Our Blessed Brunch (& How to Host Your Own)

Our Blessed Brunch (& How to Host Your Own)

Last weekend, I hosted my very first Blessed Brunch! Blessed Brunches are such an easy and beautiful way to bring other Catholic women in my community together through Blessed is She, so I wanted to share a little bit about what ours looked like and ideas for how you can host your own! 

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Like Butter Scraped Across Too Much Bread

Like Butter Scraped Across Too Much Bread

After carrying it as his own for sixty years, Bilbo has felt the weight and the slow-changing power of the One Ring. As he celebrates his Eleventy-first birthday, he has not aged visibly since he was fifty -- an effect of the Ring that leaves his friends and relatives puzzled (and envious).

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Discovering the Sacraments in Middle-Earth: Boromir's Confession

Discovering the Sacraments in Middle-Earth: Boromir's Confession

Boromir confesses that he tried to take the Ring from Frodo and as atonement, he has defended the hobbits against the Orcs soldiers. Although he fought valiantly, he was unable to overcome against their strength and number, and the hobbits have been taken captive by the Orcs…

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Book Review: The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth by Philip Ryken

Book Review: The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth by Philip Ryken

In The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth, Philip Ryken reflects on the three-fold offices of Christ as Priest, Prophet, and King as they are echoed in the characters of Gandalf, Frodo (and Sam), and Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. The book is comprised of three lectures given by Ryken, as well as a response to each lecture.

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Look to Him and Be Radiant

Katie's blog, Look to Him and Be Radiant, has been a source of inspiration and encouragement in the past few years as we've begun learning about and experiencing the richness of our Catholic faith.  I've found so many ideas for projects and ways to incorporate our faith into our home and family life through both her blog and Instagram feed! 

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Growing in Hobbit-ness & Holiness with Our LOTR Companion Journals

Last April, as our book club was reading The Fellowship of the Ring and preparing to begin The Two Towers, I began writing a companion journal to accompany and enrich our discussion as we journeyed through Tolkien's world together. Since then, we've released a journal for The Two Towers as well as one for The Return of the King, and today we're finally launching the Pre-Sale of our Fellowship of the Ring Journal! (How awkward to have done things out of order, but now we're all good!)  

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Say Hello to the First Catholic Journaling Bible ( + a Giveaway!)

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I've held this Bible in my hands for only three days now, but I'm already beginning to see my heart changing because of it. Its lined pages offer an invitation to dive deeper into God's word, to meditate on Scripture as I strive to create something beautiful for Him by writing out his love letter to me. 

Its beautifully lettered quotes throughout draw my attention as I flip through, illuminating verses I hadn't even known I was missing. The attention to detail, the importance placed on quality, and all of the heart that was so plainly put into the creation of this Bible is so evident. I can't help but stand in awe of it, a feeling I find so fitting as I hold in my hands The Word of God. 

 here's how the back side of the page looks afterwards  

here's how the back side of the page looks afterwards  

So far, I've used a mechanical pencil and these Sharpie pens, which didn't bleed onto the page beneath and are one of my favorites to write with anyway. I also tucked a sheet of paper in between the pages I was writing on, just to be safe. The pages are a little thin but they feel similar to the ESV Journaling Bible I used to use. 

I am so excited to introduce you to this, the first Catholic Journaling Bible by Blessed is She + Our Sunday Visitor, and I want to share it with you. I'm giving away one copy to one of you, and I can't wait to see how God will use it in your life. You can enter using the Gleam widget below. 

Tea with Tolkien Christmas Gift Guide: Etsy Edition

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Now that we're settling into November, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Tolkienian finds on Etsy! I know it's early for many of you to be thinking about Christmas shopping, but due to the handmade nature of Etsy it's always best to place your orders early in the season since some of these items are made-to-order. I hope you'll be inspired & hopefully find a few new favorite small shops! 

Top: Lord of the Rings Blanket by Sweet SequelsElvish Copper Leaf Necklace by Shire Post Mint / Gandalf Quote by Daffodils & Ink / Aragorn + Arwen Mug Set by Goldberry's Hall 

Bottom: Watercolor Middle-Earth Map by Studio Senn / Rivendell Travel Print by Dream Machine Prints / Albion Tea Company "Lothlorien Chai" Blend  / Longbottom Leaf Candle by NerdWicksTrees of Valinor Necklace by JessyHerc /  "The Shire" Throw Pillow by Sweet Sequels 

Bonus ideas: 

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