Book Review: Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Every year I get a stack of books ready for Lent. Mostly I get books that will help me to remember that it is Lent and that the point of Lent is to shut out the outside world as much as possible to nourish my relationship with God. For me, God is mostly silent the whole time and my life goes up in flames. My life is crazy anyway so I am kind of used to it but Lent really brings out the extra special crazy. For example, for the last four years we get lice on the Monday … [Read more...]

Book Review: Freedom by Everett Fritz

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Everett Fritz for my radio show on Breadbox Media. He is the author of a book called Freedom which he wrote after looking for a book to help young men live the virtue of chastity in a practical way.I'm going to be honest, I am always skeptical about books that deal with chastity for many reasons. Mostly because I tried to teach my oldest son all about sex outside of marriage being wrong and I failed. I taught him the teachings of the Church, he … [Read more...]

Book Review: My Badass Book of Saints

 Today I’m joining the conversation on My Badass Book of Saints for the Patheos Book Club. When I first saw this book making the rounds I really loved the title. I have always felt that our saints are uber badass and especially the women! I know that men are awesome and male saints all have fantastic stories on how they lived lives that brought Glory to God in huge ways, but I am a woman and having women saints to look to as role models is a gift.When certain circles look at H … [Read more...]

Making Breakfast, Going to Mass and my Failure to Love

I have had this book on St. Therese for a pretty long time. In the chaos of life, both good and bad chaos, I have fallen very behind in my reading. I'm also in school now for a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and taking three summer classes, so I am reading a lot, but it's for class which is very different even if I do love it. But this book has been calling me. Every day that I wake up, I see it on the shelf and it's calling me to pick it up. Anyone who knows anything about St. Therese knows … [Read more...]

Winner of my First Giveaway!!!

I am so sorry that I've taken forever to announce the winner of my first give away!!The winner of my very first giveaway is (drum roll) Melissa Hunter-Kilmer! Melissa owns and operates the Mayland Pumpkin Patch , which is in the Shenandoah Valley near Broadway, Virginia. She lives with her 26-year-old son and two large dogs in a charming old farmhouse on three acres. Like me, she's a convert to Catholicism and has a warped sense of humor.Congrats Melissa, I hope you enjoy Memoirs of a … [Read more...]

My Birthday Giveaway!!!!

For years I have entered into giveaways on blogs and now I get to do my very own! I am so excited about this book. I have been reading memoirs a lot lately to get to see how different people write them and how things in memoirs work since I am in the process of writing one myself. I stumbled across "Memoirs of a Happy Failure" by Alice von Hildebrand and can not wait to dive in. I happen to have an extra copy and would love to give it away in honor of my birthday. I love books and free books … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes on The Grace of Yes, the book and life

1.With this new radio gig on Real Life Network , I apparently get review copies of books. This means that I actually get to say the words "I have to read this book for work".... Que choir of angels singing. I can't express just how happy this makes me. I love to read, I always have. Now I have the perfect excuse for having 20 stacks of books all over the house. I'm happy to say that the first book that I got in the mail to review was Lisa Hendey's book The Grace of Yes. This book is part … [Read more...]

My First Vlog! (How much I love Jennifer Fulwiler)

I couldn't figure out how to really get across how much I love Jen's book so ya get this video of me repeating myself. After two strawberry margaritas, it wasn't getting any better, so I gave up and this is what ya get! Happy Cinco de Mayo!  … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes Challenges, Books, Love

1.I decided to take up Jennifer's 7 posts in 7 days challenge this week and I've come to see just how much I enjoy writing. I also see how much being on Facebook helps me flesh out my thoughts to write and then writing helps me really sort things out. I can not deal with an issue without thinking and writing about it. Or discussing it with people who disagree with me. But writing is my therapy. It is my happy place. I always knew that, I just never knew that it mattered much. I was always told … [Read more...]

Sometimes I leave God behind to Follow Myself

I haven’t been blogging because there have been a million things going on around here.  For one thing there was a huge pro-life bill getting passed in Texas. A few of ya’ll may have heard about it. I spent a lot of time in the last few weeks at the Capitol, at home watching testimony and debates and talking to a lot of people who supported and protested the bill. It was a lot to take in. I was a bartender for most of my life so I am naturally a people person. I watch people and listen to them. I … [Read more...]