Hi there! So glad you stopped by! Let me tell you a little about myself and why I started this blog, Finer Femininity.
I am a Catholic wife and mother. I have been married to my husband, Vincent, for over 30 years and we have eleven children and 39 grandchildren…and growing!
We are a lively bunch….intense, you could call us. 🙂
For myself, besides my passion for my family, I am focused and zealous about what I do here. My goal is to help women return to the Sense of the Sacred….in every facet of life!
When I was young, I wanted to become a wife and have several children. It was my dream. I wanted to raise children, to have a great influence on them!
I needed tools, though. So I rolled up my sleeves and began to read. Books have formed me; they are my mentors, my friends. And I didn’t read just anything. I read books that spoke of an old-fashioned goodness and wholesomeness….Books written by great authors of old, by saints, by parents who were successful, wives who had good relationships, mothers who had been there, done that.
I am here to share with you these tidbits that I learned from….Morsels that will help you and your loved ones keep on that path that is grounded in that Sense of the Sacred, in every walk of your journey.
In many ways, Our Catholic Church, our society and our families have lost this sense, this reverence. We need to get back to where our families are once again venerating Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, where the liturgy is lived inside the home, where couples are reverencing each other, children are respecting their parents…and women are cherishing and realizing their incredible role in bringing this “Sense of the Sacred” back to our homes!
This blog is like an “online magazine” where articles are shared from, mostly, guest writers that have long since gone to their eternal home….Writers who have paved the way and shared, in their books, how we, too, can have success in that very important role of wife and mother.
I put my two cents in here and there, too, and I have some wonderful friends who write an article or two on their line of expertise…..women who I consider feminine heroines in their homes!
Let us work towards being “old-fashioned” not archaic, prudent, not prudish and thoroughly and fully joyful, traditional, feminine Catholic women!
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Somewhere between the kitchen and the laundry room said:
Through the distance school’s forum I have learned from you and your wisdom! (Namely the Ten Rules for Being Happy Parents, by Fr. Raoul Plus.) Thank you for sending this blog and I look forward to many more posts. By the way, I cannot get over the gorgeous dresses your daughters are wearing! What a beautiful wedding dress, too – something that young lady will be proud to display for her entire life, unlike those of us who chose wrongly-cut dresses and didn’t have any guidance in that department. :/
God bless all your efforts!
Thank you for your comment and the reminder about the Ten Rules! I will post those some time. They are very helpful and encouraging! Father Plus is amazing!
Claire Allen said:
What a BEAUTIFUL post. It’s truly rare to find blogs, and families, like this. May Our Lady keep you all safely under Her Mantle on life’s journey! ~ Claire
Thank you so much for your kind words,Claire! 🙂
So very glad to have stumbled across your blog. What gems I’ve read here! Keep up the good work.
God bless you,
Thank you Christine! It’s good to have you here!
Hi, I have a surprise for you at:
If perhaps awards are not your style, it’s ok because I do understand- just a token of appreciation for your wonderful work.
thank you so much for this blog I have enjoyed reading the articles and read them all the time its nice to finally see at least one woman understand men when so many do not. Honestly for young guys in my generation…25 years old etc. It is almost impossible to find a good Catholic woman that is worth pursuing. Women just dont get it. I just read the articles on respect, placing the man first etc. I honestly was questioning whether I was wrong to feel as I do, but your article basically confirmed everything I was thinking. Know any girls around 25 that think like the articles you write? lol. 🙂 Ohh yes I also viewed the article on modesty well skimmed that one but was impressed with that one as well. You mention the word modesty and most girls are like…whats that? I am curious though. This website is basically designed for women….Are there any that you know of that are designed for men? How a man is to treat his wife etc?
Hi there Justin! Nice to have you here and thanks for your comment!
