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Welcome, sweet friends!

This is my brand new humble corner of the internet. I can also be found here at my joyful tumblr. I have been posting there since June or 2009, but after much prayer I have decided to begin a brand new blog for sharing the adventures I have with my charming new husband, our life in ministry, and beyond.

I am glad you stopped by! Grab a glass of sweet tea, or wine, and stay awhile. There’s something tremendously magical about taking a few minutes to journal and capture memories to be cherished for a lifetime and beyond. This is my effort to do just that. I pray my blog can inspire, uplift, and give you a moment of peace in this busy world.

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August Goals

Hello friends! I am just popping in for my monthly goals post. How was your month of July? I feel like mine flew by. I cannot believe it’s August and back to school month. I taught for one year during grad school (my masters is in Religious Education) and I have a strong desire to be back in a classroom someday, so that means I love everything about back to school time. I was with my mom in Target this past weekend and I just loved looking at all of the school supplies and classroom decor in the $1 aisle. Sigh, maybe one day the Lord will lead me back to my own classroom.

On that work note, July meant I started my third year of youth ministry! That means it’s my fifth year of full time work for the Catholic Church. Wow! This year is surely going to be a wild one, with maternity leave right in the middle and adjusting to parenthood.

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Despite the speedy month, I did pretty well with my goals! I completed them all. Here is my recap.

    • Decide on godparents Y’all – this is serious business! Steven and I prayed and prayed and prayed.
    • … and ask them! Even better! We asked them on Saturday evening and they said YES.
    • Survive the home inspection (tomorrow!) And it went splendid!
    • Have a wonderful Steubenville Youth Conference with Saint Hilary Life Teen Safe, prayerful, and awesome!
    • Decide on a baby crib + dresser set! My in-laws and parents graciously gifted us nursery room furniture. We went and chose out a beautiful set from Buy Buy Baby and it should arrive in September. I can’t wait to nest and create the sweetest little nursery for baby B.

Here are my August goals. I am keeping it simple, because moving in is going to take every last ounce of energy for this 27 week pregnant mama!

  • Get the keys to our first home
  • Move in!

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn.

What are your goals for the month of August? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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July Goals

Hello sweet readers. I hope everyone had a great long weekend! How was your month of June? For me, blogging has taken a major back seat due to the business of life. It has been a wild month for us. We bought a new car, I’m now 23 weeks pregnant, and we put an offer on our very first home.

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Despite the chaotic month, I did pretty well with my goals! Here is my recap.

  • Resign our lease for the upcoming year since we haven’t found a house yet 
  • Have a wonderful mission trip to Philadelphia with Saint Hilary Life Teen
  • Surprise Steven with something for Father’s Day
  • Buy presents for the two July weddings we are guests at – Oops! Haven’t quite accomplished this goal yet. I’ll need to get on it!
  • Plan for the Life Teen Summer Bible Study and Sports Nights

Here are my July goals:

  • Decide on godparents
  • … and ask them!
  • Survive the home inspection (tomorrow!)
  • Have a wonderful Steubenville Youth Conference with Saint Hilary Life Teen
  • Decide on a baby crib + dresser set!

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn.

What are your goals for the month of July? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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June Goals

Hello sweet readers. How was your month of May? I had a great month – filled with starting to build our baby registry, slowly starting to regain some energy (slowly), booking our maternity and newborn photographer (check out Lane Baldwin – she’s AMAZING!), and getting a ton done at work. I also cannot believe I accomplished ALL of my May goals! That’s a first for me. I’m very proud of myself.

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Here is how I did with my May goals:

  • Change out winter clothes for spring/summer in my closet Check! My sweet husband helped me flip my closet. It looks much more neat and organized now. I still need to scope out some more maternity pants. I have two pairs of jeans now, but I’m looking for some nicer maternity bottoms to wear to work and to Mass on Sunday’s.
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day Check! We went to my mother-in-law’s house for dinner with all of Steven’s siblings. It was a good day. Steven also bought me flowers and a sweet card to show his love and appreciation since this has been a tough pregnancy thus far. He’s just the best!
  • Continue house hunting Yup! We’re still searching… So far, no great leads, but we’re following our custom search updates each day, praying novenas, and hoping for the best.
  • Send my dad a birthday card Actually, even better – I got to see my dad on his birthday, hand deliver the card, and have cake with him!
  • Submit my work calendar proposal for 2016 – 2017 Check! This was a doosey, because who knows how to play for maternity leave? I sure don’t… but I’ve submitted my dates and I’m hoping for the best.

Here are my June goals:

  • Resign our lease for the upcoming year since we haven’t found a house yet
  • Have a wonderful mission trip to Philadelphia with Saint Hilary Life Teen
  • Surprise Steven with something for Father’s Day
  • Buy presents for the two July weddings we are guests at
  • Plan for the Life Teen Summer Bible Study and Sports Nights

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn.

What are your goals for the month of June? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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Announcing Baby Bacher

My sweet husband and I are so very blessed. This Mother’s Day was incredibly special, because it was our first as parents.

