Welcome to Molly Makes Do, I'm glad you're here.

I'm Molly, wife to Ben and mommy to Henry (here since February 2011).  MMD was started as we were taking the road less traveled detour on our paths to becoming parents and adults which included extreme career changes and a over a year of multi - generation living while welcoming the next generation into our family.  Life surprised us, as it often does, and by the end of 2011 we found ourselves in a home of our own and on to the next adventures in our lives.

We live in a little home of our own right next to the middle of nowhere Iowa where we returned to after years of traveling across the United States.  We came home to be surrounded by family and the simplicity of life we crave.

What You'll Find Here:
  • A Little Bit of This and That - In the Make Do spirit you'll find all the little bits and pieces of life that get patched together to make something greater.  There will be reflections and information, pictures and words as they come and are pieced together and shared.
  • I have a desire to share the good in life, particularly when it comes to parenthood and marriage, but just because that is a focus I want you know that it is not the whole story.  Just like piecing a quilt together there are parts that are perfect and seamless and parts that need a little work and sometimes there are parts that get ripped out and started over from scratch.  Sometimes the process is important and sometimes it's the finished project.
  • While the original intent of MMD has shifted since it's inception I hope it will be a place to share the imperfect beauty in our worlds. I hope you remember that we all are called to "Make Do" with different aspects of our lives and at different points in our journeys and each of us has the opportunity to make something wonderful out of what we have, just at this moment.  In many ways we're all given a bag of scraps, mismatched, used and little stained or worn out in spots; but, it's up to us to decide whether we'll let that bag sit and waste away claiming the whole time that it's nothing of use to us or we can piece it together, bit by bit, to make something wonderful and lasting. 

A Little Bit of Me:

  • I am a working mother out of necessity, but a homemaker in my heart.
  • I am proud to be a wife and mother.  It is my vocation, my utmost calling in life.
  • I am a kind of crunchy, kind of attachment parenting, kind of Montessori influenced, roll with the punches kind of mother who believes that taking a deep breath and starting over solves most day to day problems.
  • I am excited to be entering into the Catholic Church Easter 2012 and am eager to share my faith and the way it shapes my life.
  • I want to be a librarian someday.
  • I want to have more kids more than anything.
  • I believe that the work you do with your hands shapes your soul.
  • I'm a nerd - I have knit one full size and one miniature sized Dr. Who scarf, need I say more?
  • I am terribly introverted in real life.
  • I don't get out much {see above}.
  • My day to day goal is to try, and I don't always if rarely achieve this.  I've failed, spectacularly, in my life and will continue to do so until the day  I move on something better, but in the mean time I try and make do.
I'm love contributing to a friends blog if you'd like me to be a guest poster or have any other questions email me at mollymakesdo@gmail.com!


  1. Molly,
    Nice to meet you. I found your blog via Ravelry. We are similar in many ways, although my 3 children are already grown. We live on a farm in California and grow much of our own food. I work as a library media tech at a school not far from our home.


  2. I think your blog is Super Sweet so I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging award. Click on the link for instructions. Congratulations!!! http://notyouraveragezoe.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/supersweet-blogger-award

  3. Molly,
    I really enjoy your blog. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can check it out here.

  4. Oh! I knit an eight foot long Dr. Who son for my son when he was about 13. Now the younger one is a huge Dr. Who fan at 13 too!

  5. Hi Molly,

    I somehow came across your blog through a Twitter link to your AMAZING post "Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know." Now after reading some of your more recent posts I just wnated to tell you what a wonderful blog you have. I will be back!

    A couple things: can I put a link to the above-mentioned post in my blog "The Fun Librarian?' Of course I will give proper credit. Also, would you mind telling me what font you use for the text of your posts? And size? It is perfect.

    I just added you to my Favourites - looking forward to more good reads? Oh, by the way, I love your approach to the colouring on the walls. I wish I had had that outlook when my children were little. I do a lot of laughing now, but then, I'm not so sure. I guess that't the point - years down the road, will this matter to me?

    All the best!

    1. Please do share! I never thought a list of books from my bookshelves would strike a chord with so many people!

      I believe the text font is Trebuchet size 12px via blogger.

      In my defense, there was a lot more cursing of the husband for not cleaning up the wallart than I care to admit ;)

  6. Aww I love that you are into Doctor Who! <3

    1. Only the finest of nerdings here =)

  7. Molly,
    Found you on Catholic All Year, and was delighted to read that you're an Iowan! I'm originally from Cedar Rapids, but am now living in the middle of nowhere Minnesota (God's second favorite state). I'm also a Catholic and so happy to hear that you are too: congrats and welcome! I'll look forward to reading more of your posts.
    God bless!
    PS: Not into Dr. Who, but saw that Jane Eyre made the list of Girls My (Theoretical) Daughter Should Know. I definitely approve.

    1. Thanks for visiting! I love Minnesota too - spent a lot of time in the Northern part growing up! After rereading Jane Eyre a few months ago I'm even more in love with that book than ever!

  8. I found you on Carrots for Michaelmas. I live in Iowa, in Spencer. Where are you? I haven't found many other IA Catholic bloggers... Although I do know Laura, who posted above me!

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  10. Dear Molly,
    Pleased to meet you. I chanced upon your blog via Little House in the Suburbs blog and immediately looked at your book list of Books for Girls. Being a self-proclaimed book nut and the mother of two daughters, (ages 19 and almost 25), I was delighted to see the following on your list: The Chronicles of Prydain, which I read to them much earlier than they would have been able to read themselves, and the Wee Free Men series by Terry Pratchett. Oh my goodness, you had me at "Crivens!" I was a young girl when Harriet the Spy was published and it was a favorite of mine. Thanks for what you are doing and I look forward to following your blog-full of ideas and suggestions. Best wishes to you and your family.

  11. I would love to have you read my eBook - No Christmas for Olivia


    No Christmas for Olivia

    Today through Monday, October 11 - 14, the first book of my second eBook series is free! I know you will love reading about how Olivia learns the true meaning of Christmas.

    If you are thinking of a book for a gift this year - No Christmas for Olivia would be a good one! Download it, read it, share it, but most of all, Enjoy it!

    In the story, Olivia is hurt and angry that her family is going to visit Aunt Fran in Phoenix over Christmas vacation. It means there will be no trip to the tree farm to cut a Christmas tree. Her beloved decorating traditions will go out the window. And absolutely no snow on Christmas Eve! Olivia decides to skip Christmas this year. Her parents can make her go to Arizona but they can't make her enjoy the holidays! Follow Olivia out to Phoenix as she learns the true meaning of Christmas.

    Mary Ellen Shea Clifford

    Link to the Holiday Series:

  12. I would love to have my eBooks on your Amazon list. They are written for young teens to share with their mothers, sisters, aunts and best friends.

    For the next few days - December 16-20 the first book in the Holiday Series, "No Christmas for Olivia" is free.

    This giveaway is a celebration of my first Internet interview which is featured on:


    Merry Christmas - enjoy the free eBook. Mary Ellen