Monday, June 12, 2017

Dear Readers, I'm Back!

How is everyone doing?  Thanks so much for the kind comments & well wishes I've received during the past few months.

So much has happened and it's made me sad to be unable to share it with you.  We have not had internet during our move.  But at least now you get the big update all at once (don't lie, we all know the only reason to read blogs anyway is to see baby pictures!!):

Henry Robert was born April 8.  He is named for St. Henry Walpole who was an English Jesuit martyr.  I don't usually remember a lot of details from my labors, but this time was more dramatic!  His heart rate kept dropping and when he was finally born we found the cord wrapped around his neck twice!  So during every contraction he was being squeezed along with his oxygen supply.  I had to be given pitocin to speed things up and because of that felt a little beat up.  I do clearly remember praying memorares and thanking God.

But he was born strong and healthy and is already getting big!

Henry's Baptism

People are saying he looks like me...can you see it?

We had our Rosary Rally for the 100 year anniversary of Fatima May 13, 2017!  It was a good turnout and some positive response.  Prayers and reparation are sorely needed for the world right now.

This man (Oliver) became a big brother and is doing really well, probably because he's a Daddy's boy anyway.  We discovered that he enjoys baseball when we went to a game recently.  He sat and watched the ball and clapped pretty much the whole time.  I've always loved baseball (which I get from my Dad) so that made me smile!

 And last but not least, we finally moved!  Our new house is beautiful.  My husband grew up in this house actually.  It is about two minutes from where he works so that's also pretty convenient.  For about the first week it was quite stressful not to know where anything was, but now I am beginning to relax and really enjoy the space and big yard.  We are in the country...but not too far from town.  And we actually have bedrooms for the kids and room to move around.  It's wonderful.  And I already made my husband replace the toilet and bathroom floor...after I moaned over it for a few days he called and said he bought a toilet.  I'm more than a little spoiled having a fix everything husband.  But now I'm perfectly happy...with just a few more projects in the works.

Maybe I will write a post on the new house soon!  If anyone wants to see pictures?  I know I always like to see people's houses.  And it is a subject quite appropriate for the Catholic Lady.  I will be back weekly too with Weekends In Feminine Dress, as soon as I find time to get some pictures.

That's all for now!

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

Here is a picture of what I wore yesterday, lots of green for St. Patrick since we're still celebrating along with St. Joseph!  Also, happy first day of Spring!  There is so much to look forward to- beautiful weather, getting outside, fresh foods and Easter!

I am going to try hard to get some better pictures this week to share on the blog.  I am wearing the same things over and over at this point but I can still try!  The girls have been enjoying their Spring clothes and I would love to post about the things we've found to be helpful to dress girls beautifully (mostly layering).


Skirt- Motherhood
Sweater- Ann Taylor LOFT
White Top- Old Navy Maternity
Scarf- Gift


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lady Day Pictures!

If you attended a special outing today March 8, 2017 to celebrate Lady Day, please share pictures of the event to Return to Order's facebook page!

Since most of the ladies who came to my Lady Day tea live far away from me, we met at a café in a central location.  With all the children and great conversation it was difficult to find time for pictures, but here are the few I (and my little sister) managed to snap between sips of tea and wiping off little faces!

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Special Guest, Beatrice!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

I'm back finally with some pictures for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  Beatrice wore this cheerful dress to Mass yesterday after I broke out a few of their Spring clothes last week.  We've had some days where the weather is in the 60's and then it will drop back down for a few days, only to get warmer again!

My husband was working all weekend so our son Thomas who is five took the photo of my outfit.  I think he did a pretty good job!  I have about 4 weeks left to go before the baby...I have little hope that he will come early since all my others were full term, but I'm ready whenever he is!

I am excited to visit with a few friends this Wednesday at our Lady Day outing!  If you haven't heard, it's a great opportunity to support the apostolate of Christian womanhood and counter the radical feminist Women's March movement

She removed a few layers when it got warmer, this is my typical way to keep the girls comfortable in quickly changing weather.


Dress- The Children's Place
Pink Cardigan- The Children's Place
White Shirt- Gap Kids
Boots- Hand-me-down


Sweater- LOFT
Skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Black Shirt- Great Expectations Maternity


Friday, March 3, 2017

Lady Day Press Release!

