Life: the Gift that Bites You in the Ass

You know how I said that I used to think I knew everything about parenting? Well, this is something that I've been thinking about a lot lately because I see people online all the time talking about how shitty other parents are. Whether it be about vaccines (oh lawd I said that word on my blog, I'm sure there will be a party of crazy in my combox later), food choices, parenting styles, spanking, or any other of the million things that we think we have to have an opinion about, there is always … [Read more...]

Friendships: the Casualty of Crisis

Here are just a few of the issues that I have been dealing with in the last few years:The death of my best friend A boyfriend in Iraq and then Afghanistan Wartime PTSD Child Trauma related PTSD The death of my boyfriend's mother A DWI Converting to Catholicism A wedding The death of my husband's father and grandmother The death of my husband's best friend The fallout from grief and PTSD Mental illnesses (those of others as well as mine) People's … [Read more...]

Through the Clouds

On Sunday I wrote a blog post abut how I didn't see how God is ever on my side and today He reminded me of all the ways that He has been on my side my entire life, even when I was refusing to give one crap about His rules and regulations. How He gave me the Grace to survive the worst things that can happen to a person and how He gave me great people in my life to help me when I was tired of fighting him. One of those reminders came in hugging Noe, who showed me what loving Jesus looks like by … [Read more...]

The Root of It All

When I was younger I went to a Baptist Church. I really did come to know the truth about God and salvation there, but I never felt like I fit in or like I was doing the Christian thing right. I was 11 years old quoting Scripture like a street evangelist. I would carry my bible around with me telling people about the fires of hell waiting for those who didn't give their lives to Jesus. Other kids were collecting baseball cards and I was collecting chick tracts.I am not sure what triggered it, … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned about Parenting

I have been a mother since I was 16 years old. I have given birth to four kids, miscarried one child and been the step-mother to three. I now have two grandchildren and I'm almost 40 years old. This is what I have learned about mothering/parenting children: I have no effing clue what I'm doing.There are a lot of factors that made me think I was a horrible mother. I did a lot of things that weren't things responsible parents do, like marry a man I only knew for two weeks and have kids with … [Read more...]

Clavius, Patron of the Skeptical

 At the heart of Risen is a conversion story. There are a lot of conversion stories in the New Testament that I can identify with but Clavius is really my spirit animal apparently. I love his story. He was in charge of making sure that the body of Christ was guarded from being stolen and then when that didn’t work out well, he was put in charge of finding out what happened.In a lot of ways, Clavius was more doubtful than Thomas when it comes to the fact that Jesus rose from the d … [Read more...]

Abortion, Religion and Politics

So I wrote this blog post the other day, some of you may have read it.... the combox has 105 comments in it as of now. That is a crazy combox. I have read some of the comments and if I am going to be truly honest, I am so honored to be defended by pro-choicers who understood that I am 1. not a loser and 2. still against abortion. If there is one thing that makes putting myself the target of public scrutiny it is seeing people who don't agree with me on a certain issue, like abortion, actually … [Read more...]

I am No Longer Pro-life

 I used to be really involved in the Pro-life movement; I even worked in a Crisis Pregnancy Center where I worked with an amazing pro-life doctor and one of the holiest women that I know. It was a great job and I loved every minute that I spent talking to women who were scared that they couldn’t mother the children growing in their wombs. I loved seeing all that fear melt away when they saw the baby on the monitor during their sonogram. I loved seeing them feel cared for by a good d … [Read more...]

Waiting for Redemption

Grief is such a bitch. That’s the only way that I can describe it. In therapy last week I emotionally vomited on my therapist about my uncle’s death. I also talked to Jennifer Fulwiler about it on her show. The two talks were a bit different and frankly, ya’ll all should thank my therapist because if it wasn’t for her, my therapy session would have been what you heard on Jen’s show. That would not have been pretty.My faith tells me that my Tio is in the hands of God which means that he is in … [Read more...]

Taste & See: Help with the Pollution of Noise

When I first got the review copy for Taste & See by Ginny Kubitz Moyer for the Patheos book club , I wasn’t really too sure what to think about it. But as I read the introduction it became pretty clear that this is a book that I need in my life right now.“God speaks to me not in mystical, abstract ways but through the stuff of daily life.” , Ginny writes in the introduction. God talks to me in the same way, mostly in the hard parts of life when I feel like I can’t keep going, He shows up … [Read more...]


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