A great Catholic website for men is the Catholic Gentleman. I just ran across this article from him on 5 Ways to Love your Wife….http://www.catholicgentleman.net/2014/05/5-ways-to-love-your-wife/
I feel for the good guys. It IS hard to find a woman who is willing to do what it takes to make a traditional marriage work. My father-in-law finally went to the priest at 29 years of age and asked how he was supposed to meet a good woman. The priest told him to keep praying and God would open the door. Well, my FIL went to fix a door (he was a handy man) at a residence where their children were being babysat by….a young lady who would one day be my mother-in-law! So keep praying….
It is just as important for the man to learn how to become a better husband so you will be blessed for being willing to read articles, even before you find the right one, on how to treat your wife. There are many good books out there, too.
Hi Leane. I love checking in on your blog and seeing how you are doing. Sorry to read about your dad passing away. Hope your mom is doing ok. Tell her I said hi. She must be very proud of you. You continue to amaze me. Can you send me your email sometime. Glenda from saskatcgewan
Thank you, Glenda! So good to hear from you! Mom is doing fairly well. Thank you. 🙂 My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you. 🙂 Hope all is well up in the Great White North!
HI…just ran across this blog through the Cascio family situation. Can you tell me who the artist who did the painting with the 2 women? Thanks!
Wish you were in MT…limited traditional Catholic thinking in this diocese. 🙁
Hello Yirsa,I remember looking for the source of the picture and couldn’t find it. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂
Eugenia Doucette said:
Love your site LeeAnne! The rosary bracelet is beautiful! Count me in the hat!
A beautiful blog for every christian women who really strives to be holy.and the write up’s are really amazing,inspiring.I am from India and this is one blog i accidentally came to know and now i am frequent visitor of this.One suggestion please try to add up more of youth based articles.
Is your brother in law Father Angelo? If so he married my husband and I. I still email him.
My friend told me about you so I have read some of your articles and I’m inspired.
God bless you for your good work.
Hope to stay in touch
Hello Melanie, Yes, Father VanderPutten is my brother-in-law. Thank you for your kind words and I am glad you have found some inspiration here. 🙂
I’ll love to link your site to my blog
I can’t seem to find your email address. I’d like to talk with you about making some of your publications available for Kindles.
Hi Lynne, here it is: email@example.com
Holy Family Mother's Group said:
Hello Leane! I came across your blog through a friend of mine at our Parish mom’s group. May I post a link to your blog on our mom’s group site? We are a group of moms at Holy Family Parish (FSSP) in Vancouver, BC, Canada hoping to learn the feminine virtures and to grow in holiness. God bless you and your work for Our Good Lord! Sincerely, Maia 🙂
Yes, Maia, I am always happy when someone shares my link so we can grow together as Femininely Joyful Catholic women! Thank you! 🙂
karyn sweet said:
I love your daughters’ dresses, especially the one with the red trim. Where do you buy their clothes or do you sew? I have the hardest time finding modest clothes for my girls.
Hi Karyn, Some sewing is done, the girls frequent the thrift shops and some is given to us. There are a lot of good sites online, too. You might want to visit the “Dressing With Dignity” Facebook group and ask questions there. These ladies are really up on this kind of thing.
I always love your blog! It is a great service that you have made all of these treasures available online and “Google-able” (if that’s a word). I didn’t realize that you were in rural Kansas. I live in a little house on the Colorado prairie, not terribly far from Burlington/ Goodland. I was wondering if we were neighbors. Keep up the good work with all of these treasures.
Hello Laura in the Little House on the Prairie! Nice to hear from you. We are in Northeast Kansas. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to write. 🙂
Thank you SO much for your blog. We recently ordered Catholic Mother Goose for our 1-yr old and we are so impressed! What a gift to have something like this to teach our child/children…we find there are so many secular resources but difficult to find good faithful resources that help us teach our children even this young about God and the Church. I’m wondering – do you have any suggestions on other resources that are good for toddlers into pre-K? We would be so grateful! Thank you again, and God bless you, your work with the blog and your beautiful family.
