Carrots for Michaelmas: Musings of a Catholic Wife, Mother, and Occasional Redhead


I’m Haley. Lovely to meet you.

I’m a Catholic convert living in the bright, sunny South. Things I love include bacon, the Middle Ages, okra, Harry Potter, coffee and tea, Jim Dale audiobooks, reading in the bathtub, Arthurian literature, Bon Iver, Masterpiece Theatre, ginger cookies, Miss Jane Austen, and celebrating the Christian Year. I teach ballet, and I’m married to this guy.

His name is Daniel.  We were high school sweehearts. You can read our Love Story if you’re in a sentimental mood. Daniel is good at mostly everything. You can read about how cool I think he is in this sappy post.

We’ve got two wee bairns, Benjamin, and Lucy. You can read about how we unexpectedly became parents in this post about My Unplanned Pregnancy. Benjamin is hilarious, adorable, and almost three. His interests include blueberries, construction equipment, his dinosaur slippers, and Friday when the garbage truck drives by our house. Check out his Birth Story if you’re into that kinda thing. Lucy is our newborn baby girl, full of sugar and spice and everything nice. Her interests include mama’s milk, snoozing, and charming everyone with her grin. You can read her Birth Story here.

We’re lucky enough to live in the same town with both our families and siblings after a 6 year exile to Texas (Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty state!). And due to Daniel’s farming skills, we’ve got a pretty fantastic urban garden and three chicken ladies squawking around our front yard. Meet Feven, Daughter, and Gas Can (yes, Benjamin did name them).

You might also want to check out our blog about our attempts to celebrate the liturgical seasons: Feast! A Celebration of the Christian Year, the Lives of the Saints, and Good Food.

Thanks again for dropping by! You can contact me at haley.s.stewart(at)gmail(dot)com


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You have a beautiful family !
Who takes your family pictures? – they are very special !
My daughter is also turning 4 months soon and I can’t believe it ! I will be following your blog.
Bye for now !

Comment by Deb

Thanks, Deb! These are all my photos except for the wedding one (our friend Luis took that one) and the one of myself, Daniel, and newborn Benjamin (our friend Jenny of took those for us and I LOVE them). Thanks for following! 🙂

Comment by carrotsformichaelmas

Chickens named by toddlers are the best chickens. Our three and a half year olds imaginatively named one of our egg laying ladies “Three and a half.”

Comment by Albert

Haha, I love it! Our son wanted to name our daughter “One, Two, Three” so maybe number names are popular with toddlers these days.

Comment by carrotsformichaelmas

Oh no! Why did I have to find your blog today, when my house is a disaster and my children have not been schooled and the day is gorgeous? You are my new fave. That is all.

Comment by Dwija Borobia (@HouseUnseen)

I clicked on the link to your blog and I love it, too! We might be kindred spirits…:)

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