The Holy Family Planner: Now available!



A beautiful, functional and reverent Catholic planner designed to inspire and uplift your planning style! Includes:

  • all Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form Calendar feast days
  • U.S. Holidays
  • daily menu planning
  • two-page month-at-a-glance for each month of the year
  • two-page week-at-a-glance for each week of the year
  • customizable monthly goals pages
  • personal information and contacts pages
  • inspiring quotes from the Saints
  • lovely sacred line art
  • Black-and-white interior, full-color cover, sturdily spiral-bound.

A perfect help for you, or a thoughtful gift for any Catholic lady in your life!

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The state of things: 37 days in

That Sweet "Ave"

So, what’s the state of things, 37 days in to our engagement?

  • We are 90% of the way there to confirming an actual wedding date. This took longer than it might take others since we were engaged right before Christmas, chose to enjoy the holidays before we started doing any intense planning, and are now in the process of coordinating with our understandably very busy parish priest.
  • We’re one week away from having our first marriage prep meeting with him.
  • After doing a bit of searching and a lot of assessment, we have a likely reception venue (off the beaten path of commercialized wedding venues, thankfully!) and are waiting on our wedding date to be confirmed so, God-willing, we can make a reservation on their calendar, if they are still available.
  • Although we’re waiting to ask everyone until we have our wedding date, we’ve decided on our wedding party.
  • We…

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On the feast of St. Agnes

That Sweet "Ave"

A dear mother of seven texted me this morning and reminded me that St. Agnes is the patron saint of engaged couples. Either I’d never known this before, or I’d forgotten it – either way, what an uplifting reality!


O sweet Saint Agnes, I earnestly implore thy compassion and commend myself to thy prayers. O noble virgin, thou didst despise all earthly things and prefer the love of Christ to the glory of the world. Death was welcome to thee, and the holy angels were waiting for thy soul to convey it into the joys of Paradise, where, adorned with the martyr’s palm, thou didst arrive at the nuptials of the heavenly Spouse. I too seek Him; deign to intercede for me that He may grant me health of mind and body, restrain the temptations of the devil, extinguish the desires of the flesh, give me time for true repentance…

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Revisiting chaperones

That Sweet "Ave"

On my old blog, I wrote a lot about the principles behind The Dash and I’s courtship. If you’ve read anything out there, then you most likely know that, during our entire courtship, we abstained from any physical signs of affection except for quick hi-bye hugs; and we also incorporated chaperones without fail into our outings to prevent us from being totally alone.

However, when The Dash and I were over a year into our courtship, we did, from time to time, re-assess our principles. This was mainly to ensure that we were still engaging those principles with reason. Not only was it important to us to ensure we were doing things the right way, but we knew it was equally important to confirm that we were practicing universal principles: ones that we could recommend to any couple, regardless of their situation.

Now, the “hands-off policy” is such a sound…

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