Grace Elaine Brown

How to get $4000 Toward Your Education for Military Spouses

I’m taking a brief break from all of my usual blog posts (married life, mama stuff, the Catholic faith etc) to write a post for all of you military spouses out there. There’s this amazing program called MyCAA (My Career Advancement Account) that gives money ($4,000 to be exact) to military spouses toward a certification …

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3 Ways to Politely Suggest to Him Your Dream Engagement Ring

You’ve been dating for long enough to know–you want to commit to this guy until death do you part. The million-dollar question your friends have been asking for months: “When is he gonna propose??”  My husband, Caleb, and I only dated for about 10 months before we both knew we wanted to spend the rest …

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Fasting vs. Disciplines: Which One Is Which and How To Choose Your Fast Lent 2022

Lent is the liturgical season consisting of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to the solemnity of Easter. “Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:5) We imitate our Lord, Jesus Christ’s fasting in the desert by doing penance: fasting (reducing how much food we eat) and abstinence (giving up …

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Reader Question: Why Can’t A Catholic Spouse Receive Sacraments After Learning They’re Invalidly Married?

I’ve been helping a lot of folks to the best of my abilities in my DMs, comments, email, etc. So I figured I would share some of those answers with you! Question: Hi! My husband is Catholic, however, I am not, I am non-denominational. We recently got married in a small ceremony without a priest. …

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My 4-Months-In Thoughts on Vocation / Hobby Balance

This vocation/hobby balance thing is hard. I tend toward extremes in my life—either entirely melancholy and bored or super fired up and passionate for my hobbies and vocation. As you can probably imagine, this dichotomy makes for some pretty stressful times when Abigail is having a tough/tired day. It took me 4 months to realize …

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Singing “Christ the Fair Glory” for Michaelmas (and Other Fabulous Ways to celebrate This Feast of the Archangels)

Michaelmas (pronounced ‘mickel-mas’ [as in the Mass that celebrates Saint Michael]) is celebrated every year on September 29th. If your ordinary time Catholic feasting has taken a bit of a downturn–this is the perfect feast to get yourself back in the celebrating swing of things again before Advent! The namesake for this feast is Saint …

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23 Brilliant (And Mostly Clean) Catholic Date Night Movies [On Netflix September 2021]

It’s date night and you’re searching for a movie. The scroll through Netflix feels endless (you’re pretty sure this is what purgatory is like) and you haven’t seen a single movie that y’all—a Catholic couple trying to enjoy your one movie date night a week—would both enjoy watching. You scroll past the politically charged movies …

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