Merry Christmas: Little HolyDays Link Up

Merry Christmas, everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the wonderful link ups so far, because we certainly have! This week’s link up is being hosted by Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas, so head on over there to see last week’s posts that she’s featuring. [Read more…]

Loving the Little Things: Little HolyDays Link Up

Friday’s tragedy left me speechless. I cannot even begin to process my thoughts right now. All I know is that I feel such incredible sorrow, and such incredible hope, at the same time. How? The sorrow part is easy to explain. I know we’re all feeling that way for everyone that was affected by this. The hope part is still a little confusing, even to me. I know it was sparked by Haley’s article. Somehow, deep down, even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. There is always a reason to keep trying. There is always goodness. Twenty-eight people lost their lives, but it was not in vain. [Read more…]

Little HolyDays Link Up: Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

Happy Second Week of Advent! Did you check out last week’s link ups? Click here to check out all the great posts from the First Week of Advent! For more info, you can also check out our new Little HolyDays page!

This week, the Link Up is being “hosted” by Molly of Molly Makes Do. Be sure to head over there to check out the great post Molly has written (A Call to Tremble Or What Scrooge Can Teach Us About “Keeping Christ in Christmas”). This link up will be open until Thursday night, so there’s plenty of time to share how you are celebrating this second week of Advent! [Read more…]

Little HolyDays Link Up: First Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

Happy First Week of Advent! Welcome to our very first Little HolyDays Link Up! We’re so glad you’re here, and we can’t wait to hear all about your different traditions and ways for celebrating the season!

This week, the Link Up is being “hosted” by Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas. Be sure to head over there to check out the great post Haley has written, or the cool links she has curated. This link up will be open until Thursday night, so there’s plenty of time to share how you are celebrating this first week of Advent! [Read more…]

Little HolyDays: Coming soon!

As we mentioned at the beginning of Haley’s guest post the other day, we will soon be hosting our first link up. We couldn’t be more excited to share how we will be celebrating feast days, fasts, holidays (HolyDays!) and everyday!

Second Week of Advent

The link up is called Little HolyDays: Redeeming Time with Feasts, Fasts, Holidays, and Everyday. It’s being hosted by Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas, Tammy and Hannah of Dualing Moms, and Molly of Molly Makes Do. With this link up, we hope to celebrate the Little Holydays throughout the year; the ones that we tend to overlook in favor of the bigger, more commercialized ones.

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Holy Time: The Gift of the Liturgical Year – Guest Post

Exciting things are happening on Dualing Moms!

Today we are honored to be featuring Haley, of Carrots for Michaelmas, as a guest blogger.

We are also pleased to announce that, starting in December, Dualing Moms, Carrots for Michaelmas, and Molly Makes Do will be hosting a new link up: Little HolyDays: Redeeming Time with Feasts, Fasts, Holidays, and Everyday. This lovely idea was sparked by Molly’s post about Reclaiming the Little Holidays. Our first link up will be on December 3rd. We can’t wait to share our traditions (new and old!) and learn about your celebrations, as well!

“The liturgical year is not an idle discipline, not a sentimentalist definition of piety, not an historical anachronism. It is Jesus with us, for us, and in us as we strive to make His life our own. It is goad and guide to the kind of personal spirituality that is worthy of the Jesus whose commitment to the Word of God led Him all the way to the cross and beyond it—to Resurrection.” (Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year)

Everyone remembers their favorite professor from college, right? Mine is an East Texas born Baptist, a scholar of Religion and Literature. I clearly remember so many of his lectures given in his big, booming voice. And I remember the painfully truthful criticism written on the first paper I turned in for his class: “My dear Ms. Payne, unfortunately, no one has ever taught you how to write.” Ouch! Followed by one of the most generous offers ever given to me: “Please let me have that honor.” When I left his class, I was a better writer and a better thinker. I have much to thank him for, but I am particularly indebted to him for introducing me to the Christian Year.

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Celebrating Martinmas

Celebrating Martinmas

This Sunday we celebrated the feast of St. Martin of Tours, or Martinmas.