HI Nicole, I jut ran across a lovely app called “Catholic Kids”. It has so many good stories that your kids can listen to…..good old Catholic stories that my kids grew up with. I was thrilled when I found it! Here’s the link for Androids: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.catholicmp3vault.catholickids.free&hl=en
For Iphones: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audio-catholic-kids/id763531536?mt=8
Thank you for your kind words about Catholic Mother Goose! I really appreciate it! Maybe you wouldn’t mind giving a review on Amazon? It really helps. 🙂
Thank you so much for this wonderful website! It has been a great blessing to me in many ways. God bless you and your family!
Thank you and God bless you for your work. I am always encouraged, uplifted and inspires to deeper faith and love from your posts. You are welcome balm of true and Godly feminism especially to other Tradiitional minded Catholic families like mine. God bless you and keep you my friend. 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️Please keep up the good and holy work you do.
Thank you kindly for taking the time to write an encouraging note to me, Chris! May God bless your family! <3
I just wanted to tell you that I love and enjoy your posts. I learned that you make rosaries, and I checked out your site! Absolutely stunning! I posted your link on Facebook, and I will pass on to my friends:-)
Love and blessings,
Thank you Bernadette! 😊
Hi Leane, thank you so much for your beautiful work! I can’t tell you how it has blessed me. I would love your help finding a book that is geared towards the husband and father; especially, how a husband should treat his wife. A dear friend is engaged to a man who, I worry, will abuse the submissive wife. Do you know of any good books I can send his way? Thank you again!
HI Nicole, A good book is Love and Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs. It is written for husband and wife, each one to read his or her section (and not read the other spouse’s part). It is balanced and good.
Another one is Courtship After Marriage: Romance Can Last a Lifetime by Zig Ziglar.
Both of these books are written by Christian men…not Catholic.
They are good if he can overlook that part.
If I think of any others I will let you know.
Monika Berger said:
Dear Leane, I write to you from Austria. Father Angelo has recommended your page to my daughter and me. and he wants me to do as you do: Write a blog for women …
this is why I contact you. I like your postings very much and so I would like to translate some of them into German for my blog. Do permit that?
God bless you and your work!
Monika Berger, Linz, Austria
I sent you an email Monika. 😊
Monika Berger said:
Thank you very much! God bless you!
Marie M said:
Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me and other mamas who need all the guidance–sound, truly Catholic advice!–they can get!
A few posts ago (I think) you referenced a homemaking book that I believe was from the 1940s/50s…does that sound familiar? Do you have any idea what that might be? I’m interested in trying to find a copy. TIA!
May God bless you and yours!
What city do you live in. I would love to have coffee with you and learn to make rosaries and crochet so that I could teach my children.
Hello! Thanks for your lovely blog! I have just recently found it. I wondered if you could direct me to an article that I cannot find again; it mentions that young women should not use a priest as a spiritual director, but choose a woman instead, so that the natural “jealousy” of the husband will not be aroused. If you could provide a link to this article, I would greatly appreciate it.
Hello Beth, I think it is OK, with discernment, to have a spiritual director that is a priest. That’s usually the normal way. How much and how often we share with him would be a question. The wise priest will guide this relationship…
Mary Vu (O.F.S.) Order Fr said:
Thank you and God Bless you for this blog. This is an answer to my prayer.
Mary Vu (O.F.S.) Order Franciscan Secular said:
Do you have a resource for Modest Clothing for boys and girls, men and women of all ages?
Thank you very much Mrs Leanne for your blog to aid ladies return to tradition and True femininity. May God and his most holy mother reward you.
(I tried posting this comment a moment ago but I don’t see it. I had copied it before posting it in case it didn’t go since I had to sign in, then tried reposting it. When I tried to do so again it said it is a duplicate comment. If it’s here somewhere and I am missing it, please feel free to delete this comment…)
I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and absolutely love it. I hope it’s ok if I make a request for a post about something that would be extremely helpful:
Trying to find maternity clothing that is pretty, modest, comfortable / practical for everyday wear, and that fits all throughout pregnancy is extremely difficult. I only found a few items during my last pregnancy so I suffered through it clothing wise by wearing my regular clothes as long as I could, wearing my husband’s shirts for a while, wearing my work-issued maternity scrubs even at home, and finally wearing the same couple of frumpy outfits all the time. Now that I’m in the beginning of another pregnancy, I’m trying desperately to find more and better maternity clothing, but I’m not having any luck.