We believe that we became a mother and father the moment our baby was conceived, so it a very special first Mother’s Day- complete with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers from my husband. I’m so very blessed to be on this motherhood journey! I’m thankful God chose me to be this little ones mother and I cannot wait to hold our baby in October. I’m praying for all of the expectant mothers today and every day! I hope each of you had a blessed Mother’s Day.

Without further ado, enjoy some of our favorite announcement pictures taken by Morgan Kinzel Photography.

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“It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.” Pope Francis

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May Goals

Hello sweet readers. How was your month of April? Mine flew by! I accomplished the majority of my goals, enjoyed quite a bit of down time, and took a lot of naps. Work slowed down quite a bit since Easter is over, Spring retreat wrapped up, and the kids are finishing up their school year. It’s been a good change of pace for me! I needed some r & r after a busy spring semester.

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Here is how I did with my April goals:


  • House searching! Visit houses, take notes, and say a lot of prayers to Saint Joseph. Check! We’re still discerning a lot of factors – location, price, style, etc. but we’ve made some solid progress.

  • Go on a date with my dear husband. Score! I’m really happy about this one. We went to an Indians baseball game. It was a lot of fun just spending time with my dear husband outside of the house.
  • Deep clean the refrigerator. Okay, being an adult stinks… but we need to do this ASAP. I wouldn’t say we ‘deep cleaned,’ but definitely made some solid progress in sorting through and organizing a little bit better.
  • Start reading the two books I got for Easter. // Nope. They are still sitting under my nightstand calling my name.
  • Start organizing the piles of paperwork in the Life Teen office. Oi! Most everything is in the ‘short term’ filing cabinet, but needs to be moved to the ‘long term’ one in storage. Check! I recycled so, so many papers. It felt good to clean up!
  • Confirmation! I need to step up my game as a Sponsor and think of something to do for my candidate. I already bought a present, but I want to do some type of spiritual bouquet. Any advice? Her patron is Maria Goretti. Confirmation was beautiful. I bought an additional little present and said a lot of prayers. I went with her to get her hair done before and Steven and I went out to eat with her family after. It was a great day!

Here are my May goals:

  • Change out winter clothes for spring/summer in my closet
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day
  • Continue house hunting
  • Send my dad a birthday card
  • Submit my work calendar proposal for 2016 – 2017

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn and My So-Called Chaos 

What are your goals for the month of April? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s hard to believe April is wrapping up and May is right around the corner. It’s a great month, because we get to celebrate our wonderful mamas.

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I was doing a little research on what to buy for my mom and I stumbled on this great website. My parents have pets who like to munch on real flowers, so even though my mom enjoys flowers they are always tricky with those kittens at home.

I was started to get discouraged that I couldn’t buy her a bouquet, and then I found Eco Flower, an online shop that sells flower bouquets. What is so neat, though, is that the bouquets are made out of sustainable and recyclable materials. Awesome, right? Some of the flowers are made out of book pages, pallet wood, pine cones, and even brooches! The kittens won’t be munching on these!

What’s cool is that they last forever and you can choose to have them scented or non-scented. I chose Egyptian lavender for my mama and the Enchanted Forest design, because she loves earth tones and the color green. The brooch is gorgeous, too! That helped seal the deal for me.

There are a lot of beautiful designs and colors to choose from. I recommend taking a peak! You still have plenty of time to have it shipped and arrive to our mother in time for her big day. They are currently having a 25% off sale if you use the discount code MOM25.

These would also make a great gift for a school teacher, bus driver, or birthday.

Check it out and let me know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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The Importance of Community

Friends, for the past few weeks I have been a little MIA in the blogging world. A series of events, including illness, long hours at work, and house hunting have prevented me for keeping up my regular posting schedule. I am hoping to be more realistic and pop in about once a week to share updates about what is going on in my little world.

Today I am reflecting on the importance of community.

About two months ago I was added to a group on Facebook called Stella Maris. It is a community of Catholic wives and mothers who gather in fellowship, love, and prayer under the guidance of Mary, Star of the Sea.

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The group has just about 800 members and includes women from all over the United States, and even a few from Canada. The group exists for a wide range of purposes, but mostly to support and uplift each other during the challenging moments that come with being a married woman. Some of the ladies are older and have teenage children, while others are young and have either no children, and expecting, or have a few littles. Some of the mothers work full time outside the home, others work part time, and others are full time stay at home moms.

It is a place where ladies can come and be fully themselves. Every day women post questions about raising their children, in-laws, apologetics, and dinner ideas. Women also post prayer requests, updates throughout their pregnancies (one lady is have quadruplets!), and there are even fun threads of holiday memes. One of my favorite parts is the prayer warriors. Right now we are on day 6 of a novena to Saint Jude for all those in our community who themselves or their husbands are unemployed or underemployed.

The group also has smaller spin off groups. There is a group for those who have chronic illness, one for Catholic Bible Journaling, one for clothing swapping, and even one for financial peace. There is a niche for everyone.

