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

It’s Holy Week…
April 4, 2012, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Easter, Lent | Tags: , , ,

…hence the blogging silence. Until Easter, this will have to suffice, dear folk:

Daniel and our friend Ted butchered a pig on Monday night. Moral of the story: we will be eating ham on Easter Sunday.

My brother will be confirmed in the Catholic Church and receive his first communion on Saturday night. So excited for him!

I found out I’m probably allergic to dairy. Blerg. Almond milk just isn’t the same.

I finished the first of the Hunger Games books. I enjoyed it, but I have mixed feelings about whether I should have enjoyed it. Taking a break from the series until Holy Week is over…

Here’s what we’re listening to this week:

Now it’s time to snuggle this blue-eyed darling:

I hope you have a wonderful Holy Week as we prepare our hearts for Easter!

Mardi Gras and Lent
February 26, 2012, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Fasting, Feasting, Lent, Mardi Gras

We had some of our new friends over on Fat Tuesday for a New Orleans Feast made by this guy:

On the menu was Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Shrimp Dip and Homemade Bread, King Cake, and old timey New Orleans cocktails.

I’ll post the recipes on Feast! when Daniel has a minute to write them down.

Then Ash Wednesday came and we transitioned into Lent. Last year I was battling some serious morning sickness during Lent so I don’t feel like I fully engaged and I didn’t have the energy to figure out how to help Benjamin participate. So, trying to do better this year!

I bought a grapevine wreath to have on the dining room table to remind us of the Crown of Thorns and put our purple tablecloth on the table. Yes, my tablecloth is super wrinkly. Ironing is just one of those tasks that I try to avoid at all costs. I tell myself that it’s so humid in Florida that whatever item is wrinkly will unwrinkle soon enough on it’s own. This is not true, but it makes me feel better.

I borrowed (stole?) some deep purple fabric from my mom to use to cover the crosses and icons in the house. I let Benjamin walk through the house to find all the crosses over the doorways and help me wrap them in purple.

I’ve seen so many ideas for helping little ones observe Lent that I feel pretty overwhelmed. What do you do at your house? What’s your very favorite Lenten activity for littles?

p.s. Mandy are you out there? Send me an email about winning the Pride and Prejudice Giveaway before next Wednesday or I’ll have to choose another winner! (my email is haley.s.stewart(at)gmail(dot)com)

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 6

(Don’t forget to enter my giveaway: A Beautiful Clothbound Penguin Edition of Pride and Prejudice!)

Coming up in the Liturgical Year: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Lent! I didn’t realize that THIS WEDNESDAY will be Ash Wednesday until yesterday! We’re having some friends over to celebrate Fat Tuesday (King Cake, and Cajun food!) and I need to decide what I’m giving up for Lent. In the past I’ve given up coffee, sweets, and Facebook. This year I think I will give something up and add daily Mass or daily Rosary. What are you giving up? Karen Edmisten has a great compilation post of all her lenten posts including some great ideas about observing Lent with little ones. I definitely want to implement some of that with Benjamin this year.

Listening to: Bon Iver. I just keep coming back to the album released last year. It. Is. Just. So. Good.


I Wore the Same T-shirt Every Day for 1 Year (and why it doesn’t matter): Our dear friend Nathan writes eloquently about his sartorial experiment. I, for one, never noticed that he wore the same outfit every day (he did have multiples of the same shirt for washing purposes). His thoughtful post inspired me to pare down my closet. One of my struggles is worrying too much about how others perceive me and Nathan post really encouraged me to just be myself. I wonder how I could do something similar as my lenten discipline. Thoughts?

Keeping Coming Back to It: Simcha Fisher, one of my favorite Catholic bloggers, writes about marriage. Great post.

Divide and Conquer: George Weigel writes about the current administration, Catholics, and the HHS mandate.

Pictures Worth Sharing:


While Baby Girl and I were recovering from illness (she was such a sweet, happy girl even when she was sick!), Little Bear stayed busy doing art projects and watching way too many episodes of “Mighty Machines.” Lets focus on the art projects, shall we?

Little Bear titled this masterpiece: “Bobcat in a Tree”

And all week long, Daddy took care of everyone. Seriously. Best husband and dad ever. I’m so glad he didn’t get sick, too!

The Quotable Benjamin:

“Mama, you hid all my Valentine’s candy! I’m gonna start callin’ you ‘Sneaky Sue’!”

“Mama, get your yarn out of my face. I mean, get your hair out of my face.”


Lenten Sacrifices and a New Swing
February 20, 2010, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Fasting, Lent

This year during Lent, Daniel and I are reading Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots by Scott Hahn.


It’s divided into 40 small chapters, (Baptism, the Mass, Marriage, Confession, Pilgrimage, etc) and so fits perfectly in the 40 days of Lent if we read one chapter a day. Hahn explains that in our Lenten sacrifice, be it food or otherwise, “We return it all to God for forty days, not because any of it is ‘bad,’ but because it is indeed very good. Only good things should be offered in sacrifice to God; only the best of the harvest could be offered as a tithe. We give them to God so that we learn not to put anything in God’s place in our lives.”

In other news, Daniel set up a swing for Little Bear.


He loves it almost as much as the basketball he found in the yard the other day.

Or the flowers he has discovered can be picked.

Not to mention eaten…

Ok, fine. He tries to eat the basketball, too.