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7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

7 Advent Prayer Companions for the Weary Woman

With Advent right around the corner, I know there are some of us who are feeling a bit weary before the season begins. We want to enter it fully and prayerfully, but that is coupled with a to-do list that seems impossible to accomplish. My encouragement for you—and me—is to remember that Christ came down at Christmas time to save the weary ones. And it is important to carve out a little safe-haven where we can find rest, refreshment, and…

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“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

“Ornamental Graces” Blog Tour Stops Here … And a Giveaway!

Every year, I look forward to watching those fun holiday movies on Hallmark Channel. Yes, they are formulaic and predictable, but they are sweet and light-hearted and just what I need to unwind after a busy day of Christmas prep. Well, I just read a book that surpasses any romantic Christmas movie I have ever watched. And it wasn’t predictable at all! It was quite a page turner that left me guessing what was going to happen next and certainly got…

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Your Turn: Seeking Reader Feedback

Your Turn: Seeking Reader Feedback

As 2016 winds down—with only 10 days until Thanksgiving, 13 days until Advent, 41 days until Christmas, and 48 days until 2017—I am starting to think about what is in store in the new year. What are my goals—personally and professionally? Perhaps you are starting to think about goals, too! For the past 14 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom, and I have cherished every moment. The days were definitely long, but those years—wow!—were short. Starting this fall, all…

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Day 24: #31 Days—Accommodations in School

Day 24: #31 Days—Accommodations in School

When a child has Dyslexia, families find themselves immersed in a world filled with so much newness. Receiving a diagnosis, understanding what Dyslexia really is (and is not), finding a tutor, and comforting the roller coaster of emotions that the child might be experiencing can be quite a lot. It is overwhelming to figure it all out. Then, there are the accommodations necessary within the school. You see, what works for 80 percent of students does not work for the 20…

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Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

Spring Fever, Mother’s Day, and a FREE Printable

This might sound cliché, but this spring truly has been busy! It is hard for me to even wrap my head around the fact that it is May 6, and my children will be done with school in less than one month! Of course, thoughts like this prompt anxiety to race through my mind and heart … I better get organized! What am I going to do to keep them busy for three months? Of course, it really doesn’t help…

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Disney Fun in Our Easter Baskets

Disney Fun in Our Easter Baskets

With Easter being only one month after our trip to Florida and Walt Disney World, I decided to keep our memories alive with a few Disney-themed mementos. My children have been admiring these little toys called Tsum Tsums for awhile now. We have seen them at Target and Walmart. Just before Easter, Target and the Disney Store hosted a “buy two, get one free” sale, so that came in handy when buying six of these cute friends. I hid seven…

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Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Well, it’s Thursday already! And it is the Feast of St. Agnes. I attended Mass at the Church of St. Agnes today and received a blessing with her relic. It was the highlight of my week. This week was short, because of the national holiday on Monday. One my children was home sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. So, in some ways, the normalcy of the week feels like it is just getting underway. That’s OK, though. I am still able to see goodness and small…

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Greeting Card Company Shares the Faith {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

Greeting Card Company Shares the Faith {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Salutare, a wonderful greeting card company that is sharing the Catholic Faith through artwork, coordinating Scripture passages and thoughtful well-wishes. My dear friend, Anne, who is the company’s graphic artist, introduced me to Salutare, and once I saw these unique cards, I just had to share them with you! When I received a sample packet of cards in the mail, I was struck by the unique look of them. For example, the feminine…

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Finding Purpose and Peace While Waiting

Finding Purpose and Peace While Waiting

Have you ever felt a little lost? Have you ever wondered what your God-given purpose really is? A few months ago, that’s how I was feeling—lost and wondering about my purpose. Then, an amazing opportunity came my way. It was a dream come true, and I was excited! I was going to have the opportunity to pursue my heart’s desire, and I couldn’t wait to dive in. But soon afterward, it became quite obvious that the timing was not right. I…

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#WorthRevisit :: Well-Read Mom Creates Place For Women to Read Together (+ a GIVEAWAY)

#WorthRevisit :: Well-Read Mom Creates Place For Women to Read Together (+ a GIVEAWAY)

One year ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Well-Read Mom founder, Marcie Stockman, for CatholicMom.com. I am reposting my article today (a day late for #WorthRevisitWednesday link-up), because Well-Read Mom is hosting an awesome giveaway now through Dec. 1. I have had the pleasure of being in one of these book clubs, and it is an incredible experience. Not only do you get to read some fabulous books, but you also have the opportunity to get together with other like-minded women. I…

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