It’s also not exclusively online. Many of the women have ‘Stella meet-ups’ where they will go on play dates, meet for coffee, or go out to dinner with other Stellas. It’s inspiring to see the friendships extend beyond the walls of the computer. I just met a lady today who works in the same town as I do, so we are hopefully going to coordinate a lunch date soon!

In just a few short months, the Stella Maris community has truly helped me faith life. I have asked for prayer requests, prayed for others, and grew in my role as a wife. I’ve learned a great deal from the other woman and I’m thankful for being welcomed into this group with open arms.

What are your favorite online groups? How have they blessed your life?

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April Goals

Hello there! I’m a few days late to the April goals party, but hopefully y’all will forgive me. April is a lovely month. Flowers are starting to bloom on the trees in our little neighborhood and I have a feeling warm temperatures are on the horizon. It’s a pretty chilly day here in North East, Ohio. I’m not complaining, though, because I have a pretty cotton dress, cardigan, and leggings on – aka my go to comfort outfit for Monday workdays. They say “April showers bring May flowers” and it’s drizzling today, so hopefully that means lots of beautiful flowers are right around the corner.

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Without further ado, let’s take a peak at how I did on my March goals.


  • Weekly Adoration (every Wednesday) Hooray. I’ll consider this a victory! I work in a parish which offers Adoration every Wednesday. Sometimes I get wrapped into work and I forget to pop in, but this month I did very well.

  • START the Youth and Young Adult Ministry calendar for 2016 – 2017 Another victory. I’m still waiting on a few dates, but I have the main outline completed. That’s a huge deal, because I’m in charge of Edge, Life Teen, and Young Adults so it can be quite a lot to coordinate.
  • Schedule at least 2 blog posts ahead of time // Yikes. FAIL. I hardly even posted twice this month. I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been sick. This has majorly slowed down my blogging, which I’ve been so sad about. I’ve had to pause and be intentional about my health. Jesus, the Divine Physician, is my new best friend.
  • Meet with our realtor (woah #grownup!!) YOU GUYS! Yes. We met with our realtor, got pre-approved from the bank, and have a custom listing search which we are pretty addicted to. We are doing our first round of looking at houses on Wednesday evening. I’m feeling like a grown up.
  • Find a way to track water intake – any suggestions? // Yikes, again. I have been doing A LOT better drinking water since I haven’t been feeling well, but I’m still on the search for an app that could help me keep track (as I’m typing this, I’m drinking a Coca-Cola...)

Here are my April goals!

  • House searching! Visit houses, take notes, and say a lot of prayers to Saint Joseph.
  • Go on a date with my dear husband.
  • Deep clean the refrigerator. Okay, being an adult stinks… but we need to do this ASAP.
  • Start reading the two books I got for Easter.
  • Start organizing the piles of paperwork in the Life Teen office. Oi! Most everything is in the ‘short term’ filing cabinet, but needs to be moved to the ‘long term’ one in storage.
  • Confirmation! I need to step up my game as a Sponsor and think of something to do for my candidate. I already bought a present, but I want to do some type of spiritual bouquet. Any advice? Her patron is Maria Goretti.
What are your goals for the month of April? I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Linking up with Stay Gold Autumn and My So-Called Chaos 

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Happy Easter!

Just popping in today to wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Easter! I hope everyone had a lovely day celebrating with their family and friends. Jesus Christ is Risen and my heart is so joyful. I am overwhelmed by the love that our Savior has for us.

May you feel His love today and always.

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When Lent Doesn’t Go As Expected

Friends, Lent did not go as I expected. The first half, I did great. I rocked my Lenten resolutions. I read the daily scriptures and read two devotional reflections each day. I fasted from my phone in the evenings before bedtime. I was doing great with fasting on Friday’s. I was doing so well.

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Then I got sick.

Really sick. 

Then I stopped reading the daily readings.

Then sleeping became my favorite pastime.

I’m still pretty sick.

Sometimes our plans don’t pan out. Sometimes we need to rest instead of pushing ourselves too far. Sometimes that’s what Jesus is asking us to do. At first I was being really hard on myself. I thought, “Really, Mary? Another Lent where you didn’t make it” and then I stopped. I had to look myself in the mirror, remember that I am a beloved daughter of the King, and He knows that I’m really not feeling well. He gets it. He knows my heart and He knows that I am not deliberately being lazy or avoiding my sacrifices. He still died for me and He still loves me every day, whether I am super healthy and rocking my Lenten resolution or really sick and needing my pillow for a few extra hours every day.

I often have to remind myself that it is okay to be more of a Mary and less of a Martha. I love achieving my goals, staying busy, and I have a bad habit of trying to make God love me more. Silly, I know. I should really know better.

He sees the small sacrifices I am making, like working 5 nights a week with my sweet youth ministry teens for Bible Study, Retreat Planning, Living Stations, and more. He knows how I had to edit my original plan a little bit along the way to account for some unforeseen sickness on top of working an insane amount of hours. Thank goodness our God is loving and forgiving, am I right?

Wherever you are at right now, know that you are good enough. Easter is right around the corner and you’re doing a great job. Rest in His love for you, especially during this Holy Week.

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