MONDAY’S MEET A MAMA! Meet Kaitlyn @teawithtolkien I’m very happy to introduce to you this young mama; most of you are probably already familiar with her, but today she shares with us more than just her love of Tolkien. Today, she tells us things we may not know: how she became Catholic and she speaks about her recent miscarriage 😭 . . Follow the link in my bio for the FULL interview. . . Here’s a sneak peek: . . 1. Cradle Catholic, Convert or Revert? I’m a somewhat recent convert, actually! My husband and I were both raised in Protestant families and we converted together after our first daughter was born -- so a little more than 5 years ago. 2. You recently suffered a miscarriage. I am so sorry. Could you tell us what has helped you cope with this loss? Thank you so much. It feels so bleak to say, but the way grief weighs on you after the loss of a child is so heavy, and for a long time there wasn’t anything I could really do to help myself cope. It’s been over a month now, and the days have become easier -- but this isn’t the kind of pain that will ever leave me. That being said, there were a few things that carried me through. First, whenever I was able to leave the kids with my husband, I would run to our parish’s perpetual Adoration chapel. It felt, to me, like running to the emergency room when everything is crashing down. I also feel like reading Tolkien helped a lot because grief is one of the primary themes of his work and so seeing his understanding of it, and his depiction of hope amidst grief, was encouraging. I also don’t know what I would’ve done without my husband’s help, my mom friends locally, and the prayers of the Catholic Twitter community online. Just knowing I wasn’t going through this alone, that my baby was known and grieved over, that I was prayed for and taken care of -- these small things helped more than I think people could imagine. #catholicmom#catholicmama#miscarriage#pregnancyloss
Sundays are my favorite day of the week because church is one of my favorite places to be. It’s when so many of my favorite people are in one building, and so I (obviously) wear some of my favorite outfits too. I learn a lot on Sundays, I grow a lot on Sundays. It sets the tone for my week, every week. Here are some of the things I thought about today. Be interested in people. Give them space to tell their story – I guarantee you’ll be impacted. Give your time to God. Give your time to friends. Give your time to your leaders. Give your time to those you lead. Your time might be “yours”, but only because it was a gift you were given. We’re blessed to have it, and we didn’t do anything to earn it or deserve it. It’s limited, so don’t hoard it, don’t waste it. If somebody seems off, ask them what’s up. Ask them how they’re doing, for real. Then shut up, and listen. Care. Be approachable, make people feel like they can be honest with you. Make people feel like they can be the at their worst and you’ll still love them unconditionally. Ask people what they’re passionate about. And then ask more questions about it. Let them talk! Even if it’s nothing you’re interested in or educated it. I guarantee their passion alone will spark a fire in you. When you’re in a conversation with somebody, point your body and your feet towards them. Look them straight in the eye when they’re speaking. Focus on them, give them all your attention. FaceTime with somebody you love. Take the call with your butt on the couch. Look at them and be thankful technology allows you to see them even though they’re miles and miles away. Do. Not. Multi-task. What you do is important. But who you are and who your people are is much more important. Tell people you miss them. Tell people you love them. And then tell them again. All things I’m not perfect in, but all things I’m learning and growing in.
A couple throwbacks of me and my dad, and then my dad and Thérèse. We are so grateful to have such a loving, generous and hardworking father/grandfather in our lives who is always there for us. My children are lucky to call you Grandpa 😊 and we love you so much! Happy Father's Day, Dad!
I love the sweet bond they have, it is unlike any other, and so special to witness. I love the way she squeals for joy and bursts into laughter every day he walks through our door after being at work all day. I love how much she misses him while he is gone. And "dada" has always been her favorite word. She truly knows how lucky she is to call this man, Dada 😊 Our children are so lucky to have such a kind, gentle, hardworking, goofy and playful daddy to love them. He is patient when my patience is running thin. He is silly when I can't be, because I am in need of a break. He disciplines and draws limits with her when I have become soft and lazy. I am constantly learning how to be a better parent from this guy. He is strong in the way he provides for us, and even more importantly, in the way he spiritually leads and guides us to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our children are the luckiest in the world to call you, Dada, and we love and appreciate you more than you will ever know. 💛 Happy Father's Day my dear!
