Tell us about yourself and your family
My husband and I both converted to Catholicism in our 20's. We are an eHarmony couple although I almost didn't give him a chance because he was Catholic and I was Protestant at the time! We've been married five years. We just recently moved to Boise, Idaho and we have three girls (Rose Mary, Poppy Grace and Violet Elizabeth.) Though most of our furniture is from Craigslist or hand-me-downs, we did buy this table new from Ikea. We wanted something dark so it could be really loved by our children and something big since we enjoy hosting people in our home. It seats 14 people when it's fully extended!
At home we don't eat much gluten, refined sugar or dairy. That is to say we're a mostly meat and veggies kind of family! We don't have a lot of rituals around dinnertime yet since Rose is only 4 but we're hoping it becomes a more important and special part of our day as the kids get older! My husband brews his own beer and cider. This time of year, we have a cinnamon apple cider that is amazing!
Here is one of our favorite Fall time recipes. We often make this for ourselves or for other families who just need some kindness in their life.
Share your family's favorite recipe:
How does your book/blog/project help "feed" people spiritually?
As a convert, I got to choose to fall in love with Catholicism and I fell hard! The more I eat at our Lord's table, the more I want to share this nourishment with others. Our faith is so rich and beautiful and filled with traditions. I call them tools. I like to help teach people to sharpen those tools. I especially share these ideas with Catholic moms who are struggling to prioritize their lives and find peace. Instead of letting the day run them over, I try to help them find peace through prayer, planning and pruning out things that aren't important!
You can read my ramblings at www.sterlingjaquith.com
You can watch my show Coffee & Pearls at https://www.youtube.com/user/sterlingjaquith
Check out my 31 Days to Become a Bible Reading Catholic program here.
I love to speak at retreats and conferences so please do suggest me to your parish if you'd like a really moving talk or workshop for Catholic women! I'll have you laughing with many jokes but I might also make you cry a little too. But that's what I love about Jesus; he's with us every step of the way no matter what we're feeling.
I'm going to be running an online workshop starting November 1st called Be Merry: Avoiding Depression and Anxiety During the Holidays. If you want to sign up to hear more about it, twinkle on over to here!
I'm a lonely stay-at-home mom so email me, tweet me, Facebook me. I'm a good listener and I will respond!
Share a Fun Fact about yourself or your family:
I have a degree in finance but after college I decided to be a dog trainer. I thought, "My dream job would be to get to play with puppies all day!" I ran a puppy academy out of my home for two years and although I fell in love with each and every fluff ball that came through my program... it turns out... it's mostly cleaning up poop and teaching the same five dog tricks over and over ;) Not quite the dream I had imagined.
So if you want any advice about your dog, shoot me an email. In the meantime, I use the same principles of positive reinforcement to train my children!
Share your family's favorite grace before meals prayer:
We rotate between three prayers so I can't say there's a favorite. One of them we sing and that is my daughter's favorite. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know that they have official names. I'll have to go research that immediately! But that's my style, never stop asking questions and never stop learning!
When you join us at our dinner table, ... you may not always enjoy the fanciest of meals but hopefully you'll have some good laughs and feel the warmth of Christ's light shining through our family!
Copyright 2015 Sterling Jaquith
Table photo copyright 2015 Sterling Jaquith. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Sterling Jay is a Catholic life coach. She is a wife and unschooling mom of 6 young children and lives in Boise, Idaho. She is a co-host of the Made For Greatness podcast. As an adult convert, she loves sharing her passion for the faith. She believes Catholic moms can change the world! Learn more at MadeForGreatness.co. See her books on Amazon!