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FoC 074: Open Heart Parenting on the Autism Spectrum with Carolyn Svellinger

Caring for children with special needs is a challenge that so many families face. We’ve been inspired by how artist Carolyn Svellinger has vulnerably shared about her family’s journey with one of their sons who has autism and really wanted her voice to be heard on the podcast. Carolyn is a mom of four boys (and one on the way!) with a lovely blog, Svellerella, and beautiful etsy shop.

In this episode Carolyn shares her story of discovering that her son Emmett had autism and how special needs parenting has expanded her heart and her understanding of what it means to be pro-life and honor the dignity of each person. We discuss how friends and relatives can support and encourage families with children on the spectrum as well as how Carolyn balances self-care and her creative work with her obligations to her family. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the conversation!

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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 073: What Makes a Good Mystery? A Discussion on G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Stories

 

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 the Father Brown stories by famous British Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton.  A longtime favorite of Christy’s, Father Brown was a new read to Haley. The central character, Father Brown, is an ordinary and humble Catholic priest with the ability to get to the heart of the matter and solve murder mysteries when everyone else is baffled. These classic detective short stories are full of charm and wit.

In our discussion we tackled some fun topics such as why we are drawn to mysteries and Chesterton’s take on detective fiction and how the character of Father Brown is a response to popular detective characters of the time like Sherlock Holmes. We also compared Chesterton’s tales to the recent Father Brown television series (and some of our other favorite murder mysteries).

We had a lot of fun chatting about this lovely read and we tried not to spoil the tales for you if you haven’t had a chance to pick them up yet. So grab yourself a basket of laundry or a cup of tea and enjoy!

Today’s book:

(This post contains Amazon affiliate links.)

Father Brown: The Essential Tales

Other books we talked about:

G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense by Dale Ahlquist

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

In this episode:

A Defense of Detective Stories by G.K. Chesterton

Father Brown (also streaming on Netflix)

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Sherlock

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Luther

And check out our previous book episodes!

We’ll definitely be chatting more about Father Brown in our Facebook group so be sure to join in over there!

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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.

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FoC 070: Uncharted Territory: Getting Real About Natural Family Planning with Jenny Uebbing

Well, folks, it seems like whenever we have Jenny Uebbing on the show we always talk about sex. We’re teasing her that it’s just her brand now. Jenny is a mom of four (with one on the way!) living in Colorado. She is the voice behind the popular blog Mama Needs Coffee where she isn’t afraid to get into the nitty gritty of topics like NFP.

Today we are getting into some real talk about natural family planning: what it looks like in real life, how the Church can better support couples, and why we should be honest about the ups and downs of our experiences with it. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the conversation!

Links discussed in this episode:

Jenny’s posts:

Christy’s NFP talk

Haley’s post about how NFP should be a part of parish life

The last time Jenny was on the podcast

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This episode is brought to you by a new shop, Rose Harrington (formerly known as Hatch Prints), opening on July 13th, the Feast of the Mystical Rose!  The aim of this lovely shop is to have your walls call you to heroic virtue and to bring beauty to your home.

 

There’s a beautiful new collection called Botanical Rosaries that contains botanical watercolor paintings of flowers that historically represent the mysteries of the rosary.
All of the artwork and hand lettering are done by Katrina Harrington, the watercolor artist behind the shop and is inspired by the saints and historical botanical Christian meanings.

 

All the Hatch Prints inventory (including the popular Morning Offering, Offer It Up, and Fiat mugs are still available and are all made in the USA, dishwasher safe and microwave safe.

 

Head over to the podcast’s facebook group to enter a Rose Harrington giveaway for two mugs and a lovely print!

 

And don’t forget that we’ve chosen our next FoC book club pick: Father Brown: The Essential Tales

Grab yourself a copy and join us for an end of the summer episode of discussion!

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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.

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FoC 066: Love Multiplied — Four Times with Justina Kopp

 

 

After Haley met Justina Kopp at a recent gathering for Catholic bloggers, we knew we had to have her on the show for this episode airing just before Mother’s Day. Justina lives in Minnesota, blogs at Love Multiplied, and is a Catholic wife and mom to….wait for it….quadruplets!

In this episode Justina shares all about discovering she was pregnant with quads, her pregnancy, birth, and surviving her first six months as a mother to four sweet babies. We also discuss issues in maternal care, support for moms in stressful circumstances, and more. It was such a treat to talk to Justina and hear her absolutely crazy story!  So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Links to what we mentioned in today’s episode:

Sancta Nomina’s baby name consultation post for the quads

Justina’s book recommendation for moms of multiples:

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads

Connect with Justina:

 

And a huge thanks to this episode’s sponsor: Sister Moon Graphics, a Catholic card company.

Their online shop provides both greeting cards and blank correspondence cards for all seasons of the liturgical year!  The designs are inspired by traditional Medieval illuminated manuscript, and seek to bring the beautiful dignity of the Christian faith to all who receive them. Cards are sold individually as greeting cards and blank correspondence cards, and also as sets of six. Through May 31, Fountains of Carrots listeners can receive 20% off their order with the coupon code “fountains” at check-out. Head on over to visit sistermoongraphics.com!

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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.

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FoC 057: From Catholic Single Life to the Altar: Relationship Wisdom with Christina Grace Dehan

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When we realized it had been awhile since we’d recorded an episode that focused on Catholic single life, we knew Christina Grace Dehan was the right person to chat with! We’ve been following Christina  over at her blog The Evangelista for ages. She writes about everything from fashion to Pope Benedict XVI and has been beautifully open about the challenges of Catholic single life and vulnerable about her journey to the altar.