So thankful for really great men. It's something I definitely don't take for granted. For a dad who has always encouraged me to stick it out and do the hard things, especially when I wanted to give up... who was there through lifes ups and downs, always reminding me that I didn't need a man to do anything. And to my hubby who leads me so well with humility and patience... even when I'm sure I don't make it easy. Who is my biggest supporter in everything I do... believing in me even when I don't. Happy Father's Day to the best husband and dad and girl could ask for!
Whatever ways your father has hurt you in the past, I beg you to rest in the fact that you have a Father who never needs to be forgiven. One who is perfect, who has never harmed any part of your heart. One who longs to be everything to you, because you’re everything to Him. God the Father, fill up the wounds of our hearts with intense love. We are Your daughters and sons, radiant and ready to be loved.
Sometimes it seems like the enemy is hitting you so hard that surely this enemy has the upper hand. Truth be told, it feels like your enemy is in relentless pursuit and is throwing a sucker-punch to the gut. You are stumbling, trying to catch your breath, find your footing as your emotions come undone. You are fighting against the enemy of unbelief, and you are convinced that what is coming at you is far powerful than you are. But now you know better and realize that nobody has the upper hand on you because you have placed your battle in God’s supernatural hands. You may get knocked down, but with faith you are bouncing right back. You know that God has already destroyed the enemy’s power and now that enemy has no authority in your life. So, Rest Well knowing that the enemy may be persistent, but is no match for the power of God inside of you. - If you are DETERMINED to REST WELL tonight, knowing that GOD has it ALL under control, let me see your 💤💤💤 in the comments below.
He's got the silliest & corniest dad jokes that just make me laugh. 🤣 He keeps his garage open 24/7 for free oil changes, car washes & maintenance. 🚗 He's got the smoothest dance moves. 🕺🏻 He sends me pictures of flowers to let me know he's thinking of me. 🌺 He's shown me selfless & unconditional love and how to love others. ❤ Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you! 💜 your Chel!
Happy Father’s Day to the best man God could’ve ever blessed me with. He’s kind, compassionate, patient, and pursues God. This photo was taken in Big Sky, Montana, when we took the boys on a hike. Fin fell asleep on his shoulders. 🥰
One of the greatest gifts God gives us is being able to see someone through the same lens of the Father—to see what He sees. Not just to see, but to feel the love He feels as you wrap your arms around them. I love when He calls me just to give someone a big ol’ hug from Him! It’s such a beautiful thing! #iamhopefulconference#hugsomeonetoday
Psalm 8 starts, “O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!” David says, “Your glory is higher than the heavens.” The earth isn’t big enough to contain Him! But then, David contrasts the Greatness of God to our smallness...”What is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” Look again at verse 4!...we fill the mind of God! David bookends the psalm and concludes by repeating verse one, “O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!” Stand in awe and celebrate the goodness of God, today! Keep pressing on! Tomorrow we start on Psalm 13. Have a great week! Lyrics: Who Am I?
