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Blending Advent

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” ~ Matthew 1:23

Here we are in our first week of Advent! Our liturgical New Year has begun and we enter into a period of preparation for the birth of Christ. 

Advent Traditions

There are so many ways to celebrate and prepare in this time. Jesse trees and feast days, candles and devotions, every family and culture with their own unique traditions. Developing these traditions in your own home and with your own family, bringing the memories of your youth and experience and blending them with those of your spouse can be beautiful. But sometimes, especially when your traditions differ because you don’t share a faith, it can be difficult.


Captain isn’t Catholic, but thankfully our Advents growing up looked a lot alike. We both lit candles each Sunday of Advent and had our chocolates from the Advent calendars. We’d adorn our homes with lights and nativity sets and decorate Christmas trees whenever schedules allowed the whole family to participate. Christmas Eve we found ourselves at church singing carols and hearing about the angels and shepherds that first Christmas night and then open presents from Santa the next morning. 

St. Nicholas 

Something I love to celebrate that was not part of my husband’s traditions was St Nicholas’ Day. My parents had special stockings for each of us kids and we would find them on the morning of December 6th filled with candy, with a small gift and personalized ornament for each child. These ornaments would then be put on the tree with the all the ornaments of years past. I was so excited to continue this tradition on into my marriage, but since Captain didn’t grow up with this he didn’t understand the significance of the tradition. It was sad watching it go by for several years without the excitement of finding something in my stocking. But now that we have kids, I enjoy making sure my family always have something special on December 6th. 

What are some traditions you enjoyed as a child during the Advent season? What traditions do you enjoy now with your family? 


Summertime is special in my little world. Little Miss came into the world in the middle of it and it’s my birthday season, too. I also love that it’s less scheduled than the rest of the seasons (although, fall is my favorite).

This summer has been a whirlwind. While still absolutely less scheduled than our recent spring, we’ve had a lot of (good) things come up that mean exciting things for our family.

I’ve just realized, thiugh, that summer is winding down. We’re at the one month mark and back to school is looming.

Here’s how we’re going to usher summertime out with a bang!

1. The Great Denoy Cook-off: We love cooking and we love food shows (especially The Great British Baking Show), so Fridays will turn into family time in the kitchen cooking together, followed by eating while watching TGBBS.

2. Snuggle and Read: We’re using downtime to snuggle on the couch and read aloud as a family.

3. Play! We like dolls, lightsaber battles, and trips to the park.

What’s your end-of-summer recipe for memory-making?

FIAT: Faith in All Things Fireworks, Freedom, & Fun

Hello, hello! We’re officially heading into the long Fourth of July Weekend, so today on FIAT, we chat about fireworks, freedom, and fun!

Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we recount our cherished childhood Fourth memories, join us in prayer and remembering what we’re truly celebrating, and share in our current plans.

Grab a nice glass of iced tea or lemonade, don your red, white, and blue, and join us!

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Happy 4th!

FIAT: Faith in All Things Your Domestic Church

Today we continue our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture. This is Part II. You can listen to Part I: Quality Time here. Today’s topic is the domestic church.

The domestic church is the home. It’s what you do and how you teach your children the faith outside of church. Grab some tea or coffee, listen to our tips, and share your own in the comments!

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FIAT: Faith in All Things Dads in Our Lives

Dads are amazing. They pick you up when you fall, make you laugh with their hilarious jokes, are an endless supply of random facts, and give the best hugs. Dads are a rare breed of rules, fun, love, and protection. This weekend is Father’s Day, and in honor of that, we decided to take a pause from our podcast series on Building Your Family Culture and chat about the wonderful men in our lives that we’re lucky enough to know, in some capacity, as dad.

Mom’s tend to get a lot of press, a ton of emphasis in shows, and all the homemade school gifts. Dads tend to get left out a little. We’re a little mom-centric in the world. But let’s face it: moms and dads are different. They don’t do things the same way. And we need them both.

Moms vs. Dads
Yep. That’s about right.

So we say that dads deserve some love. Because here at Hail Marry, we are big daddy’s girls.

In fact, on Wednesday, Bridgette shared some of her dad’s sense of humor and dadvice. Earlier this month, we saw marriage through the eyes of Rachel’s dad. Previously, we’ve talked about how TV dads are portrayed as hapless usually, but not in the cases of The Goldbergs or This Is Us. In today’s podcast, we talk about the Cheerios Dad who is just…wonderful. You’ve got to check out this clip here (not our video).

So today, raise a glass to the dad’s you know and join us for a chat.

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Dads & Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to Captain, Superman, and the Scientist (as well as our dads)!!!