Making lanterns, and then going on a lantern walk, is one of the usual Martinmas traditions. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain, so we decided to stay inside. We had a great time making these paper lanterns. Even Aiden was able to participate (using a safety scissors with Grandma’s help, while I held my breath, ready to dial 911 in case he cut off a finger. You know, typical mom stuff).

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A Little Update

Things have been moving quickly around here. Today was a lovely day of rest, but I don’t see too many others in the near future.

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Whatevs Wednesday


Some days, you just need permission to say whatevs to the world.  Today is that day. Because sometimes we all need to own our quirkiness, and laugh at ourselves (and our grammar) while doing so. **

If you aren’t familiar with whatevs, allow Urban Dictionary to enlighten you:

Whatevs – An abbreviated slang word for whatever. Used in a flippant or dismissive manner when you don’t agree with something and need to communicate a quick distaste for it. Can also use Whevs. – Source so you know it’s totes legit

The point of Whatevs Wednesday – which may or may not be every week, whatevs – is to have an outlet to share a little silliness, and dismiss naysayers. Haters gonna hate! Again, with a definition, just for funsies:

Haters gonna hate – A colloquial saying. It means that people who don’t like you will always find a reason to dislike you, no matter how stupid that reason may be.
“Dad, Jane says she doesn’t like me because I write my math problems in pen!”
“Don’t let it get you down son. Haters gonna hate.” – from here

So let’s have a little fun, and share our Whatevs Wednesday concerns, shall we?

Weekend Wrap Up

Pumping on the swing, all by himself.


  • Look, America, we need to talk. You’ve put your health on the back burner for far too long, and it shows. I know, I know, you’re working two jobs, you’re a full-time student, and you have 3 kids. I get it. I was right there with you for the past 45 years. But no more excuses. Your bad habits are rubbing off on your kids, and that’s just not ok. Only 1 in 4 kids are getting their recommended daily exercise, and only 12% of teens are getting theirs. What do you have to say for yourself? Well, if exercise for the sake of your health isn’t going to do it, what about for the sake of your brain? Don’t believe me? Check out Working Out Doesn’t Just Make You Stronger, It Makes You Smarter and the accompanying infographic for a dose of reality, and maybe the motivation you need. If you don’t care about diabetes, surely you’ll care about your child getting Ds, right? (Fast Co.Exist) – T


  • In a society that seems to value standardized test scores over the ability to write a sonnet, I think we all could use a little more creativity in our lives. Want a quick and easy plan for fostering that creativity in your son or daughter? Sorry, no such thing. But what you can do is read 5 Steps to Raising a Creative Child. You’ll come away with a better sense of what creativity is, how to promote it, and how to find it in yourself. Plus, I guarantee you won’t be able to read just one article on this blog – it’s so full of amazing content, you’ll find yourself saying ‘ok just this one, then I’m done’ at least five times. (Imagination Soup) – H


  • Shell’s PYHO feature is always a favorite of mine, but Pour Your Heart Out: Seeing a Difference really hit home. Both of my birth daughters have ADHD. One is medicated, and one is not. The struggle of whether to medicate a child or not is an incredibly personal one, and something that shouldn’t be judged lightly. The payoff of seeing a difference with medication can make you feel as though you made the right choice. The comments of other parents (and sometimes even family) can make you feel like you took ‘the easy way out.’ There is no easy way out with mental illness. I applaud Shell for doing what is right for her family, and not letting outside influences or opinions get her down. I am so glad to hear that she see a difference, but my heart goes out to her in those situations where people don’t realize what it is they’re saying. (Things I Can’t Say) – T


  • Sometimes you come across something so simple, and yet so informative, that you feel like you want to bring back chain emails, complete with “if you don’t watch this and then forward to 10 of your friends, a leprechaun will sneak into your home, turn on all the faucets, and leave them running.”  This Video Will Get You Off Plastic is one of those things. I’d really rather not turn to chain emails, so please, just watch the video. It’s less than 2 minutes, and I promise it isn’t too preachy. (Goodnet) – H