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FoC 020: The Art of Making Do with Molly Walter

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Today we’re talking to our great friend, Molly Walter: wife, mom, blogger, and maker of beautiful things. We discuss Molly’s inspiring attitude and approach to life as a mom who works outside the home, as well as how she and her husband decide how to make family life their first priority. We also touch on how she juggles keeping up her household, making her marriage a priority, as well as friendships and keeping up her hobbies and passions as a mom. So many great things get talked about in this episode, you’re going to find it a refreshing and relatable listen!

Some of Molly’s posts that talk about these topics:

All Laid Out: A Cross Section of an Employed Mother

The Motto of the Working Mother

The Sacrifice Myth

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Work

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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 019: Why We Love G.K. Chesterton with Michael Lichens

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Since we both love writer, poet, apologist, author and possible saint G.K. Chesterton we thought it’d be fun to devout a whole podcast to talk about him, his life, and his writings. We’re happy to have Michael Lichens here with us today who also happens to be a great fan of Chesterton. Michael is a wealth of Chestertonian knowledge and we try to cover all the major aspects of Chesterton’s writing, politics, and faith. But just as Chesterton himself covered a very broad spectrum of different topics in his writings, so too do we in today’s podcast episode – we even talk about British accents!

Chesterton’s books we discussed:

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Man Who Was Thursday

Orthodoxy

The Everlasting Man

The Ballad of the White Horse

The Ball and The Cross

Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Thomas Aquinas

What’s Wrong With the World

Father Brown: The Essential Tales 

The Autobiography of G.K. Chesterton

Eugenics and Other Evils

Tremendous Trifles

 

Michael’s recent article: Chesterton the Poet.

Christy’s post: Introduce Yourself to G.K. Chesterton.

The American Chesterton Society and Gilbert Magazine.

You can find Michael on Twitter. He is editor of Catholic Exchange where he also occasionally writes.  The Catholic Exchange Podcast can be found here.

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 018: The Challenges and Joys of Catholic Fatherhood with Brandon McGinley and Daniel Stewart

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We do a lot of talking about Catholic motherhood, but here’s an episode about Catholic fatherhood! We got to chat with Brandon McGinley, editor of the new book The Joys and Challenges of Family Life: Catholic Husbands and Fathers Speak Out and Haley’s husband, Daniel Stewart who contributed a chapter to the book.

We talk about everything from the difficulty men have finding community to being a spiritual leader in the home and NFP, so we cover a lot of ground!

You can pre-order Brandon’s book and it will be released April 18th!

Things we talked about today:

Why NFP is great for men, too

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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 017: Homeschooling, Wheelchairs, and Babies in Backyards with Rebecca Frech

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We have been wanting to chat with Rebecca Frech for ages! Rebecca is a Catholic mama with seven kids and the author of popular homeschooling book Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us. She blogs at Shoved to Them. She’s also beginning a new exciting endeavor in radio: The Visitation Project.

Homeschooling, insurance battles, Rebecca’s awesome daughter Ella, and community are a few of the things we cover–and we talk way longer than we meant to!

We highly recommend Teaching in Your Tiara. It’s the perfect read for anyone considering homeschooling.

Teaching in Your Tiara

Things we talked about today:

Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child’s Education

Rebecca’s post on homeschooling and Ella

The Visitation Project

Christy’s post: Homeschooling with a Bunch of Little Kids

To connect with Rebecca:

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 015: This Painful, Beautiful Life with Karen Edmisten

 

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We are so thrilled to have the wonderful Karen Edmisten with us on the show today talking about miscarriage, writing, marriage, conversion, books, homeschooling, and more. Karen is a writer and has authored several wonderful books. She’s also a wife, mother, and convert to Catholicism.

Karen has been one of our favorite bloggers for years, so getting to chat with her was a dream come true. You can check out her blog: Karen Edmisten.

We highly recommend all of Karen’s books including The Rosary: Keeping Company with Mary and Jesus, Through the Year with Mary: 365 ReflectionsAfter Miscarriage, and her latest Deathbed Conversions: Finding Faith at the Finish Line.

Things we talked about today:

Karen’s article: A Good Catholic Family

Elizabeth Ministry

What we’ve been reading:

Catholic by Choice by Richard Cole

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

A Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve Schaub

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden

Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Les Miserables by Victory Hugo

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

Lent and Easter Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Benedict

To connect with Karen:

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 014: Seeing the Sacred with Tyler Blanski

 

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Today we’re excited to have Tyler Blanski with us discussing the sacred and sacramental. Tyler is a writer and author of two books, a husband and father, as well as a youth minister who recently converted to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism.

