Sarah Gould

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Needs and Wants

When my husband and I were first married we lived on the outskirts of a pretty uppity community. Wednesday was trash day so Tuesday evenings we would drive around the neighbourhood, “shopping.” We picked up a wide array of furniture and décor in those days—the things that people were "donating" to the landfill were amazing: headboards, antiques, area rugs, bookshelves, and lots more. We pretty near furnished our whole apartment with found items and made a comfortable home for ourselves ... (Continue reading)

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Gift Guide: For the woman who is always busy

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I've been checking out gift guides lately. They range from the utterly ridiculous (for those who have everything) to the downright practical (for those who have nothing) and everything in between. So I didn't pause for a minute when our blog editor, Meaghen, suggested I come up with a gift list for the busy women in your life. Here's a short list of great gifts. Prayer and Devotion A Catholic Woman's Book of Days by Amy Welborn looks mighty lovely. I haven't read this, but it ... (Continue reading)

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Should women work?

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I’m pretty passionate when it comes to certain issues. In my (online) travels I get to read all sorts of articles and posts, but it’s really the off-balance treatises on femininity that get my blood boiling. I can’t stand writers who think they know it all, think they’ve got this world all figured out and can tell you exactly how God ... (Continue reading)

Faith and war

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Once I almost ran over a woman with my car. Years ago I was in a grocery store and a quiet, pretty lady about my age unknowingly took my cart. Our eyes met and she apologized. We both politely smiled and went on our way. We met again at the cashier—she was right behind me loading her groceries onto the conveyor belt. We caught each other’s eye again and smiled a bit bigger. I paid, left and went to my car ... (Continue reading)

Sugar and fat and carbs. Oh my!

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At a restaurant the other day, I couldn’t help but notice a couple beside us stuffing themselves silly with everything I love—fat, sugar, carbs, and alcohol. Not a veggie in sight. I think I stared at them for a bit (not being able to control myself), floored at the amount of food pounded back, and by the carbohydrat-ic calories consumed. Must be nice to be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, with no thought to gastrointestinal distress or ... (Continue reading)

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Expectations in marriage

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Shortly after I was married an acquaintance of mine (also married) wrote to say that marriage was much harder than she thought it would be. She was a romantic type and was of the mind that after they were married, her beloved would always think of her first, wouldn’t ever annoy her, and would keep up the same degree of affection and devotion that he showed her while they were dating. These friends are strong Catholics and devoted to one ... (Continue reading)

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Women set the standards for relationships.

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I have a secret shame and it’s called 19 Kids and Counting. I’m a big fan of the show. There is something so intriguing about the private life of a family with 19 children, and even more so now that the older daughters have started courting and marrying young gentlemen. I find myself waiting impatiently for the next episodes to come out because Jill’s courtship with Derick and Jessa’s with Ben are so adorably sweet. They side-hug. They go out on dates. ... (Continue reading)

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The Presence-Prayers of Children

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There’s been quite a bit of media coverage lately about kiddies at Mass. One parish’s idea had made the Facebook rounds a while back: the pastor had put an insert into every pew asking parishioners to be patient and loving towards kids, instead of disdainful and angry. Terri wrote a beautiful post on it the other day, and the mommy-bloggers have been sharing their tricks and triumphs when it comes to keeping their kids under wraps for one hour a week. So ... (Continue reading)

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Kissing Death on the Lips

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My husband’s granny passed away last week—suddenly, from a brain aneurism. She had her bath (she would be mortified I told you that) and went to her room. We are told that she laid herself down on the bed and never got up again. She was such a feisty woman I don’t think she could have passed any other way—no shilly-shallying around, she just up and died, God rest her soul. I am happy for her but I am sad for myself ... (Continue reading)

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Saints Joachim and Anne: Grandparents of Jesus

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Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, The couple honoured by God (as they are His kinsmen) They have borne for us the Maiden Who in a manner beyond understanding Gave birth to Him who though fleshless Became the incarnate to save the world With her they intercede for our souls (Russian Orthodox Troparion) This coming Saturday we celebrate the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, father and mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have always been intrigued by this couple, not only because ... (Continue reading)

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