Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

At home Stations of the Cross

Note: This post originally published last year during Lent, and I’m updating it just a tad and republishing. I’ve seen a few “how to pray the Stations with your children” posts floating around social media lately, and I simply want to share something that works well in our home. . . . → Read More: Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

The Narrative Behind the Nativity Scene

Holy Family Nativity

Do stories and traditions accompany your Christmas decorations? I just returned from a visit to my mom’s house where we enjoyed reminiscing about how our family Nativity came to be. . . . → Read More: The Narrative Behind the Nativity Scene

Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Advent, Week 1

Advent-Week1

How are you incorporating Pray, Work, Rest & Play into your daily routine this week? Here at Das Schmidt Haus we are blessing the Advent wreath and praying with the hope candle, thinking up grand St. Nicholas surprises, savoring quiet afternoons, and having one last Autumn hurrah with dad and leaves. . . . → Read More: Pray, Work, Rest & Play: Advent, Week 1

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry: 1 Small Thing To Do Today

Pray, Hope Don't Worry - St. Padre Pio

In honor of Saint Padre Pio’s feast day, here’s one small thing we all can do that gets to the heart of the phrase, “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry!” Check it out. And join me? . . . → Read More: Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry: 1 Small Thing To Do Today

Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

St Michael Vatican

Pope Francis recently consecrated the Vatican to St. Michael the Archangel’s protection. So I pondered: If Pope Francis consecrated the Vatican to the Archangel’s protection, can Joel and I do the same for our home and family, the domestic church? . . . → Read More: Consecrate Your Home to St. Michael the Archangel

7 Quick Takes: The Name Game, Camp Ujaama, First Fruits, Happy Marriages, Well-Read Moms & Cooking with 6 Ingredients

7 Quick Takes

Another round of 7 Quick Takes, courtesy Das Schmidt Haus. . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes: The Name Game, Camp Ujaama, First Fruits, Happy Marriages, Well-Read Moms & Cooking with 6 Ingredients

May Altars and Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids

Pope Francis Tweets About Rosary

Hot diggity! I’m on a “Pinisher” role lately. I recently spotted a few ideas on Pinterest for how to assemble a family May altar in your home. Given the month of May is dedicated to Mary, I set out to create an altar to honor Mary. Now the next logical step is to actually gather the family around the altar and pray a Hail Mary or two. So here are some tips for praying the Rosary with kids. . . . → Read More: May Altars and Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids

My Forrest Gump Moment

Forrest Gump Stops Running

If you’ve seen the great motion picture Forrest Gump, you probably remember the scene when, after running across the United States for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours, Forrest suddenly stops running, turns around to the paparazzi following him and says, “I’m pretty tired. . . I think I’ll go home now.” My conversion begins a little something like that. Well, not really. Even though I’m a wannabe runner, there’s certainly no way on God’s green earth that I could run cross-country like Forrest Gump. But my story begins the day I quit running … . . . → Read More: My Forrest Gump Moment

The Smells and Bells of the Domestic Monastery

Domestic Bell

The phrase “smells and bells” is a colloquial expression used within the Church that refers to various sensory experiences occurring during the liturgy — incense and bells, oil and water, bread and wine. The domestic church, at least my domestic church, has its share of smells and bells, too. Not quite the same as the Benedictine monastery, but there is a parallel. . . . → Read More: The Smells and Bells of the Domestic Monastery

Catholic Women Now: Holy Week Activities

Radio Mic

What do Julie and I talk about this week on Catholic Women Now? We highlight some terrific Holy Week activities, and we unveil a really (really!) cool way to get you, our listeners, engaged in the show. Check it out — we’re Catholic Women Now, heard only on Iowa Catholic Radio; streaming online, too. . . . → Read More: Catholic Women Now: Holy Week Activities