We chat about his conversion, his family, the importance of a sacramental attitude towards everyday living, the themes of holiness and death in Kristin Lavransdatter, as well as the sacred role of mothers and family. We cover a lot of ground in this thought-provoking conversation.

Tyler’s books are entitled Mud and Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred and When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity.

       

 

Things we talked about today:

Tyler’s recent articles on Kristen Lavransdatter: Death in Kristen Lavransdatter and Kristen Lavransdatter and Your Nordic Medieval Catholic Heart.

Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberley Hahn.

Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting by Laura Kelly Fanucci.

Clan Donaldson recaps of The Walking Dead.

Haley’s post: Rob Bell’s “Tribe”, MacLaren’s Pub, and the Homeless Guy I Have (Almost) Nothing in Common With.

To connect with Tyler:

(Apparently he is on social media!)

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 013: Art and Inspiration with Heather Sleightholm

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As we’re both fans of her art, we thought it would be fun to talk with Heather Sleightholm, the artist behind Audrey Eclectic Folk Art.

In our conversation we talk about how Heather finds inspiration for her original work, her love of literature, New England, and Scandinavia, how she finds time as a mom to pursue her art, how she feels about running a business, how religious art is created, as well as her own faith and family.

Anne and Diana, Anne of Green Gables by Heather Sleightholm

 

It was a wonderful chat and so interesting to learn about the artist behind the art – we hope you enjoy it!

Books we mentioned:

To purchase Heather’s work please visit her Etsy shop, Audrey Eclectic Folk Art. She also blogs about art, faith, and her many interests, (as well as her beautiful home), at Audrey Eclectic.

To connect with Heather:

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 012: Embracing Your Mothering Style with Kathy Helgemo

 

 

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We are chatting motherhood and finding your parenting style today with Kathy Helgemo, author, blogger, wife, mom, and Catholic convert.

We loved Kathy’s book she co-authored with Melinda Means: Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family and asked her to share all about how she was inspired to write the book. She has so much wisdom to share, including the one thing you will never regret doing as a mother.

In this episode we discuss how as moms we expect to be able to do it all (but can’t) and how to ask for help and find mentors to encourage us in our vocation as mothers.

Moms Together is the Facebook mentoring community started by Kathy and her writing partner Melinda.

We also mention the idea of productivity and efficiency being words that simply don’t mesh with mothering small children which reminded us of Haley’s post about that:

I’m a Mother, Not the CEO of My Household

You can find Kathy:

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 011: Taking the “Womp, Womp” Out of Lent with Bonnie Engstrom

 

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We’re talking all things Lent today with our good friend Bonnie Engstrom, blogger at A Knotted Life. We talk about how we approach lent in general, simple ways to help our young kids learn about Lent, how to focus a bit more on prayer as a family, as well as fitting in confession when the kids should be in bed.

We cover a lot of ground while laughing a lot so we think this will help ease any Lent-stress you may be feeling as Ash Wednesday looms around the corner.

Some things we mentioned in today’s episode:

40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge at White House Black Shutters

Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids from Catholic Icing

Bonnie’s post on making a Stations of the Cross Box for kids

Bonnie’s Knot Bad video on getting ready for Lent

Haley’s post, Preparing for Lent

Haley’s post, Bury the Alleluia

Christy’s post on great books to read for Lent

Lent and Easter Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton: Daily Scripture and Prayers Together With G. K. Chesterton’s Own Words (Lent & Easter Wisdom)

Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen

You can find Bonnie:

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

This episode is brought to you by Holy Heroes.

And be sure to check out the fantastic Lent resources from this episode’s sponsor: Holy Heroes!  You can find  CDs, children’s books, coloring books, and the free Lenten Adventure and free Mass Prep at www.holyheroesfun.com.  And to get 10% off your purchase, just type in podcast10  into the coupon box at checkout to get your discount!

Coming next week:

 

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FoC 010: Off On A Whim of Faith – Online Ministry and Living a Missionary Life with Jenna Guizar

 

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In this episode we talk with Jenna Guizar, the founder of the scripture devotional site for Catholic women: Blessed Is She. We talk about how she felt called to begin this online ministry, how she took a step out in faith while joining together with other women, her journey through blogging, living a missionary life, and how she balances her work, home, and ministry.

If you haven’t already checked out Blessed is She head on over and sign up for the daily emails of scripture and devotions. You’ll love having this beautiful gift of scripture in your inbox! You can also join the regional groups to get connected with other Catholic women. Blessed Is She is also on Facebook, Instagram (with the hashtag #projectblessed), and Twitter.

 

Only One Thing, the 2015 Lenten Journal is for sale now and you can order for delivery before Ash Wednesday!

Where you can find Jenna:

We also mentioned Tsh’s recent podcast with The Blog Maven, you can find that podcast here.

 

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

Coming next week:

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