Happy Father’s Day Daddy! Check out my blog post on everything this guy has taught me throughout my life! We’ve laughed until our stomachs have hurt and have had deep talks about varying situations. Your unwavering faith in God and ability to always know who God is has impressed me beyond what words can say. You are so strong and have been the rock mom and I have desperately needed. I love you always. ✨ #sheisbravehearted
• The devil’s end goal is not to get us to sin (though he does love that). It is only a short term victory for him. A temporary setback that could also backfire on him and draw us nearer to God for the forgiveness available to us inexhaustibly. • He is after something deeper and more destructive. He wants us to doubt who God is and what God can do. He knows THIS is what will bring us down. • Out of all the places he can bring us down, he covets our mind. Out of all the weapons the devil could use, he wields lies. • This was a powerful thing to wrap my mind around today. Lies is the devil’s weapon. Working hard on our mind to make us believe lies. With whispers of untruth. With a lot of “did God really say...” With distortions of Scripture. • We need to be aware. We need to recognize his weapon. We need to know truth and remind ourselves constantly. • There is power in God’s word. It is the source of truth. There is power in the name of Jesus. Call. It. Out. Like Jesus, call out, “Get behind me, Satan.” It is war for our mind. Fill it. Then refill it...with truth. • “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 • “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary THE DEVIL walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 • “There is no truth in him for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 • “Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
We are still only guessing what size Thomas will be when he comes home, and it’s killing me to walk past the little boys department of any store 👶🏾 . I decided I couldn’t wait any longer and so we now have the essentials covered...an America bow tie, golf onesie and Nemo hat. 🧡💚
I have learned and continue to learn the true meaning of love + truth. I recognize the lies that want to steal joy and keep me in a state of worry and fear. I get to choose peace and joy and love. Matt 6:25-34 #truth.hope.love #choosepeace#choosejoy
Let’s not confuse false humility with our lack of confidence in promoting. Selling is a skill that can be developed and mastered over time and strangely enough, with prayer. . When you shift your mindset to understand that selling your offer is part of the process of helping others, you’ll confidently and appropriately open up about it more often. . So let’s start today: what is your name and what do you offer the world and kingdom saints? #mybusinesshisglory
Of all the gifts he got for Father’s Day, this is probably his favorite: a 45 minute snooze before heading out to dinner 💤 The impact of a good and present father cannot be understated. Thank you for being just that to our little nuggets, for keeping Christ and us at the top of your priority list. Happy Father’s Day to all our incredible dads out there! 💙
“Husbands and fathers, you too have an irreplaceable mission. There is a security and stability that only you can give your family. . St. Paul twice tells fathers not to provoke their children, but to ‘bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.’ (Eph. 6:4) He writes this immediately before he gives his most forceful teaching to us about spiritual warfare. Your presence and encouragement build your son or daughter in a uniquely masculine way and make a stunningly powerful difference in their lives and faith. ... When your daughter is affirmed as good, beautiful and precious by you, the most important man in her life, she will be confident and well-equipped to say no to the false flattery of the world that so often fails to see her true dignity, value and worth. . In your renewed determination to live your masculine mission as provider, protector and spiritual leader of your home, you will often have setbacks and moments of doubt. We all do! Stay the course. Lean in to St. Joseph, the husband and foster-father who faced difficulty after difficulty in providing for protecting and leading his holy family. Ask him to intercede for you whenever you do not see the path ahead clearly. He is the ‘Protector of the Holy Family’ and the ‘Terror of Demons.’ He knows your struggle and is a great saint of prayer.” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted . As a kid I didn’t realize the great value of the sacrifices my dad made for our family. From allowing my mother to stay home with my brothers and I, to attending every special event, to being fully present to our family after work, and always saying, “I love you” even though his own family growing up didn’t say it much. If I didn’t say thank you then I am saying it now. ❤️ . And to my husband Adam, I want to thank you for providing for our family, safeguarding us, and leading us spiritually. You are our St. Joseph! Just as I got to have the great gift of having my mother home with me, now our
Here’s to the men that didn’t know us when we were born, to the men that love us despite not having the same DNA, to the men that worked hard to not only provide for our needs but also to be able to give us some of our wants, most importantly, this is to you dad, for not only saying yes to loving our mom forever but saying yes without hesitation to loving us as your own. You are admired, respected, loved and adored. Happy Fathers Day Dad!! I love you so much! ❤️
