WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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01/18/2010

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Christina

Oh my gosh I SO hear you on this. I'm awful with the comparing - I was doing it pre-blog days with other women in my church or at my kids' preschool... and now with blogs? Well, let's just say my options for comparing have expanded exponentially. And I don't come out very well in most of those comparisons. I try. I have good intentions. But boy do I fail a lot.

Um, let's see, I think my current favorite "churchy" (more like "faith-filled") blogger is Angie at Bring The Rain ( http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/ ) - she's not Catholic, but I don't think you'd mind. :-)

Jen @ The Short Years

My background tends toward the conservative Protestant ("Reformed" is generally the label of choice) and I also deleted most of those blogs from my feed reader for the same reasons. They too were extremely into homeschooling, large families, and catechisms. None of which I do/have. I admire them, but it isn't what our family looks like, nor will it ever, probably.

Anyway, my newest favorite "churchy" blogger is Elizabeth Esther (elizabethesther.com). She writes about her childhood in a fundamentalist church, her break away from that group, and her journey of faith since then. Also all that other mom stuff--but in an honest and funny way.

antonia

Hiya!

I find the Faith & Family blog edifying, but not too intimidating (I know just what you mean about some of the "superholymom" blogs).

http://www.faithandfamilylive.com/blog/

I guess we can only lead our children to God if we have found Him ourselves and have a living relationship with Him.

The desire in your heart "to be a devout, solid, faithful, graceful, grounded and loving Catholic mother" is totally from God....so it might be helpful to turn to Him as a starting point.

I have been reading your blog(s) for so many years (over 4 yrs at least), I wish I knew you IRL because I think we would really get on.

God bless
xxx

Sarah in Ottawa

Reading this, I wanted to add an enormous WORD! We spoke about this when we met in person, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise to say that I TOTALLY AGREE. It's hard. And I work outside the home and I feel very strange in Catholic Mom online circles because of that. It's weird - I've never felt that way with the Catholics I know in person, but I feel so INADEQUATE in the online community.

The ones where I don't feel that bad: Arwen and her Mom, Jamie of Mostly Gladly, Jen of Conversion Diary and some of the Faith and Family Feeds -- though there was a recent, lengthy thread on wearing skirts that REALLY turned me off and made me nearly tune out. The reason - they share their struggles. And they're funny.

Kate P

(Sarah, that skirts thing totally takes me back to my college days. I had dorm mates who, God love 'em, hardly ever wore pants and were horrified by my punk haircuts and alternative rock CD collection.)

It is easy to compare ourselves (must be part of our fallen nature) and feel bad sometimes, Maggie.

I kinda have some blogs I like that happen to be faith-related, or faith comes up often. They're not all moms (or Catholic, or gals, for that matter). Off the top of my head (and some of these are on my blogroll): Seraphic Goes to Scotland (Seraphic/Seraphic Singles), The Nightfly, CMR (Catholic Minority Report), beyond the pale (Tracey), Red Cardigan (And Sometimes Tea), R.C. Mommy (Amy G.), Very Sleepy People (Lindsay), Ricki's Rants & Rambles. I don't always agree with everyone 100% (and actually it's been a relief to find there even are some people to the RIGHT of ME!) but there's always something interesting to read.

One final thought: Being faithful to God often is an inside job, things we (and others) can't see, but just little decisions we make and things we do, hour by hour, day by day.

Kate P

I can't believe I forgot Amy Welborn. She just has such a way of talking about life and faith together--it's down to earth and ethereal at the same time.

Lindsay

I think I read a lot of Catholics but not any specific Catholic sites. I think Arwen has an excellent ability to discuss controversial, intellectual stuff in a calm, respectful and teaching manner and I definitely enjoy that stuff.

I am intimidated by some extremely educated Catholics, because I just am NOT super educated. I know the basics, I know I feel better when I go to church. I know I am not disciplined enough to follow so many of the rules. I know I want to learn more, get educated and involved but am worried about who to learn that info from, because I do disagree with some of the practices of the people that seem so educated and devout sometimes. WHich is my issue not theirs of course.

Dr. Maureen

Oh, Maggie. I could have written this. At this point, Jack is wildly resisting bedtime prayers and I have no idea what to do. It doesn't help that we're battling a refusing-to-sleep-unless-in-arms baby at the moment, so we have other issues. But as far as keeping up with Catholic news? I can't even keep up with the regular news. I have no time to watch, read, or listen to the news. Or at least, I SAY I have no time, but then I think about what I've done all day and it seems like nothing. Played dollhouse! Folded fourteen hundred loads of laundry! Read emails and (non-news, non-Cathlic) blogs!

I feel like I get about fifteen minutes a day to myself and I don't want to spend them doing grown-up things like reading the news. I want to read FUN stuff.

Andrew asked me who I voted for for the MA senate seat, and I told him, but it was based on instinct alone because I didn't research their positions or ANYTHING. Andrew told me a few things, but otherwise? I still don't know if I voted for the right person. I feel like I'm living in some sort of bubble where the real world is happening out there and I'm not involved.

Maybe I will try to add some of these blog suggestions to my reader. Maybe it will get ME closer to God too. I want to be closer to God, but lately, I don't seem to make any effort. I say Hail Mary's during Jack's tantrums to avoid shouting at him and I fall asleep while saying prayers at night. I go to church. That's about it, it seems.

Sigh. Thanks for letting me ramble on and on in your comments.

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