* Below is some more information about Lady Day for those interested.  Please post and share!*

Pro-Life Ladies Oppose Feminist 'Day Without Women'
Contact: Maria Ritchie, 717-309-1990

SPRING GROVE, Penn., March 2, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- "The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood" - Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Lady Day started as an idea posted on the Catholic Lady Blog by Colette Zimmerman.

She wanted to offer pro-life women an alternative to the March 8th general strike called "A Day Without Women," which urges women to stay home from work in support for radical causes like Planned Parenthood, abortion, and same-sex "marriage."

These are the same pro-abortion feminists who marched on Washington, DC in the shockingly vulgar March for Women.

Colette Zimmerman's post went viral, and a national event was born. It's called Lady Day.

Hundreds of small groups of pro-life ladies are gearing up to celebrate the purity and goodness of true womanhood on Wednesday on March 8th.

They plan to go to work in an especially ladylike manner, in elegant and modest dresses, to go out to tea with friends, and to do works of charity.

These inspirited ladies are rallying around the slogan: "Pure Goodness at Work."

Moriah Webinger from Chardon, OH comments: "What a wonderful idea! I have 15 women already signed up for tea - it is a treat really! We are also informing the local paper too."

"I want my daughters to be truly feminine; pure and good," said Brenda Asso a mother of nine from Lancaster, PA. "Abortion! Never! Don't even think about it. It's contrary to our maternal instinct," she said.

Marie Sallinger from Lafayette, LA says the idea of celebrating true womanhood is "inspired." She adds: "I understand the evils of feminism and want to do something about it. I have many good Christian lady friends. And I'm so happy to celebrate this day as a lady."

The prayers and the participation of hundreds of women in Lady Day aim to celebrate true womanhood, which in turn, fosters higher moral standards in society and among children.

For more information on Lady Day celebrations, please visit:

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Lady Day, March 8- "Pure Goodness At Work!"

“The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.”
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Social agitators -- the same who marched on Washington, DC last month in the much publicized and shockingly vulgar Women's March -- are at it again.

A Day Without Women general strike is planned for March 8, National Women's Day, asking women to stay home from work to show support for radical egalitarian feminism and harmful social causes like Planned Parenthood, abortion, and same-sex "marriage".

But how many women can really skip work?  What about mothers?  What about nurses or any woman who works in society to help others?  We can't skip work!  And furthermore, we don't want to.

Lady Day is a positive response, a day for us to celebrate God’s plan for women as pure and good.   In fact, the motto for this special day is “Pure Goodness at Work!”

"March 8, National Women's Day, asking women to stay home
from work to show support for radical egalitarian feminism."
Lady Day is dedicated to the most sublime lady ever: Mary Most Holy. In her motherhood, she has nurtured all human beings.

Our greatest dignity is, like Mary, to be what God designed us to be and our greatest happiness is in fulfilling God’s intention.  As St. Francis de Sales says, “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”  What are women meant to be?

Some are meant to be mothers, with a nurturing presence at home.  Others, not given the grace of natural motherhood, are privileged to be mothers in a spiritual sense, to nurture others by unfailing purity, goodness and selflessness.

“Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this; to be a mother?” -Cardinal Mindzenty

What can you do on Lady Day?

  1. Go out for tea with lady friends on March 8th.  Dress up in a modest, elegant way to celebrate femininity.  If someone asks why you're dressed up, be prepared to explain that Lady Day is a special day to appreciate how God made women, and embrace our God-given role in society.
  2. Post photos of your Lady Day outing on The Return To Order Facebook page and use the tag #ladyday.

This special outing to celebrate Lady Day and the photos will counter the divisive “A Day Without Women” strike.  It will have a good influence on our children and on society!  Will you join me?

Happy Lady Day!

* This article was published on Return To Order website!  Go visit now to find out how to restore our country and economy with an organic, Christian society. *

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: LONG OVERDUE!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

Yes I know it's been awhile, dear readers!  I am so sorry for neglecting The Catholic Lady Blog but life this past month has taken over yet again.  Between sickness and crazy weather and feeling exhausted, posting any pictures let alone taking them just hasn't happened...  But I'm back again with an even stronger resolution to keep this blog going!  I hope you are all well and I do think about you so often!

What has happened over this past month?

I've grown quite a bit larger!
(This is going to have to qualify for Weekend In Feminine Dress this week...sorry?)

