Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}

On Monday, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, I am…


Gardening and chickens and knitting and soap making are filling my thoughts. It’s time to start some seeds indoors, which we have never done. But first, I need to finish up the plans for the what gets planted where.


Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer

The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition

Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living


I want a couple of book recommendations. Has anyone read and which do you recommend?

Everything Is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux

Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

The Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Today’s Pilgrim

Carmelite Prayer: A Tradition for the 21st Century

Under the Torrent of His Love: Therese of Lisieux, a Spiritual Genius

I know, I appear to be on a Carmelite kick.


We become “addicted to the drama of the resentment.”

I read this over at Shirt of Flame blog. I was browsing Amazon for some Carmelite books and you know how one click leads to another? Well a click about St Therese led me to Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lisieux. I followed her link over to her blog. I don’t know if her blog is really a place I would hang out. It’s kind of like meeting a friend of a friend that you really don’t have much in common with except for the mutual friendship, in our case, St Therese. Anyway. That quote is really rolling around my head in light of another awesome confession. It’s not that I’m awesome in the confessional, quite the contrary I assure you. It’s that God is so awesome in the sacrament.


I now officially have two teenagers in my home. I know I have alot to learn.


I am in the process of a mass recipe declutter and organize. Thankfully this coincides with Lent; easier meal planning and a clean out in the kitchen of old cookbooks no longer used, recipes written here and there, and reprints of recipes because we couldn’t find the original.


I have been looking into natural, homemade, cleaning products. I am also trying to work on my patience when children do not do as told when it comes to chores. If I remain patient, I can teach them and give a just punishment for laziness. If I do not keep my patience, I just end up yelling and they don’t listen ot learn.


I am creating a family recipe binder.
I want to create something knitted.
I want to create some sewn grocery bags.
I want to create some homemade soap because my children have extremely dry skin every time they use store bought.


Prayer of thanksgiving as my daughter and I celebrate our Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This will be my 11 anniversary and her 4th.


February plans swirling around in my head. It makes me feel busy.


Leo’s first little hair cut.


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Join us each Monday as we put our days into words and pictures. These daily plans, photos and thoughts are the “little things” that may not make it to the calendar, or the scrap book. Yet they are a much a part of us as any “official” recordings. I know it will be fun to look back and see what I was doing, hoping and praying this 11th of February 2013.



Welcome! I’m Jenny, the administrator of Suscipio and author of The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible©. I have been married to Chris 20 years, strictly by the grace of God. We have seven precious souls from teen to baby. I hope my personal contribution to Suscipio shows what my life really looks like; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure. I can also be found at Big Family Small Farm.





  1. I LOVE that photograph of that sweet moment captured. Love everything about it…I want to sit in your living room. :-)

  2. I LOVE that photograph of you cutting your son’s hair. Why didn’t I think to cut my boys’ hair like that rather than subjecting them to a barber’s chair? Lovely moment captured.

  3. Teens are FUN!! Really. They are pretty much self sufficient in terms of bathing, feeding and clothing, and they have such interesting insight into the world. They are also handy to have around for things like reaching high places, mowing, car washing, fetching things from the grocery store (once they can drive) tending to younger siblings, teaching you the latest dance moves and keeping you up to date on what’s cool, hip and stylish.

    The kids and chores thing? I was getting so tired of nagging, and took a lesson from “Discipline with Love and Logic”. “Clean your room” was rephrased into “Your room needs to be tidy before the next time you eat.” Dinner rolled around and if the room wasn’t tidy, there wasn’t a plate on their place mat. This tactic still works with the boys. They are often frantically vacuuming or folding laundry while I cook dinner. “You need to clean the bathroom before you go out with your friends” worked with the girls. “Mom! It’s time to leave!”. I’d check the bathroom and if it wasn’t cleaned then the response was, “The bathroom isn’t clean. How sad that you won’t be going to the movie with your friends today.” Once was all it took with Princess Pea!

    Have a wonderful day, Jenny.
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  4. Our high point was four teenage girls at one time. I’ve since graduated one to the 20 yo group so now I’m just running at three girls and a tween boy. Yippee!! Good for you on the organizing, I hope it goes well. If the soap doesn’t work out for you, you can always check out my daughters’ site: Have a great week!
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    • Thanks for your daughter’s site. I’ll head over and check it out. I really want to make our own. My sister makes it for us now, but we go through it faster than she can make it. So this is something we need to learn to do. My children’s hands in the winter just get so red and rashy when we use store bought soap.
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  5. This was a wonderful almanac to read today Jenny. I am sharing your garden books with my husband who has been reserving them at the library : ) We have been doing a lot of homemade cleaners (I have recipes that work if you are interested) as well as, for myself, homemade facial cleaner, moisturizer, shampoo and deodorant. I have been using an organic soap for the same reason for my daughter and it is working well. Trader Joes’s sells some nice natural soap bars pretty cheap.

    Well, you know I will recommend Fr. Deeney’s book if you are looking to learn more about the Order. He is very down to earth and funny to boot. *Carmelite Prayer 21st Century* is nice collection of essays but I think that would be better for later reading. I haven’t read *Carmelite Way* yet but I have been eyeing it : ) The only book I have on St. Therese is *Story of a Soul*…and that is enough for me : )

    You have so much creativity going on there…I don’t know how you do it! Thanks for sharing your ideas. It was fun reading them.
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    • I would love your recipes Theresa. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s where we live.

      Is the Fr Deeney’s book dry? More historical or spiritual/prayerful? I am really eyeing, so much so it is sitting in my amazon cart, The Way of Trust and Love–A Retreat Guided By Saint Therese by Jacques Philippe. He’s the same priest who wrote Called to Life Searching for and Maintaining Peace, Time for God, In the School of the School of the Holy Spirit…I really enjoy his books. (I’m pretty sure I just talked myself into that one).

      As for the creativity; I don’t do it all. Notice I said “I want to…”
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      • Well…you can never go wrong with Jacques Philippe…he has a Carmelite heart.

        Deeney’s book is not really historical…more spiritual and geared towards someone discerning a vocation to OCDS. He also talks about the Beatitudes and gives a view into the *inner workings* of the Council of the Carmelite community.
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  6. Two teenagers? Welcome to my world!
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  7. That is amazing with the idea of making a family recipe binder. I have two cookbooks (Better Homes), but I have the cookbook magazines from different companies…I need to make a binder for them.
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