Thursday, August 31, 2017

Social Media for Only A Mere Woman

     I don't know if I've shared it before, but I do have a Facebook page for my blog. Lame full link here: I share every post over there, so if you give a follow, you can still get content without having to worry about emails.

     I also decided to start a public Instagram account. Here is a link to my most recent post:  
I've started something called #onceadaygratitude, thereby hoping to increase my own sense of thankfulness in my life. 

     Anyway, the children want to do clay, so I must go.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

St. Michael's Lent and Novena for Our Nation

     I'm going to be honest, I don't really keep up with any news, except for the little "trending" tab on my Facebook sidebar. Even so, it seems liken there is an increase in all sorts of violence being reported. At the same time, I've been feeling a call to "fast", to do something to combat the evil and win mercy for souls. I've been at a loss, though, as to how to accomplish a fast, since breastfeeding requires I actually eat, and I typically don't have any special foods I eat frequently enough that giving it up would actually be a sacrifice. God is timely, though, when we seek His Will, and this post about St. Michael's Lent which St. Francis of Assisi observed came up in my Facebook news feed on Saturday, as did one for the Rosary Novena for Our Nation, and I knew I had my answer. 

     While I (and many others) cannot fast from food, there are definitely things I can fast or abstain from. Like Facebook, again, and Pinterest, as those are my two biggest time suckers, as is mindlessly browsing on Instagram. I have been having a lot of cheesecake in an attempt to boost milk supply, so I will actually be able to give up sweets, for the first time in forever, once the cheesecake in the fridge is gone. Back to the time wasters, though. There's still going to be that time that needs to be filled, and I'm going to fill it with the Rosary Novena (link on how to do it), spiritual reading, blogging, and going to bed earlier. I will still be posting to Facebook from Instagram, but won't log in unless I have a blog post to share. I literally just ordered a kitchen rosary from Sweet Oak Gallery on Etsy to help with the rosary praying. (The one I got. M. Teresa's been speaking to me a lot lately.) 

     I think there was something else, but I can't really remember. Please consider joining me, and thousands of others, in offering up something for the welfare of souls, and peace in the world. I know I handle my daily sufferings and annoyances so much better when I have an actual and concrete thing to offer them for. Even if you can't commit to the rosary or something big, even just offering one of the small, everyday things once a day from the Assumption (8/15) to the Feast of the Archangels (9/29) can have untold benefits. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


     He's here! We welcomed Thomas Ignatius early in the morning on May 23rd. He was 8 lbs 8 oz, and 21 inches long, which seems to be our standard baby size. Labor was quick and intense, recovery is going amazingly, and he is just so chill. Which is nice, because 4 is more than 3, and it's making the transition just a little bit easier. The other three adore him, for the most part. And today he's started to coo!
I think I might type up all their birth stories next; for now, here are some cute pics.
She was trying to console him with toys.

For some reason, they like to look at the toys,
even though they know we won't buy them.
True of all of our babies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mother Henn Fitness

Does anyone else have trouble remembering passwords that they never ever use, because all your devices are always logged in? And then completely flip out when you actually need to use it, but said application denies it 100 times, only to not let you use it as the new password, because you already used it recently? It's the story of my password life. And I never need them when I'm at home, so saving them on a desktop or whatever would do me not good. Why must everything be so complicated? Anyway, that's pretty much the reason my Mother Henn Fitness posts will be showing up here, until I take the time to remember my other google password, and set up the other .blogspot blog I have dedicated for those posts.

I signed up for Jessie Mundell's Postnatal Fitness Specialist Academy! If I'm diligent, I will have a certification in pre-and-postnatal physical training roughly 10 weeks from now! I am so excited! This is something I've been contemplating for a while now, and I can't believe I'm doing it! I've kind of been avoiding any type of hardcore learning, pretty much since I graduated college in 2010, mostly due to laziness and an irrational fear of failure. This time, my fear isn't so much that I won't pass the test, but that I won't know or retain enough to actually teach or train someone else. I really want to be able to help myself, and at the very least my friends, to have the best physical life they can while in their childbearing years, and really want to have credible knowledge and skills to impart. This certification is a step closer to being able to achieve that goal. And! The Girls Gone Strong have also put out a program specifically for women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are postpartum called Moms Gone Strong, and they're working on making a certification in that available too! I don't think Jessie's certification is accredited, but the GGS one is going to be, so I'll feel more confident knowing I have that, once I get it. I'm excited, and nervous, and can't wait to share this journey with you!