Christina is a speaker, writer, and former high school Theology teacher who resides in central Texas and Haley is so glad they’re neighbors now! She writes at her blog and for other sites about personal growth, relationships, the benefits of therapy, and faith. And for the past couple of months she’s been very busy with wedding plans for her Christmastide wedding!

In this episode we talk about the challenges that Catholic single folks face in modern life (particularly the womenfolk), how to encourage and support single friends, and how to prepare for seasons like engagement and marriage. We chat Catholic weddings and Christina also shares her dating and engagement story with us and it is NOT to be missed. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Links for this episode:

Christina’s post: My Engagement Is Not a Fairy Tale

How to connect with Christina:

 

 

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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 055: Why We Love Flannery O’Connor And You Should Too

 

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We’ve had several questions lately about 20th century Catholic writer, Flannery O’Connor in the Facebook group. And since we share a deep and enduring love for Flannery, it wasn’t hard to convince us that she deserved her very own episode.

In this conversation we discussed why we love Flannery, tips for where to start if you’re unfamiliar with her works, some typical reactions when reading her for the first time,  why she inspires us so, and whether we think there’s any chance she’ll ever become St. Flannery of Milledgeville.

So grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of sweet tea if you want to really dive deep into Flannery’s world) and enjoy!

Books we talked about in this episode:

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O’Connor

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South by Ralph Wood

The article that mentions the Flannery documentary film: Flannery O’Connor’s Genius and Grace: William Doino, Jr. for First Things

Haley’s post, 10 Things I Love About Flannery O’Connor

Christy’s post, Will We Read Blogs in 50 Years Like We Read Flannery O’Connor’s Letters

Christy’s post, Milledgeville Pilgrimage or; The Fountains of Carrots Roadtrip

Today’s episode is sponsored by audible.com, head on over for a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial at audibletrial.com/FountainsofCarrots .

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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.

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FoC 054: Finding the Face of Mary and the Saints with Kristyn Brown

 

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This episode is sponsored by our friends at CheruBalm.

A few months ago, we happened upon Kristyn Brown’s amazing Saints Project when scrolling through Instagram and we were hooked. We knew we wanted to share her work with you and get a behind the scenes look at the project.

Kristyn is a wife, mama, and a photographer who was inspired to start photographing people to portray different saints. In this episode she shares the story of how the project began, how she chooses which saints to portray (as well as the faces to photograph), and how this creative project has brought her into closer friendships with the saints.

Part way through the interview, Christy realized that this episode would air on All Saints Day! We call that positively providential!

We loved talking to Kristyn about our favorite saints and how they’ve entered our lives and helped us in our journey of faith. We know you’ll love getting to know Kristyn (and the saints she brings to life in her photographs) in this episode, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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This episode is generously sponsored by CheruBalm, a lovely little Catholic company that makes handmade chrism-scented baby balm out of natural ingredients safe for sensitive skin. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling a newly baptized baby’s forehead, you know how good that chrism scent smells! These lovely tubes of baby balm are perfect for stocking gifts, baptismal gifts, or baby shower gifts.

And CheruBalm has generously offered Fountains of Carrots listeners a lovely 20% off discount code! Just head over to the FoC discount page to grab your code and enjoy some swoonworthy scents for baby’s skin.

(And psst! Haley’s running a CheruBalm giveaway this week, so you can head over there to enter and four lucky winners will receive some chrism-scented balm.)

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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 051: Life in the Time of Grief and Twitter with Tommy Tighe

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We’ve wanted to have Tommy Tighe on the show ever since Haley’s family met the Tighes on their road trip around the country last summer.

Tommy is a husband, father, and marriage and family therapist in the Bay area. He writes for CatholicMom.com and Aleteia and co-hosts the Catholic Hipster Podcast with Sarah Vabulas. He is also king of Catholic Twitter (did you even know there’s such a thing?). His Catholic hipster book will be published by Ave Maria Press Fall 2017.

We don’t remember an episode where we’ve laughed so hard as we did with Tommy. We cover Haley’s composting toilet, what the heck Canadians dip their french fries in, and the insanity of social media. But the conversation does get very serious when we discuss the death of Tommy’s newborn son, Luke, this past spring. Tommy was willing to share about the pain his family has been experiencing and how we all can do better to support families experiencing grief or crisis. He has some great wisdom to share about how to show up for your friends when they’re suffering and what to say and what not to say.

We loved talking with Tommy we think this episode is going to be helpful and inspiring. It’s a great episode, so grab some coffee and listen in!

Tommy’s article:  A Letter to the Lady Annoyed by my Kids at Mass

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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 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:

Come hang out with us!

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 027: Navigating Social Media as a Parent and a Blogger with Kendra Tierney

 

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We are thrilled that we get to share this awesome episode featuring our friend Kendra Tierney. Kendra is the author of A Little Book About Confession for Children and the voice behind the wildly popular blog Catholic All Year. She is also homeschooling mom extraordinaire and is about to welcome her eighth baby to their home in sunny California!

We had a great conversation about how to use social media, avoid Instagram envy, respect our kids’ privacy, and protect our children from inappropriate content on the internet. Kendra also shared some great tips for aspiring bloggers!

Related post to what we talked about today:

Haley’s post on Instagram Envy.

Kendra’s post about what she loves to see on a blog.

 

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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.