Day 2 - {phfr} The Beauty of a Vocation

Linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter. Thank you for continuing to join us for our 40 days for vocations! I like joining up with Auntie Leila and her daughters on Thursday, to show some of the simple beauty of our life. So, as we go through our 40 days, we'll plan on devoting Thursdays to showing some of the simple beauty of vocations. 

I find so much beauty in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, but let's be honest - I have the best insight into my own vocation. (These pictures, by the way, were from a lovely family photo shoot that the incomparable Amy did for our family.)


Rather than sharing our wedding pictures, I'm devoting this post to what our marriage looks like now, with children. Each time I look at our daughters and see the love Andrew shows them, it makes me love him even more. I am so grateful for the gift of his fatherhood. 


Anyone who's followed this blog for a while probably knows that hyperemesis gravidarum makes pregnancy and childbearing extremely challenging for our family. Whenever I share my HG story with someone, and then follow it by telling them we're hoping to have a big family, the response is often, "You're willing to go through that again?!" I would. In a heartbeat. 

Therese's pregnancy was difficult, but I would say my HG was almost borderline severe at times, when I was pregnant with Maria (and then, of course, that pregnancy also resulted in kidney stones). But as unpleasant as all of that's worth five minutes with Maria. The joy that these two little loves bring Andrew and me every single day is worth every minute of suffering that was necessary to bring them in to the world. 

I often remember sitting in my pastor's office with Andrew during marriage prep, and having him ask us the formal question, "Will you welcome children?" And suddenly, in that moment, marriage felt real. Andrew and I were not just in love with each other - we were starting a family. Children add an entirely different depth to marriage. Whenever people in the secular world talk about waiting a few years to have children so they can "get to know each other" it baffles me. Having children has made us get to know each other in ways we never thought possible, and has helped our relationship to grow and mature. These little girls bring us such joy, and we sincerely hope that God sends us more when He sees fit!


I think the key for a happy marriage for us these days is being able to laugh. To laugh at ourselves, and to laugh with each other over the ridiculous antics of these little people. Laughter can make even the roughest moments bearable, because the laughter reminds us that we are in it together. It reminds us that we have a best friend to walk this journey to heaven with.  


Sometimes it feels like someone is always crying. But there is still so much love, and this man's hugs and kisses help me stay calm in the midst of the craziness.

I hope you'll join us tomorrow, as we continue our 40 days for vocations!

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (source)


  1. I love those packed-full bookshelves in the background! Yes, being able to laugh is so important. Blessings to you in your vocation!

  2. beautiful photos! I agree that laughter is such a help - I love that my kids are just getting old enough to make jokes and understand the jokes in the comics.

  3. You are so right about laughter. For my husband and me, it relieves so much tension and often prevents what might start out as a little "tiff" from escalating into more. Those are some beautiful photos of your family.

  4. What a great idea for a series! I love your photos.


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