FoC 049: Nurturing Your Marriage While Making Tough Decisions

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Before our little summer podcasting break, we wanted to touch on a topic all couples face and many struggle with: how to work together to make big life decisions.

Haley recently wrote an ebook on this topic, so we thought it was the perfect time to have a chat about it! We discussed struggles couples often face when confronting a big decision, ways to minimize conflict, remembering not to take a spouse’s unhappiness personally, and discerning big changes.

Books we talked about:

Making Big Life Changes Together by Haley Stewart

 

Making Big Life Changes Together: Pursuing Your Dreams as a Couple by Haley Stewart

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FoC 048: Sharing Our Faith with Authenticity with Karen Edmisten

 

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We are thrilled to welcome back Karen Edmisten as our first return guest on Fountains of Carrots! We’ve been fans of Karen’s writing for years and when we got our hands on her new book, You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time, we knew we needed to have her back on the show to talk about evangelization.

Karen Edmisten is a Catholic convert from atheism and a homeschooling mom of three girls. She’s a freelance writer, a frequent guest on Catholic radio. and the author of several books.

In this episode we chatted with Karen about sharing Christ through our relationships. As Catholics we can be afraid to come off as proselytizing and sometimes don’t speak up and share our faith when the time is right. Karen offered stories from her conversion (including when people tried to evangelize the wrong way) and talked about the people that authentically shared their Catholic faith with her. We also discussed complicated situations within families, such as spouses who don’t share the same faith or children who have left their faith. Karen has such wisdom to share about patient, prayerful hope for these difficult situations and offering love and respect in all our relationships.

We loved chatting with Karen again and we think this episode is going to be a great inspiration and encouragement to you. It’s a great episode, so grab some coffee and listen in!

Books we talked about:

You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time by Karen Edmisten

Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line by Karen Edmisten

Other books by Karen:

After Miscarriage by Karen Edmisten

The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary by Karen Edmisten

Through the Year with Mary: 365 Reflections by Karen Edmsiten

Our previous podcast episode with Karen:

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How to connect with Karen:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 047: Behind the Unspoken Wall of Anxiety with Katie Sciba

 

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Katie Sciba is a mom of four and the voice behind TheCatholicWife.net. She and her husband Andrew live in Louisiana and since Haley’s in nearby Texas, she actually got to meet Katie at a blogging weekend this Spring! Katie is also a a three-time Catholic Press Award-winning columnist for her diocesan magazine: Shreveport’s Catholic Connection as well as a speaker.

We knew we wanted to have Katie on the podcast after reading a brave and wonderful post she wrote recently on struggling with anxiety. Since Christy and I and most of the women we know have struggled with anxiety at some point in their lives, we really wanted to dive deep into this rarely discussed topic and talk about how women can heal and find support.

In this episode we asked Katie to share a bit of her story about facing anxiety and depression and then we pondered why this is such a common problem for women in our culture. We also covered some ideas for healing and how to get help and support when you feel like you’re drowning in anxiety. We hope that this episode will shed light on the unspoken suffering that comes with mental illness and encourage women to support each other, offer themselves some grace in the trenches, and seek help when they need it.

It’s a great episode, so grab some coffee and listen in!

Links for this episode:

Katie’s The Blog Post About Anxiety

Haley’s Unrealistic Expectations, Anxiety Attacks, and Rediscovering the Joy of Motherhood

How to connect with Katie:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 046: The Life Changing Insights of the Four Temperaments

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After Haley discovered Connie Rossini’s wonderful books about spiritual growth plans for children’s temperaments, we knew we needed to have an episode dedicated to the four temperaments! We were thrilled that Connie could join us to share some of her wisdom.

Connie Rossini is an author of four books and a Catholic homeschooling mom of four boys. She gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. Connie writes a spirituality column for The Prairie Catholic of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota and is a columnist for SpiritualDirection.com. Her family lives in Minnesota and each of her sons has a different one of the primary temperaments!

In this episode we asked Connie to give us an introduction to the four temperaments and share some of the challenges we might face as parents, spouses, or friends with each temperament. We had a blast chatting about how the temperaments play into our families and lives. Connie also shared some great resources to consider if you’re interested in diving deeper into the temperaments!

It’s a great episode, so grab some coffee and listen in!

Links for this episode:

Determining Your Child’s Temperament: A Free Quiz

Haley’s Learning to Embrace My Strong-Willed Child’s Temperament

Books we talked about:

A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child by Connie Rossini

A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child by Connie Rossini

The Temperament God Gave Your Kids by Art and Laraine Bennett

The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett


The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art and Laraine Bennett


Personality Plus by Florence Littauer

Other books by Connie:

Is Centering Prayer Catholic? by Connie Rossini

Trusting God with St Therese by Connie Rossini

How to connect with Connie:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 045: All TV. All the Time.

 

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Today we’re back talking tv! After our first tv episode proved to be a popular one we thought it would be the perfect excuse to talk about our new favourite shows together.

We also chat about the binge-watching phenomenon and why we don’t feel too guilty about it as busy moms.  And if binge watching doesn’t make us feel bad, we take it a step further and explore how television has become an art medium that rivals movies and even novels in a big way when it comes to storytelling. We discuss Poldark, the final season of Downton Abbey, and more new shows you may want to check out soon! We hope you enjoy chatting about some great tv, we hope you laugh along with us.