Every time there’s a photo on your blog of one of your daughters or daughters-in-law while being pregnant they are always wearing the kind of maternity clothes that I’m trying so hard to find. They always look so pretty and comfortable at the same time.
Where do they find their maternity clothes? Or do they make them themselves? Desperate and inquiring minds need to know! 😕
Hi Cassie, I will touch base with the girls on this.
Hi. This message has nothing to do with the previously posted messages, and I apologize for that. I am French mother living in France and looking for a trustworthy American pen-pal for my homeschooled child who is learning English (with me,
an English teacher who spent time in the US, before being a stay-at-home mom). A pen-pal, that is a friend you actually write letters to. I would be grateful if you could recommend a catholic school we could write about it. Thank you very much.
Hello Isabelle, yes, I think that you could reach out to our little school in Maple Hill, Kansas. Here is an email to contact the parish secretary, whose name is also Isabel. 🙂
Thank you very much for your precious help. Thank you also for everything conveyed through your website. It’s just wonderfully inspiring.
You are most welcome! ♥️
There was this beautiful Saint Joseph rosary you had up I was wondering where I could purchase it
Hello there, I am sorry but it sold today.
Ah I hope whoever got it can grow in devotion to Our Lady and Saint Joseph. Do you think that a rosary like it will be for sale in the future?
I don’t have the exact same beads but I will make one comparable to that one. God bless you!
Do you have anything to post about caring for your family while limited by chronic illnesses?
Gabriel Efita said:
God bless you for this blog. I share with my female acquaintances all the time I get post notifications and I find a lot good reads for men too.
I really love the ideas of the “old fashioned”.
Greetings from Nigeria! 😊
P. S. I live with Father Angelo 😅
Amy Edwards said:
I am wondering with all your wealth of knowledge and resources if you have a good age-appropriate resource for pre-teens on puberty and the birds and bees! I know I can depend on you for sound Catholic information. God bless you!
Hello Amy, So sorry I am tardy on replying. I will include this question and the answer in today’s Q and A post. God bless you!
Thank you so much for your work here. I wanted to share with you a story of a wife and mother who exalted the call of both. Her name was Rosie Gil. Please check out her story as the book was written in an effort (recommendation from the Bishop) to open a cause for her canonization. You can find out her info at http://www.seeyouinheaven.com. There is also a Rosie magazine that comes out 4 times a year. Your daughters will be running to the mailbox! It’s beautiful, wholesome, feminine and Catholic!
God bless you and your beautiful family!
Thank you again for all of your encouragement!!!
I just wanted to say that I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog and YouTube channel. I have been at my wits’ end trying to come up with a schedule and system to manage my growing family (we just had our sixth baby!). In years past, I tried just about every system out there.
Once I bought the book A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot, it seemed like I had found what I was looking for… but although the book is super insightful and well-thought-out, I struggled to implement Holly’s methods. In frustration I started hunting online for someone else, ANYONE else who had used her system and could help me use it, too.
That’s when I found your podcast on the topic. I listened and thought maybe I could do that… then I found the matching blog post and saw it laid out. For the past few days I have copied your daily page and crossed things off as I went, and each day I have been able to do a little better. I’m already learning how much I can do, remembering more things, and feeling more optimistic. It’s so much more do-able than anything else I have tried, and things are working so much better already!
When I feel worn out or in need of “entertainment,” I have started coming to your site instead. My old habit of reading the news (so pointless and discouraging so much of the time!) is falling by the wayside, thank the Lord. I have been wanting to break that habit for months, and your site is helping me to do that.
Thanks a million, sincerely. You have really helped me!
Thank you for sharing with me! I am happy to be able to help! ☺️
I’ve been there… And, at times, it can be a lonely road.
May God bless your journey! ❤️