Category: Books

{SQT} More Reading And Appointments

1. Last Friday we finally saw Avengers; Endgame. I say finally because having to wait one week almost killed half my family. As such, we arrived plenty early to claim our reserved seats…as if missing the previews would somehow ruin the experience. If you’re a Marvel fan, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy the movie, Read More

{SQT} Our Easter Menu, A Hospital Stay, And Hoping For The Best

Come along for some non-contagious Quick Takes plus a few affiliate links at the bottom. I need to disclose them here or risk having someone in a dark suit show up at my door! 1. My last two weeks can be summed up in one word: vomit. Through the solemnness of Holy week and through Read More

2018 Favorites

Coming to you from my hometown of Lancaster, PA; it’s the best of 2018! In case you missed my top posts, book recommendations and favorite photos, scroll onward! My Christmas letter from last week details our family highlights, and newsletter subscribers will get the first peek of our new house on Wednesday so sign up Read More

The Grace of Enough

How about a book review in Seven Quick Takes? (Oh yeah, you know there’s an affiliate link!)   Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas is one of my online besties. When I learned she was writing a book about her family’s experiences downsizing and simplifying I was all: via GIPHY While my family’s experiences are different, Read More

{SQT} A Devotional, Some History, and a Book of Bricks

BOOK REVIEWS! Which means tons of affiliate links that generate tens, and tens of cents for me every time you click and buy a book, or pack of Clearblue Fertility Monitor test strips. 1. He Speaks to You, Sr. Helena Burns FSP (of Twitter renown) Since my newly discovered love of the Lectio Divina method, Read More

{SQT} Life Changing Reads And Counting Down the Days to Camp

Welcome to June! Let’s belly flop into the deep end of the pool with some Quick Takes! 1. My #31DaysofMary series will start back up in October, the month of the Holy Rosary. I really enjoyed learning about all the international titles of Mary, but with all the other obligations this month, I quickly got Read More

The World Will Be Saved By Beauty

Since everyone wants to know about the book I was pouring over last week, here’s the review I didn’t have the brain cells to write late last Thursday night. I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I’m a big Dorothy Day fan, so when Shannon shared ‘Dorothy Day, The World Will Be Saved by Beauty, Read More

How To Teach Catholic Kids About The Middle Ages

At some point in your children’s education they’re going to learn about the Reformation. If you have a nice Catholic homeschooling family like mine, you try to make do with the Protestant history book you have while skipping a few sentences during your read aloud…before your husband walks into the school room and hears you Read More

The Benedict Option

I typically stay away from politics and current events, however, when Sentinel Publishing reached out and asked if I wanted to preview Rod Dreher’s new book ‘The Benedict Option’, I decided y’all would just have to deal with a slightly controversial review to satisfy my own book lust. If just the mention of the American Read More

Up Your Spiritual Game With Deliberate Practice

While reading one of the many self-improvement books I frequently indulge in, I came across, once again, the mention of deliberate practice. Since it’s introduction by psychologist and professor Anders Ericsson in 1996, it’s cropped up in numerous books (like Grit)  and articles (see here) ever since. So, not a new concept for me, but Read More

A Worthy Reception: Preparing For Communion Old School!

I first discovered ‘The Imitation of Christ’ when a beat up paperback copy was left in the back of our parish, free for the taking. I’m a sucker for free books, and not knowing anything about what kind of book it was, except religious, I took it home. It quickly became a favorite of mine, and Read More

{SQT} EXCITING Summer Reads for the Ten Minutes You’ll Have Free This Summer

Just so you know, this post is littered with Amazon affiliate links.  BOOKS! Last weekend kicked off the start of the summer season, so now we like to pretend we have more time to read then the rest of the year. Yessereebob, during those “lazy” summer days of dragging children to the beach and preventing Read More

Focus On Your Head and Heart This Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Lent is upon us, and we’re reminded of our need to fast, pray and give alms. Meanwhile, the secular world is all a flutter over Valentine’s Day, which arrives this Sunday. While the commercials are pushing diamonds, chocolate and flowers, why not invest in a gift that will benefit your marriage, and family, more than Read More

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