed reading this aloud the half dozen (cough, or dozen) times it has been read!" A last minute gift idea, if you are looking for an engaging book for under the tree this Christmas for a little one in the home!