It’s Father’s Day. A bit of a hard day for me, and perhaps for you as well. ✨ I know there are as many reasons why this day may be a challenge for you as there are readers reading this. But I’ve learned something I want to pass on to you. ✨ Whenever I find a need unmet, there are two things I converse with the Lord about: 1. Is this a valid need, or is this a cover for a real issue that I need to deal with? 2. Lord, I trust You to meet the core need in my heart - however You think best. ✨ So many times, the Lord has come through - either by healing the root cause, by speaking to my heart or by sending someone who can minister to my need. ✨ He really is the ultimate Good Father! • • • #fathersday#goodgoodfather#shareyourheart#godiswithyou#youarenotalone
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Happy Father’s Day to the two men in my life. For Andy, who is a kind, patient, and thoughtful dad. He makes the most perfect golden brown pancakes, he loves to surprise the kids with little treats, and he has a heart to teach them about the most important thing in life - faith in Jesus. I am grateful for his love and devotion.💗 And my dad, who has loved me through my worst times, encouraged me to be my best, taught me that it was good to sweat and work hard, and gave me creativity and an entrepreneur’s spirit, I appreciate you! I love getting to spend Father’s Day with you in the flesh. -⠀ 📸: @elizabethholdphotography
I love our cozy nights in listening to my husband string his guitar 🎶 • Many of you who have been following me for a while know that I have struggled with the relationship with my biological Father ever since the beginning. From him being in jail for the first few years of my life to only wanting to be a part of my life in my adult years. Him only recently taking interest in my life was very uncomfortable for me because he was a complete stranger to me at this time and had been the first man to ever break my heart, leaving me hesitant to open up my heart to trust him again. • I decided that I was not going to continue to have a relationship with my Father, simply for the reason that I didn’t want to have my heart broken again time and time again as he had many times before. Even though I have let him know that I have forgiven him, I also feel like I have to cautious and protect my heart from the hurt that I know can come from people who are only present in my life when it works for them. • Father’s day has always been a tough one for me and this morning while I was drinking my morning coffee at the breakfast table, I found myself tearing up as I viewed all of these beautiful posts of people with their dads when they were babies, because this is something I’ve never had the opportunity to experience. • What I know for sure though is that if God chooses to bless me and Josh with children one day, my husband will be the most amazing Dad. Not to say that he won’t fall short many times, but he will always let them know that they are loved, not only by him but also by their Heavenly Father who has created them. This man has comforted me through many nights of crying over the love I never received by my biological Father and his patience listening to me while I worked through forgiving my Father will never be forgotten ✨
I think a lot of the time I’m afraid to let other people see the human side of me. The side that doubts, worries, the insecurities and everything that tries to make me feel I’m not good enough. . What are people going to think if I’m dressed in what they see as immodest? What would they think if I tell them sometimes I doubt God’s plan for me? If people know I rush through my prayers and spend more time on social media than prayer. Maybe this is you. We feel as if we have to be good enough when maybe by sharing our truths we will be able to offer understanding and hope to those who struggle with the same thing. . The thing is no one person is perfect this is why we need Christ. When we look at the lives of the saints we see St. Giana Beretta Molla a working mother, St. Joan of Arc a victorious warrior, St. Thérèse of Lisieux a spunky yet humble nun. All different vocations, cultures and personalities. They lived out their faith yet people questioned them, they struggled in different ways such as doubt and prayer, but they persevered for the Truth. . You might not be for everyone but you are FOR God. He has called you chosen, loved and worthy. You have talents and gifts given to bring truth and light to others. The people who you are for God has called you to bring the light of Christ to whether you think you are good enough or not. . “Much later, when I understood what perfection was, I realized that to become a saint one must suffer a great deal, always seek what is best, and forget oneself. I understood that there were many kinds of sanctity and that each soul was free to respond to the approaches of Our Lord and to do little or much for Him — in other words, to make a choice among the sacrifices He demands.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux
The heart of a father is the materpiece of nature. - Abbe Prevost Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and father-figures in our lives for making us who we are, but most of all to God the Father for creating us and giving us life everyday.
Grateful for all the good men in my life, especially my dear pops and my husband who loves and takes such good care of us. ❤️✨ . Wishing everyone a blessed Sunday filled with love and good reflection on Father ~ especially of the Holy One who breathes life into All. . My Blue Seraphim icon in egg tempera and encaustic leans here against my favorite rock in NH not far from my father’s house. O...for a love of this blue color....! 💙 . God is good. + + + ⠀⠀ #seraphim#projectblessed#catholiccreatives#makersgonnamake#myquietbeauty#embracingaslowerlife