A Blessing for Our Home

We had the absolute honor of hosting our priest, Father Mike, at our home for dinner and to bless our house this weekend. We meant to do it much sooner, but with pregnancy and nausea and newborn life, this was the soonest we could make it happen, and we're so glad we did! The kids … Continue reading A Blessing for Our Home

How Postpartum is Going This Time Around

My Postpartum History I've had a lot of family and friends checking in on me since sweet Zelie was born. It's been so nice, and it's something I try my best to do when my friends and family have a baby as well. This is because of my history with postpartum depression and anxiety, which … Continue reading How Postpartum is Going This Time Around

A Special Prayer Request

*Content warning- this deals with a situation involving violence* Just over four months ago, Kayla Sanmiguel's life changed. What happened has been well-documented over the news in the St. Paul area, which you can learn more about here, here, here, and very easily over on Google if you search "St. Paul Good Samaritan Shooting." The … Continue reading A Special Prayer Request

How To Save A Life: Suicide Prevention Day, 2018

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/ Grieving Suicide Grieving my 47-year-old aunt Jeannine's suicide has been different than any other grief I have experienced in my time on this earth. It is heavy, it is dark, it is slow, it is hard. She left so many things behind. … Continue reading How To Save A Life: Suicide Prevention Day, 2018

The Inescapable Beauty of Hope

Breathing Hope So much of my life is framed by hope. I hope the kids will sleep well, I hope the weather will be nice, I hope I'll have time to drink my coffee. Hope, hope, hope. Little things like that. And big things, too. I hope I'll be a published author some day. I … Continue reading The Inescapable Beauty of Hope

Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things

Well, we've made it to Illinois! Though the move wasn't too far, mileage speaking, it was far enough that we are having to reset many aspects of our life. In the next few weeks, we will be finding new doctors, dentists, playgrounds... pretty much everything. We keep checking things off the list, but new things … Continue reading Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things

A Season of Transition (aka: We Are Moving!)

I hope this post finds our This Catholic Family readers well. As tends to happen in life, we have entered into a season of transition after 4 years in our current home. We moved into this home when August was just a newborn. At the time, we barely qualified for a mortgage under JP's post-doc … Continue reading A Season of Transition (aka: We Are Moving!)

What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?

I think we've all seen or heard someone make a joke about "Catholic Guilt" at one point or another. This article explores what Catholic Guilt is, really. And if it's actually funny. Or, on the other hand, if it a misrepresentation of something meant for our good. What is Sin? It's important to get on … Continue reading What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?