All of Them, or: I Have an Announcement to Make

All of Them, or: I Have an Announcement to Make

It is with great joy and relief that we announce that we are expecting Tierney baby number ten in September, as I think we can all agree that nine is a very odd number of children to have. I mean come on, Your Highness, get these kids under control. What are they even...

Don't We Have This Modesty Thing Backwards?

Don't We Have This Modesty Thing Backwards?

I tend to get mailbag questions in bunches. All of a sudden, I'll get a flurry of questions on similar topics. Maybe it's facebook? Maybe it's some sort of hive mind phenomena? But there you have it. It's a thing. The most recent wave was on kids and modesty. And the...

The Beauty of a   W   I   D   E   Family

The Beauty of a W I D E Family

I've been sold for some time on the benefits of a big family: many hands with which to share the work, plenty of folks for games and conversation. But, really, the benefits I appreciate most in my big family, are actually because it's also a wide family. Having a baby...

Well, THAT Escalated Quickly . . .

Well, THAT Escalated Quickly . . .

Just going to pop in quickly here to introduce you to the newest member of the family . . . Mary Jane Tierney. She was born at 3:08am this morning, July 25th, her due date, the Feast of St. James. 8lbs 3oz, 21 inches long, not much hair to speak of. Looks exactly like...

Weaning: my hows, whys, and whens

Weaning: my hows, whys, and whens

Sometimes when I get a mailbag question, I can't believe I really haven't ever written on the subject before. This was one of those. I've written about breastfeeding (those posts always spark quite a discussion) and getting babies to sleep (conversation AND, um,...

Maybe Unmedicated Childbirth Isn't For Me?

Maybe Unmedicated Childbirth Isn't For Me?

MAILBAG TIME! Question: How you have accomplished drug-free births? I have about 7 weeks to go and I'm toying with the idea of no epidural. But I'm scared. So far my birth experiences have been: emergency c-section due to late (i.e. during labor) discovery that baby...

Secrets Revealed, Prayers Answered, Winners Notified

Secrets Revealed, Prayers Answered, Winners Notified

I've got good news, and I've got good news. First, the good news. Remember a few months back, when I hosted an amazing giveaway for a Monastic Immersion Weekend? I had an anonymous sponsor, and asked that you would all pray for her intention, which was very dear to...

Why I Stopped Saying That All I Want is a Healthy Baby

Why I Stopped Saying That All I Want is a Healthy Baby

--- 1 --- When we are expecting a baby (which is pretty often) we don't find out the baby's sex before birth. We like to be surprised. But when you don't know whether it's a boy or a girl, people very often ask if you would prefer to have a boy or a girl. I really...

How to Do Stuff One Handed

How to Do Stuff One Handed

I just happen to have a super-adorable baby, who, like all my other babies, does not like to be put down. I often wear her in a carrier so I'll have both hands free, but if she's fallen asleep nursing, I usually just carry her around in one arm rather than risk waking...

The Baby I Didn’t Know I Needed

The Baby I Didn’t Know I Needed

I really can't say that any of my babies has been "planned." Most, in fact, were conceived while we were actively (albeit inexpertly) attempting NFP. I guess Frankie would be the closest to a "planned" pregnancy. After finally figuring out how to use NFP effectively,...

DIY Chewbacca Sleepsack Mod and a Homemade X-Wing Bomber

DIY Chewbacca Sleepsack Mod and a Homemade X-Wing Bomber

If you like Star Wars and Christmas presents and awesome, but prefer wood and lasers to faux fur and embroidery floss, you should just scroll down a bit.   This is a bit off topic . . . but, speaking of projects, I wanted to share my most recent one, my Christmas gift...

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