FoC 016: The Soul’s Journey of Faith in Gilead and In This House of Brede

 

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Today we’re swapping more of our favourite books and discussing them together. This time we picked two books the other hadn’t yet read that were focused on the life of faith: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson and In This House of Brede by Rumer Gooden. Both books are beautiful examples of authentic, living faith and were rewarding to read and talk about.

           

 

We also talked about these other novels written by these two great authors:

Home by Marilynne Robinson

 

Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

 

Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy by Rumer Godden.

 

Kingfishers Catch Fire by Rumer Godden. (This is the title Christy completely forgot – but it’s actually a pretty unforgettable story!)

Have you read these books? Did they touch your heart as well? We’d love to hear what you thought of them or any of the other books written by these great writers!

 

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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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

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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.

 

Coming next week:

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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.

Coming next week:

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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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FOC 009: The World Needs Your Home: Restoring Beauty and Wonder with Leila Lawler

 

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It’s hard to choose a favorite episode, but this one just might be ours.   Listeners kept requesting a podcast with Leila Lawler and we thought it was a great idea. We can’t wait for you to get inspired by all the wisdom she has to share!

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Affectionately called Auntie Leila by the readers of her blog, Like Mother, Like Daughter, Leila Lawler co-authored the beautiful book The Little Oratory published by Sophia Institute Press. This episode is going to be a life-saver for anyone who desires to center their home in prayer and especially for young moms. Get ready to hear some practical and beautiful steps to draw us into a daily liturgy!

Leila’s lovely book:

The Little Oratory

We chat about restoring wonder and beauty in our homes to draw our families close to God and how our family traditions should reflect our families and not someone else’s. We talk about how we don’t have to do every liturgical activity/tradition and we don’t have to do them as well as so-and-so from Pinterest does them.

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We also discussed dealing with toddler tantrums and whiners and how more sleep, more food covers a multitude of toddler maladies as Auntie Leila writes in this post about whining whiners and how to cure them.

Find Auntie Leila…

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 008: Harriet Vane is Not A Floozie

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When we found out we hadn’t read some of each other’s favourite books of all time, we decided to fix that by reading them at the same time and then talk about them on the podcast! Christy read one of Haley’s favourites, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
while Haley was told to read Gaudy Night
by Dorothy L. Sayers. These two books may seem to be completely different, except that they are both really fun to talk about!

             

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is an intricate fantasy about magic in England at the beginning of the nineteenth century, while Gaudy Night is a detective novel set in Oxford during the 1930’s. We chat about feminism, marriage, and the intellectual life with Gaudy Night, then talk about magic, evil, and an alternate history of England with Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. This episode has a little of everything!

We also talk about how we find time to read, what works best for us, and how we find the books we read. We hope you’ll share your favourite reads with us too, and maybe inspire you to pick up a little fantasy or detective fiction!

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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FoC 007: Seasons of Marriage with Hallie Lord

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Hallie Lord is one of the loveliest bloggers around and if you’re married chances are you’ve read her inspiring posts on marriage at one time or another. Hallie is the author of two books and at least three blogs, a wife and mom to six with one on the way, a speaker, conference creator and planner, as well as a lovely lady with style for miles.

Today we have a great chat with Hallie about a gamut of things including blogging, how she met her husband, the seasons of marriage and what we can do to keep our marriages a priority as well as take care of our spouses, her spicy ebook, and her newest project The Edel Gathering. We really think you’re going to feel like you’re having coffee with Hallie, it’s a great conversation.

In this episode we talk about Hallie’s blogs. She currently writes at hallielord.com, but previously focused on marriage at the blog Moxie Wife. Her post which sparked a lot of discussion on how to spice up your sex life with your husband is entitled 15 Ways to Spice Up Your Marriage (Without 50 Shades of Grey).

Hallie’s books Style, Sex, and Substance: 10 Catholic Women Consider the Things that Really Matter and Spice Up Your Marriage: A 28-Day Adventure are great reads, pick them up if you can!

Follow Hallie:

Also, more tickets have become available for The Edel Gathering this summer, and you can check out the website for all the good info about this wonderful conference.

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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