September 21, 2018

I’ve been really disturbed by what I’ve been seeing on social media lately regarding victims of sexual assault. I’m concerned about the allegation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and I’m utterly appalled by this tweet by the President (as well as the fact that over 72k people “liked” it as of this writing): I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement… Read more

September 14, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. I’m writing this review of Haley Stewart’s new book, “The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture” at the small park and splash pad/skate park near my home. I hadn’t intended to write this on my phone, but the moment my kids arrived home from school today (9/13), they begged me to take them to the park. It’s still over… Read more

September 11, 2018

My husband, Collin, and I had been married for exactly 11 days. We were living in a small one-bedroom apartment in Minneapolis, MN, where I was a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Collin worked as a contractor for a local IT company. I remember my alarm, set to a local radio station, going off… I can’t remember the time but I think it was around 7:30am. The only thing I heard before I hit the snooze button… Read more

September 7, 2018

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. I originally read Rebecca Frech’s newest book, “Can We Be Friends?” this past May. I reread it this past week in preparation for this review, and it was just as good the second time around! This book is basically a handbook about friends and friendship for shy, socially awkward introverts (although I think extroverts can get a lot out of it, too!). Frech discusses the… Read more

August 31, 2018

Today’s post is a guest post from Elise, one of the members of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. A couple of months ago, a young mom confessed to me: “Since I came back to work, being vulnerable after maternity is one of my biggest challenges. Being a mom really impacted my confidence at work. I find it troublesome to feel, look and sound confident … and troublesome to play the role of the strong woman in a suit, too…. Read more

August 28, 2018

This past April, I bought a “Women Who Work” mug from FemCatholic’s Zazzle shop. Sadly, less than two weeks later, my kids knocked the mug off the table and broke it. When I lamented the fate of my mug some time later, Samantha very graciously offered to send me a new one, free of charge! (By the way, did you know that Samatha also contributed content to my book? It’s true! She’s such an amazing person!) It arrived last week… Read more

August 23, 2018

Ugh, it hasn’t been a good week. A nasty virus hit me and most of the kids. My husband doesn’t get sick time so I’ve had to struggle along the best I can. Thankfully I seem to be on the mend, but my throat is still really sore. Please pray that we all get healthy and stay healthy this next week — my husband and I are taking a trip out of town for our 17th wedding anniversary over Labor… Read more

August 20, 2018

My friend and fellow Catholic working mother Kelsey L. has an interesting proposal for the U.S. bishops (shared with permission): In the wake of the McCarrick and PA grand jury scandals, Catholics are divided on the subject of tithing. Some have decided to never give another dime to a Catholic organization, even their home parish (as a percentage of what you give will eventually be paid to the local diocese via cathedraticum). This is causing suffering on the parish level…. Read more

August 17, 2018

On Wednesday, I called my diocese’s headquarters and asked when a statement about the latest abuse crisis would be issued by our bishop, but the person I spoke to in the communications office could only tell me that one was in the works; he did not know when it would be released. As it turns out, the statement was issued this morning. I have mixed feelings about it. Quite frankly, I had hoped for better. It starts out with the… Read more

August 15, 2018

Like many, and I daresay most, Catholics in the U.S., I am reeling from the one-two punch of abuse scandals that have rocketed the Catholic Church in American in the last few weeks. First, the revelation that Cardinal Archbishop McCarrick was a longtime predator of young boys and men, whose behavior was an open secret to the Vatican and Church hierarchy, and who was still elevated through the ranks of the Church despite being an utter disgrace to Catholicism in… Read more

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