Our floors are still dirty and our babies happy!

This ladybug turned 3!

He saved my life- or at least my sanity- multiple times, per usual!

We enjoyed a lovely (simple) dinner for St. Valentine's Day!  It's amazing how little it takes to get the children excited about a feast day.

Let me know how you all have been!  I will be back soon with some ideas to further the great apostolate of femininity!


Thursday, January 12, 2017


Dear Readers,

A faithful reader of The Catholic Lady Blog contacted me recently with a prayer request.  She has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is also expecting her forth child!  Please join me in praying for Marianna, for her peace and healing and for the safe delivery and health of her child.  I am sure she appreciates any prayer you have time to offer!  We are praying especially to Our Lady of La Leche.


Monday, January 9, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Cold Weather!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

This is what I wore yesterday to Mass and catechism class.  We've been taking the children to class this year for the first time and they all attend the Kindergarten class which is so good and very laid back so we fit in there fine!  They made a very cute Epiphany craft yesterday.  After Mass, we drove by the city's Christmas crèche which is the only replica in the world of the one at the Vatican.  It is very touching to witness a public display of Christmas like this.  My Dad actually works in the building outside of which it is displayed so I think that is very nice for him.  It was about 0 degrees here yesterday with the wind chill, so really, really cold!  If you follow National Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers won a big game yesterday (very big local news) and played in this weather!  I have no idea how they do that.

Anyway, my outfit was thrown together since I didn't have much time to get ready before 8AM Mass, but I think the coat made it much easier.  That's the benefit of winter, you can wear pretty much anything and throw on a nice coat and easily look put together!  I tried to dress the kids in layers to stay warm, but it was still freezing!

The Christmas crèche in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.
Photo taken from HERE


Coat- Thrifted (Merona brand)
Black Paisley Scarf- I think online a few years ago
Black Skirt- Motherhood
Boots- Franco Sarto


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Women Who Work

The mother has tremendous influence when she creates
an ambiance of good principles and family values!
(Painting by John Walters)
The family is the foundation of society.  Yet many people are not at home!  They are out trying to make a difference in the world, forgetting the power of the hand that rocks the cradle.

The socially destructive results of this individualistic, fast paced mentality are endless.  But certainly the greatest problems arise within the home: Who will do the housework?  Who will care for the babies?  Who will educate the children?  Who will cook the dinner?  Who will create an ambiance of warmth, comfort and love in the extra touches?  Who will have time to celebrate the special occasions like birthdays and feast days in a homemade way?

Is it possible that these things are not getting done?  Or at least, not being prioritized?  Is the tremendous vocation of motherhood going out of fashion?

There is no place for such a very Christian role as mother in a society that does not value Christianity.  Marriage, the pillar of family life is under tremendous assault.  It is marketed as a series of romantic good times where it is possible to take lots of pictures to be liked on social media.  This is not real life!  This dangerously superficial attitude destroys families and also takes away from the dignity of the respective work of mother and father.  Deprived of healthy families, many turn to online meetups to find a social life.  Local biking, jogging, workout, crafting, even dating groups are formed in this way.  This type of artificial meeting may be temporarily enjoyable.  But the bond of friendship includes good times AND bad times which is hard to accept for those who only signed up for the good.  After all, there is no greater love than sacrifice which is at the center of every successful family.  It is not until we put Heaven at the end of our quest for happiness that we will be content on earth.  And divine providence will step in to shape our lives.

Today's families must make an intentional investment in quality time spent together- an old-fashioned tonic for the soul.  Turn off all the electronics and bring out the conversation, stories and games!  The mother especially has tremendous influence when she creates an ambiance of good principles and family values.

It must be realized that some mothers encounter unimaginable sufferings in their vocation.  And possibly this is why they go away and get a job or are often out of the house.  Does it help to recall that the greater the difficulty, the greater the grace that is right there to assist you?  A wise mother once told me that when God sends what seems like unbearable suffering it is a call to come very close to Him, but the sad thing is that many of us turn away from God at these times and fall hard.  The merit of sacrifice is after all impossible without grace. 

I realized recently that the happier I am at home, the less I feel a need do online networks or go out places just to socialize.  Instead, most of our friends we just see during the course of our regular routine.  This might not be true for everyone.  I come from a large family and also have many supporting friends around me.   But my friend who is also a mother was the first to notice this and many others agree.

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