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FoC 099: Our Honest Take on Homeschooling: Without all the Sunshine and Rainbows

Every so often we like to do an episode with just the two of us to answer some of the questions we get frequently from listeners. Today we’re covering….drumroll….HOMESCHOOLING! We get asked all the time why we homeschool and what it looks like for our families so we wanted to dive in with some real talk.

Caveat: We do NOT think that everyone has to homeschool or that it’s the best option for every family. We are not judging you if you don’t homeschool and we have plenty of days when sending our kids off on the school bus sounds like a delightful fairyland.

In this episode we talk about our own educational backgrounds, why we decided to homeschool, and how it helps us live out the goals we have for our family life. We also talk about what most annoys us about homeschooling and how homeschooling is really just 90% parenting. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

In this episode we talked about:

Our episode all about Advent

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids

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FoC 098: The Lies We Tell Ourselves and The Goodness of Our Bodies with Amanda Martinez Beck

 

Our relationship with our bodies is a topic that comes up a lot in our Facebook group. But not just there. This topic comes up everywhere else, too!

After reading Amanda Martinez Beck’s book Lovely we knew we needed to have her on the podcast to talk about body image and what it means to have a theological foundation for how we view the goodness of the bodies God has given us.

Amanda is a wife, mama, author, and size dignity activist. In this episode discuss the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we are told about our bodies and how we can be in danger of failing to see their goodness. We also chat about how a Catholic theology of the body can be an antidote to the negative cultural messages that surround us. We discuss the damaging concept that certain kinds of bodies are morally superior and the difficulties of navigating medical care.  And we top it off with why we need saints of all sizes!

So grab a cup of tea and join us!

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Amanda’s book

Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me by Amanda Martinez Beck

Things we talked about:

The article Haley mentioned: Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong: Huffington Post

Chesterton’s lack of temperance could block canonization: Catholic Household

And the rebuttal: Chesterton the Glutton and the Drunk: Catholic Household

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And don’t forget that for a limited time you can currently get Haley’s liturgical living eCookbook Feast! as part of the online More 4 Mom Catholic Conference package!

Check it out here.

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FoC 097: Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset; It’s Complicated

 

Every so often we tell the listeners ahead of time about a great book we want to discuss and have a little FoC “book club.”  This time it’s Gunnar’s Daughter by Nobel Prize winner Sigrid Undset. You’ve probably heard us talk about how much we love Undset’s most famous work, Kristin Lavransdatter. But since Kristin is a thousand pages long, it didn’t seem like a good book club option (you’re welcome, everyone!) and we’ve been wanting to branch out and read some of Undset’s other works, this 148-page tour de force seemed like a better option.

Before we get any further, consider yourself warned that this book contains some very difficult topics such as sexual assault and infant and child loss. Due to its mature content, this isn’t a good one to listen to with kids around. And if any of these topics might trigger trauma for you, feel free to skip this episode and we’ll see you in a couple of weeks!

In our discussion we talk about how the old saga style of this work lends itself surprisingly well to the multi-dimensional characters and strong visuals Undset presents in the story. We discuss the fascinating setting of Viking culture being introduced to Christian thought and the effects of sin on the perpetrator, the wronged, and the community. We also touch on the idea of justice versus revenge and  how it’s a crime that no one has made this story into a TV show (did you hear that, all you TV producers who surely listen to our podcast?!!!).

So grab something warm to drink while we discuss journeys in the snow and Viking halls!

Today’s book:

(This post contains Amazon affiliate links.)

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

Other books we talked about:

Kristin Lavransdatter

TV shows we talked about:

Vikings

The Last Kingdom

And check out our previous book episodes!

We’ll definitely be chatting more about Gunnar’s Daughter in our Facebook group so be sure to join in over there!

Our Sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by the 2018-2019 Year of Virtue Liturgical Calendar created in a collaboration between The Telos Art Shop and Providential Company.

This calendar seeks to support individuals and families on their journey of faith. Through studying the lives of the saints, following the liturgical calendar at home, making hands-on crafts, and lots of prayer we open our lives to the pursuit of virtue. The focused content is centered around a core virtue or a focused feast day with relevant insights, common Catholic prayers, and family-friendly activities.

Since the new liturgical year does not start until December,  The  Telos Art Blog has already started publishing some of the activities and ideas. To learn more about their calendars and Catholic jewelry head over to telosartshop.com .

Take advantage of their coupon code CARROTS to get your Year of Virtue Liturgical Calendar at 20% off before November 1! Grab yours here.

 

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FoC 096: Rethinking the Benedict Option for Real Life Community with Leah Libresco Sargeant

 

We’ve been big fans of Leah Libresco Sargeant’s writing for ages (and we even had her husband Alexi on the podcast last year to nerd out about Stranger Things with us). When we heard she had a new book on the Benedict Option coming out, we knew we needed to discuss it with her–especially because you all have been requesting a BenOp episode!

