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A Mary Garden

I went outside this morning to find my statue of Mary missing from our front garden. It was a mother’s day gift from my girls and was blessed. I suppose I became attached to it; not seeing it in the garden was rather a shock. My girls used to pick flowers for her throughout the summer and earlier this May they did a May Crowning. Please say a prayer for whoever stole it and for its return.

St Anthony, restorer of lost things, pray for us!Image may contain: 1 person, standing, flower, plant, tree and outdoor




Homemaking 2019 Reading List

Here are some books that have been recommended to me and I hope to read this year. What are some of your favorite homemaking books?

         A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot 

This book has been recommended to me twice this month. It looks sweet and has a good rating on goodreads the only complaint from the reviews, “too Catholic” – sounds promising.

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer 

This book has been on my reading list for several years. I keep hoping I’ll find it at a thrift store but haven’t had much luck, it’s also not available at our local library so I decided to just order it this year.

  Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman 

I still don’t feel like our family is “large” but people keep telling me I’d like this book.



The Domestic Church: Building a Modest Library

Every Catholic home should have a modest Catholic library. Here are some starters:

Most Catholics have heard of the newer “Catechism of the Catholic Church” but have not heard of  “The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X” or “The Catechism of the Council of Trent” but these books are excellent resources and every Catholic home should have them! If you have children, The Baltimore Catechism is also a good resource.


For Spiritual Reading I love Mary Agreda’s “Mystical City of God.” I do not have the complete set but I do have a selected edition called, “Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary” which I can’t find anywhere but there are other abridgments available 

Mystical City of God ~ Mary of Agreda ~ The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God, manifested to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda, 1602-1666 - Imprimatur H. J. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne. Rome City, Ind., Aug. 24, 1912.:

St. Francis De Sales is one of my favorites and “Introduction to Devout life” is a Classic!

An Introduction to the Devout Life (Tan Classics) by St. ...

A good Latin/English Traditional Missal is a must. Whether you are able to attend a Traditional Latin Mass or not, it is filled with a wonderful treasury of prayers and  illuminations that uplift the soul. You can find older one’s on etsy. The one I have was my Great Aunt’s and it is beautiful!

Latin/ English Missal. Saint Paul Daily Missal. Hardcover 1960.


A Children’s Missal is also good to have. I love “Manner’s in God’s House First Prayers and First Missal” it is a charming classic:


The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louse De Montfort is my favorite book on the rosary:


Of course, there are so many other great books out there but these are the ones I find myself coming back to again and again.