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Ashes: On Lent and Raising Confessional Children


Today is Ash Wednesday: the day that signifies the beginning of the season of Lent in Catholic and confessional Protestant churches. Many will attend Mass or church services where they will receive ashen crosses upon their foreheads, among the other essential elements of the Divine Service: the Word and Sacrament. Tonight, Josh and I will…

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Montessori at Home: Toddlers at the Table

Transitioning from high chair to the dinner table was simply something I’d never considered as Paisley grew and graduated from milkies to solids and purees to full-blown meals. One recent morning we sat Paisley down to breakfast in her high chair in the kitchen, set to preparing our coffee and meals to take along to…

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Books for One-Year-Olds: Our Favorites

Well, it’s certainly been a while since we updated this section of our site. Don’t worry, we’ve been reading here at Casa Rystedt! Tons, actually. Since becoming mobile, Paisley has developed an insatiable appetite for finding books and roping Josh or me into reading them to her. She also loves to pull apart her bookshelf…