Leah is a wife, author, speaker, and fellow at Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. In this episode Leah shares about her new book, Building the Benedict Option. We chat the basics of cultivating community through hospitality and we address a lot of the questions we hear from you all in the Facebook group about the desire for good friendships and Christian fellowship. Gatherings for people who hate small talk?  Finding friends and opening your home? We gotcha covered. Leah also shares about praying together with fellow Christians and how prayer brings God into times of fellowship. So grab a cup of tea and join us!

This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

In this episode we talked about:

Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher

Arriving at Amen by Leah Libresco

Follow Leah:

Book Club Episode

And our next episode is a BOOK EPISODE (much rejoicing!). We’re talking about Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset. It’s a quick read so grab your copy ASAP!

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

And psst! Amazon has a sale going right now on Haley’s book–27% off. So grab it while it’s discounted!
The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture 

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FoC 095: Transformed by Story with Sarah Clarkson

As soon as we heard about her new release, Book Girl: A Journey through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life, we knew that we needed to have a conversation with kindred spirit, Sarah Clarkson.

Sarah is a writer, wife, mom to her own wee book girl, and student of theology. She blogs at sarahclarkson.com and studies at Oxford. In this episode we chatted across the pond about being formed by stories, how books reach out to us when we need them most, and how good characters show us we can make our own paths. So grab a cup of tea and join us!

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In this episode we talked about:

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Home by Marilynne Robinson

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Shadowlands by C.S. Lewis

Haley’s post about Why Voldemort Hates Homeschooling

Follow Sarah:

And while we’re on the subject of books, don’t forget that Haley’s new book is now available!
The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture (Amazon)

You can also order from Barnes and Noble or straight from the publisher, Ave Maria Press.

Once your book arrives Haley would love to see you with your copy and hear some of YOUR story! If you want to make her heart sing, please share a selfie with your book on social media with the hashtag #graceofenough

You can also support Haley’s new book by requesting that your local library stock The Grace of Enough or leaving a review on Amazon!

And if you want a book club to read with, St. Teresa’s Online Book Club is going to be discussing The Grace of Enough starting Sept 22nd and you can join in on Facebook.

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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 094: Living the Fullness of the Gospel Through the Grace of Enough

We usually don’t publish episodes on Fridays but this is a special edition because *drumroll* it’s launch day for Haley’s book! It’s been an 18 month process but The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture is finally HERE!

We’re discussing some of the themes of Haley’s book that tells the story of her family’s radical life change of selling their house and getting rid of most of their possessions that brought them to living on a farm for a year with their three young kids and no flushing toilets!  Living authentically in pursuit of the Gospel is often a countercultural practice and we touch on how the choices we make to prioritize faith and family are going to look different in every home depending on our circumstances. We talk a little bit about the process of putting together a book and whether writing a memoir colors an author’s view of past memories. And we note how pursuing the Gospel when doing so goes against the grain of our culture is so important in light of the recent Church crisis. So grab a cup of tea (and a copy of Haley’s new book!) and enjoy the conversation!

Haley’s new book:

This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture

If Amazon’s being glitchy (a few folks have had trouble getting the book to ship out today) you can always order from Barnes and Noble or straight from the publisher, Ave Maria Press.

Once your book arrives Haley would love to see you with your copy and hear some of YOUR story! If you want to make her heart sing, please…

  1. Share a selfie with your book on social media with the hashtag #graceofenough
  2. Share part of your story of pursuing what truly matters even though you had critics or your decision went against the grain.

You can also support Haley’s new book by requesting that your local library stock The Grace of Enough or leaving a review on Amazon!

And if you want a book club to read with, St. Teresa’s Online Book Club is going to be discussing The Grace of Enough starting Sept 22nd and you can join in on Facebook.

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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 091: Delving Into the Mind of a Catholic Novelist with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

We’re thrilled to have Catholic novelist Eleanor Bourg Nicholson with us today discussing what makes Catholic creativity and writing so unique. Eleanor is a wife, homeschooling mother of four, director of religious education at her parish, former assistant editor at Dappled Things and the Saint Austin Review, has previously published a novella entitled The Letters of Magdalen Montague, and she has also edited the Ignatius Critical editions of Dracula, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility.

Today’s conversation was a fun foray into why Catholics love great literature! Eleanor shares her love of Victorian era literature, the gothic novel, and why she chose to write a novel about Dominican vampire hunters. We also share why aspects of our faith make for great dramatic and artistic elements that other non-Catholic writers have loved squeezing into their stories. Eleanor shares how she came up with her characters and how she became attached to them and in many cases had to kill them off.  We think you’ll love this episode going behind the scenes with a Catholic novelist working in today’s publishing industry!

Eleanor’s new book:

A Bloody Habit

Remember to use the coupon code CARROTS when ordering Eleanor’s book from Ignatius Press to get 35% off!