Links to shows we talked about in today’s episode:

 

Poldark

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Foyle’s War: The Complete Saga

 

The Bletchley Circle

 

Downton Abbey Season 6

Upstairs, Downstairs

 

The Good Wife

 

Far From The Madding Crowd

 

War & Peace: Complete Miniseries

 

Better Call Saul: Season One

 

Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2 

 

Turn: Washington’s Spies

 

House of Cards: Season 1

 

House of Cards Trilogy: The Original UK Series Remastered

 

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FoC 044: Why We Need Silence and Thomas Merton with Dr. Greg Hillis

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Sometimes the internet is a great place! Haley’s husband Daniel became Twitter friends with Dr. Gregory Hillis and then Haley met the Hillis family during last summer’s big road trip and visited the Abbey of Gethsemani (where Thomas Merton lived) with them. One minute you’re driving through beautiful Kentucky, and the next you’re eating dinner at a hermitage with monks and somebody you’re husband knows from Twitter. It’s like magic.

Dr. Hillis is our first of Christy’s fellow Canadians to join us on the podcast.  He is a historical theologian with particular expertise in patristics and joined Bellarmine’s faculty in August 2008.  In addition to  Christian spirituality, ecclesiology, sacramental theology, 19th and 20th century Roman Catholic theology, and Eastern Christian history and theology, Dr. Hillis studies Thomas Merton and we thought he would have some great insights into Merton’s work to share with you (we were right!)

In this episode we talked about Merton’s conversion, which of his writings Merton newbies should read first, why people are scared of Merton, and his emphasis on dialogue with other faith traditions. We also chatted about Wendell Berry, how the vocation of marriage is a call to generous love, how we are sacramentally connected to other Christians through baptism, and advice from Dr. Hillis about the beauty and complexities of interfaith marriage.

It’s a great episode, so grab some coffee and listen in!

Links for this episode:

Getting Started with Thomas Merton: A Reading Guide: My Unquiet Heart

Haley’s Why You Should Take Your Kids to Caves, Monasteries, and Fancy Hotels

Books we talked about:

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, The Essential Writings


Thomas Merton: Essential Writings

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Intimate Merton: His Life from Journals

How to connect with Dr. Greg Hillis:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

FoC 043: Real Talk about Conversion with Ginny Sheller

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We’ve been fans of Ginny Sheller’s blog, Small Things, for ages and were so thrilled to meet her in real life last summer.  Ginny is a Catholic homeschooling mom to seven (almost eight!) and her family lives in a 200-year-old farm house on six acres. She’s just fantastic and we know you’re going to love this conversation with her. We keep it real in this episode!

Ginny shared her conversion story and we talked about young children in Mass, what it’s like having a large family, and the power of the sacraments in today’s episode. So grab a cup of tea and join us!

Links for this episode:

Ginny’s conversion story from Small Things

Christy’s Survival Skills for Mass with Kids

Christy’s post: Sometimes the Sacraments Are All a Mom Has

Haley’s 27 Books for Your Mass Bag and How My Kids Didn’t Ruin Mass 

Books we talked about:

By What Authority: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition by Mark Shea

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

How to connect with Ginny:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 042: Hidden Grace and All The Light We Cannot See

 

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For our latest book club selection we chose the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See.

It’s an amazing tale of World War II interweaving the lives of  a blind French girl and a brilliant German boy who grows up within the Nazi regime.

In circumstances of survival we see beauty, love, and grace shine through. We talk about redemption, sacrifice, standing up for one’s conscience, and the hidden workings of grace in our lives. We had a great time discussing this novel that really sinks into your soul and stays with you.

Links discussed in today’s episode:

All the Light We Cannot See

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

Wait Until Dark

Bishop Barron’s article on All The Light We Cannot See

 

 

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Whole Parenting Goods. Beautiful handmade textiles for the babies in your life, made by at home mom to three, Nell.

 

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

 

FoC 041: Parenting with Trust, Not Fear with Rachel Balducci

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This week we have a treat for you because the lovely Rachel Balducci, mother of six,  joined us on the podcast. Rachel is the co-host of The Gist on Catholic TV, author, speaker, newspaper columnist, blogger at Testosterhome, and this year began teaching in the classroom. She’s an inspiring and encouraging lady and full of fun!

We were excited to chat with Rachel because her kids are a bit older than ours and we wanted to pick her brain about what it’s like to have big kids and how life changes as your kids grow up. She has so much wisdom to share about raising a family, how to do discipline, and all that we have to look forward to (the good and the bad).

We also laughed a lot and talked about the plight of the Catholic mom who enjoys an occasional cigar. It’s a great conversation and we hope you love it!

 

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Photo courtesy of the amazing Ginny of Small Things. (Yes, she was there too!)

 

 

Links in this episode:

The New Dare to Discipline by Dr. James Dobson

Rachel’s book:

How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?: And Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys

How to connect with Rachel:

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.

FoC 040: How Small Can We Go And Other Questions Answered

 

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Our first Q&A episode was a blast so we thought we’d ask listeners for more great questions so we could do a whole new Q&A in the new year. We couldn’t get to all the questions, but we enjoyed answering the ones we could!

In this episode we cover living in small spaces with lots of kids and how we deal with storage. We also discussed the big question of to save or not to save kids clothes and we dived into our daily routines and how they help us keep our sanity. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and a pile of laundry and enjoy!

Things we discussed in this episode:

Christy’s post about great games for little people.

Related posts:

How a Family of Five Got Rid of Half Their Stuff (about Haley’s family)

Large Families in Small Homes (about Christy’s family)

 

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You can listen to us on iTunes, and we’d love a quick rating or review. If you have an android device we’re also on Stitcher. And as always, you can find all links, show notes, upcoming guests, and listen to all episodes at Fountains of Carrots.com.