Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

This is the first time I’m linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter and their {pretty, happy, funny, real} series. If you are dropping by our site for the first time by way of that blog, welcome! Thanks for visiting. You can learn more about us here, but please know much has changed in our life since that was first written (my to-do list just got a little longer).

Here’s a little taste of what’s been happening the past week at Das Schmidt Haus.


Pretty daughter (Lucy — 3 1/2 years) and a pretty daffodil backdrop
Hello spring! The kids and I journeyed to the public library on the first day of spring this week and spotted these lovely daffodils on our way. I am a native Iowan; my husband Joel is a sconie, or otherwise known as someone from Wisconsin (Go Badgers! Go Marquette!). We now live in suburbia Des Moines (for the geographically challenged, Des Moines is the capital of Iowa) and we both are hard-pressed to remember a time when spring has sprung so soon in the upper midwest!


The view from my kitchen sink makes me happy.
Happiness is being home to experience the loveliness of our magnolia tree in full bloom.

 A little over a year ago, Joel and I made the decision to become a one-income family and I resigned from my job — a great job and one I worked very hard to land. But once I became a mother, I discerned God was calling me to be a full-time at-home mom. My former job required working several hours per week and many of those hours occurred in the evenings. In past years, I have completely missed the full bloom of this magnolia tree because I was rarely home in daylight hours. Looking out over my kitchen sink and seeing the beautiful tree this week has been a lovely gift from God — a gentle reminder I am exactly where I need to be, doing what I’m called to do.


Lucy and Jude (7-weeks) donning their St. Patrick’s Day clothes. We had fun teaching Lucy about Saint Patrick last Saturday.

And we enjoyed preparing and eating corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for dinner. We used the America’s Test Kitchen recipe and it was delicious! Not sure why, but this was the first time we prepared a corned beef dish. Maybe not being Irish and all, we were just intimidated by it. Funny thing? It was very easy to prepare and at $1.17/pound for the corned beef and $.12/pound for the cabbage, the meal was extremely affordable. I think we just discovered an annual tradition in this German-Czech-Pennsylvanian Dutch home.


 Julianna — the true face of beauty

March 21 marked World Down Syndrome Day. Kathleen M. Basi, a mother to a child with Down syndrome (Julianna shown above), wrote a terrific guest post for us providing suggestions for how to have meaningful interactions with people who have disabilities, especially school-aged children. I encourage you to read it and share with others as her message is both challenging and convicting. 

round button chicken
For more  {pretty, happy, funny, real} entries, head over to Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get Updates

Get the latest posts from The Practicing Catholic, delivered straight to your inbox!


  1. says

    I was so excited to see that you linked up for PHFR! It is one of my favorites because I love to see all the photos people use in their posts. Beautiful magnolia tree! I was just pondering the joy I’ve experienced this week as we marked my first spring break with the kids as a SAHM. Instead of dreading the child care arrangements that work would require, I looked forward to a whole week of fun, sleeping in, and quality time with my husband and our children. I know what you mean about being exactly where you are meant to be. :)

  2. says

    Thanks for joining! I love your post. There are so many beauties to be found in serving each other!
    And yes, the “boiled dinner” as we call it here in New England is the easiest, tastiest, and cheapest around! When you’re done with the dinner, there’s hash as well. (and my reuben casserole — recipe on the blog)
    However, it’s a lot cheaper where you are, I can tell you that, so yes, enjoy!

  3. says

    Seventeen cents a pound! I was pleased to get mine at $1.79 per. It is a nice thing to make, isn’t it?
    The picture of Lucy and the daffodils is especially lovely!

    • says

      Ha! Too funny – I meant $1.17/pound, not $0.17. Surprised no one caught that until now. Yes, that would have been really cheap corned beef! :) But my husband says I am wrong and it was actually $1.79/pound. I tried finding the receipt to prove him wrong, but I must have recycled it already. I still think it was $1.17 because the .17 rang in my mind being March 17 and all. We can both be right given lack of evidence!

      At any rate, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it! And thanks for the compliments on our daughter, too.

  4. says

    I started making Irish corned beef and cabbage because it was cheap too -and I was curious to know what it tasted like! We’re Swiss German Mennonites, so it rang a bell in our cultural genes.

    I was interested to read of your intersection with job and family. . .

Join the conversation!