Eleanor’s Author Page on Facebook

Books we talked about today:

Dracula 

Mansfield Park 

Vilette

Jane Eyre

Father Brown

Hard Times

Great Expectations

A Tale of Two Cities 

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017 film)

Our past episode: Scandalous Books are Good for Your Soul with Dr. Jessica Hooten-Wilson

Thanks again to Ignatius Press for sponsoring today’s episode! To see more of their Catholic novels head over to IgnatiusNovels.com. They’ve got many favourites of the podcast including Sigrid Undset, G.K. Chesterton and great critical editions of the classics!  And take advantage of their coupon code CARROTS to get a copy of Eleanor Bourg Nicholson’s brand new novel A Bloody Habit to get 35% off before August 31!

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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 090: Answering God’s Call: Talking About Vocation with a Real Priest with Father Dan Folwaczny

 

Listeners have been urging us to have a priest on the show for ages! We finally made it happen by asking Fr. Dan Folwaczny (who we discovered through his fantastic Twitter feed) to join us to discuss vocation.

Fr. Dan is associate pastor of St. Norbert/Our Lady of the Brook in the archdiocese of Chicago. He studied to be an astrophysicist so his story is literally that of a rocket scientist turned priest!

In this episode Fr. Dan shares the story of how God called him to be a priest. We talk about vocation, pursuing holiness without the anxiety of having to fit into boxes, things that surprised him about becoming a priest, and how lay people can support our priests in their vocations and vice versa. We also touch on ways families can encourage children to consider religious life.  We know you’re going to love Fr. Dan’s wisdom and sense of humor and end this episode wanting to send him gifts of mac n’ cheese! So grab a glass of iced tea  (it’s hot out there, folks!) and enjoy the conversation.

To connect with Fr. Dan:

Hear ye, hear ye!

Haley’s book coming out in September is available for pre-order and you can get 20% off if you use the code STEWART over at the publisher, Ave Maria Press’s site! So head on over to grab the deal.

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FoC 089: Willi Graf: Heroic Catholic Resistance in Nazi Germany with Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson

 


When we heard rumors that a cause for Willi Graf’s canonization might be opened, we knew we wanted to know more about this young Catholic student who participated in resistance against Nazism in Germany as part of The White Rose and met his death as a martyr. Then we found Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson who has been studying his life for over a decade! We’re thrilled she was willing to join us for this episode on the inspiring figures who heroically shared the truth about the Third Reich, risking their lives to do so.

Dr. Richards-Wilson is the Director of Graduate Business Programs at Alverno College. She wrote a dissertation on Willi Graf and is currently working on the first biography of Graf to be released in the English language.

In this episode Dr. Richards-Wilson shares the story of Willi Graf and The White Rose, the group of five students and one professor who resisted the Nazis. It is an incredible story! We also discuss the preparation for the cause for Graf’s canonization and how getting to know the saints and details about their lives and personalities helps us see them as human beings who struggle just as we do in their journey toward holiness. We touch on the timeliness of Graf’s story considering the recent resurgence of Nazi ideology, anti-semitism, and racism in our world. And we talk about the importance of sharing the stories of the inspiring and heroic figures when it’s easy to obsess over the perpetrators of horrific crimes. We think you’ll be fascinated by the story of Willi Graf and The White Rose, so grab a cup of tea and settle in!

Further reading on Willi Graf:

Faith Under Fire: Willi Graf and the White Rose, an article by Dr. Richards-Wilson

In this episode we talked about:

The Man in the High Castle

To connect with Dr. Richards-Wilson:

Our Sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by Sock Religious–a family-owned Catholic company creating saint-inspired socks to rock on your favorite feast days.

All Fountains of Carrots listeners can use code FOUNTAINS to receive 15% off their purchase! Grab your socks here.

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FoC 086: Living Out Your Creative Dreams to Love Your Family with Jennifer Fulwiler

Can women “have it all” when it comes to creative fulfillment and nurturing their families? Jennifer Fulwiler says “yes,” but redefines what it means to “have it all” in her new (fantastic!) memoir about pursuing her passion to write in the midst of having 6 babies in 8 years. We have wanted to have Jen on the podcast for ages and this topic is so dear to our hearts (and it’s why we spend time producing a podcast even though we have 8 kids and one on the way between us).

Our creative pursuits matter. God wired us all with certain passions and talents. But how do we nurture these talents without sacrificing our family’s wellbeing? That’s what this episode is all about: saying yes to live-giving creativity that empowers us to serve faithfully, and saying no to “mom guilt” for structuring our lives differently from other families.

You probably already know her, but for the two of you who don’t, Jennifer Fulwiler is a best-selling author, radio show host on SiriusXM The Catholic Channel, speaker, and force of nature. Her whole family of 8 is currently traveling up the eastern seaboard to promote her new book, One Beautiful Dream that releases TODAY!

Whether you’re married, a parent, or single, Jen’s insights in this episode about the Christian call to serve and how pursuing the dreams God gives us helps us live out that calling are for you. So grab your running shoes and headphones or (if you’re like us) grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this engaging conversation!

Jen’s books: (links to Amazon are affiliate links)

One Beautiful Dream

Something Other Than God

Links we discussed:

‘I regret having children’: Macleans

And Haley’s reflection on the article above: Is this why some women regret motherhood?

To connect with Jen:

 

 

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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.