Michaelmas Daybook

by | Sep 30, 2019 | Angels, Daybook, Michaelmas, St. Michael | 12 comments

St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael from Naturally Catholic

Outside my window…
It snowed yesterday, last night, and is snowing again today… I’ve been told that this is not normal for up here in Northern Idaho and I’m hoping we have some warmer days ahead. I’m not ready for winter yet! The picture below is the view from some of our back windows looking out at the horse pastures. Our property ends at the white fence but we’ve been admiring all the fall colors on our neighbor’s beautiful trees!

I am thankful… 
My mom just had another MRI this past week and there has been no measurable growth on her acoustic neuroma tumor this past year which means she can continue to wait/watch and postpone brain surgery! Such wonderful news!! Deo Gratias!

I am thinking…
I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since we signed papers (October 1st), took possession (October 8th) and moved in (October 31st) to this home… and yet so much has changed!

Celebrating the liturgical year…
Michaelmas, St. Jerome, St. Therese, Holy Guardian Angels, St. Francis of Assisi
So many favorite feast days coming up this week!

From the kitchen…
our annual Michaelmas Cupcakes.

I am working…
on setting up my new laptop! My old laptop was starting to have problems, not to mention the hard drive had been completely full for the past year (I had to go through and sort/delete photos every time I wanted to try and upload more) so maybe now it will be a little easier to blog a little more often? We’ll see!

I am creating…
a list of posts that I’d like to go back and add eventually, starting with some recent sacraments and past birthday parties. This blog has always been a family scrapbook of sorts and our kids love going back and looking through the archives.  Bud isn’t happy that I’ve only blogged his first three (of seven) birthdays!

I am going…
out for a quick coffee date with Sean. We didn’t get to stay long since the coffee shop was closing in “seven minutes” but it worked out for the best since the baby was cranky by the time we got home. The girls mentioned that it happens to be National Coffee Day!


I am hoping…
to continue recovering from this postpartum depression and start feeling like myself again. I’ve been making some progress and doing a little better than I was a couple weeks ago. Did you know that wearing your baby may help alleviate postpartum depression? I’m not sure if it does or not, but the baby sure loves being tucked into my Moby Wrap.

Pondering these words…
from St. Frances de Sales:

“The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as He would desire. Offer up all such occasions to Him, and if sometimes you are put out, and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.”

I am praying…
for the soul of my mother-in-law, for Veronica Cools, for the Hatkes, and for so many others in need of prayer.

I am reading…
a chapter or two from Little House in the Big Woods to my little ones each night after we pray our family rosary. I had been neglecting reading aloud to them this past year and it’s nice to be doing it again.

One of my favorite things…
Captain’s Instagram stories, Ranger’s late night phone calls home, and our family group texting string! We are all counting the days until they come home for a visit.

Around the house… and a little peek at my day… 
I keep spotting St. Michael!

Illuminated Ink Archangel Blank Book from last month’s Saints Around the World Box

Just getting started… 
St. Michael Keepsake Box (one of Bud’s recent First Holy Communion Gifts from friends!) 
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who wander throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.


  1. Maggie

    I am so grateful to you for sharing for those words of St. Frances de Sales today. Thank you.

    2019-09-30 12:01:05

  2. Sarah

    I definitely needed those words from St. Francis after all the things I keep saying yes to. Part of me worries “if I don’t, who will?” But I know God has purposes and I’m giving it up to Him. I will pray for your continued recovery from PPD. God bless you, Jessica! 🥰

    2019-09-30 16:27:10

  3. Joan

    Thank you for this lovely post. Love the ArcAngels. Hope you are feeling better. Joan

    2019-09-30 18:34:41

  4. Dawn

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better and will continue to pray for you and your beautiful family. My family was on the Auriesville Pilgrimage this past weekend and I kept you in my prayer intentions along with Veronica Cools and the Hatke family as we all walked the 65 miles from the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament to The North American Shrine in Auriesville NY. It was great being with so many traditional Catholics. Thanks for all of your wonderful posts and helping us live our Church's liturgical calendar daily. Love the quote from St. Francis de Sales as well… I n need that constant reminder. God bless you all.

    2019-09-30 19:28:50

  5. Marion

    Nice hearing from you. The figures of the Angels are nice. You always make every holiday special. Prayers that you will feel better soon.

    2019-09-30 21:05:45

  6. Elizabeth Rubens

    I am a librarian and I LOVE Little House In The Big Woods and all the Little House books. They remind me of childhood and my copies my grandma bought for me from the bookstore. I was Laura Ingalls for Halloween one year. Right now I am reading my way through Nancy Drew and The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter

    2019-09-30 23:41:26

  7. Marilyn

    I always enjoy reading your posts. You always make them so interesting and special. Hope you are feeling better. God Bless you and your family. Marilyn

    2019-10-01 00:48:57

  8. Karen H

    Thank you for writing this post so full of good news. Praise God about your Mom! And you feeling a bit better! The encouragement from our Saints and your sweet family life, complete with stunning photographs, all that loveliness and hope just lifted my spirit and made my day. Bless you, I really needed that!

    2019-10-01 02:42:58

  9. Patricia

    I admire all the details added on each feast day. How do I store all the saint statues and mini wooden figures of saints for use through out the year? I am just starting a collection and was wondering how it's done in your home. Do you have any suggestions?

    2019-10-01 11:06:34

  10. Heather

    I was hoping that you would name your baby Elizabeth. We have nine children and the seventh, our 11 year old is named Elizabeth. She is all love, she never sasses, she helps everyone and always has a word of positive encouragement. God must have known we needed it. Six of our nine have my husband's genetic disease, so they have their little crosses that makes life a little more difficult. Your blog is a bright spot when I look online. God is good.

    2019-10-02 04:54:38

  11. Debbie

    Oh my you have such a beautiful Autumn view from your home. It is wonderful to see you posting again on your blog. You offer so much inspiration Jessica to your loyal readers. We know that you are very very busy with your wonderful children and it is my prayer that YOU especially are feeling much better. October begins a season of so many special Feast Days and you always celebrate the Liturgical Year so beautifully. Thank you for taking the time to share your celebrations.

    2019-10-05 18:47:54


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