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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Ha, I finally took steps to become un-anonymous just this weekend. I want envelopes so I get a receipt and can claim my donations, although I guess just writing checks instead of cash would accomplish the same thing. Am also a terrible Catholic.

And I am bitter because in the bulletin we will be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Husbandfirstname Lastname. GRRR. Can I have a name? Please? Sorry, this is just a tangent now. What I meant to say:

I am glad you are enjoying mass now, and off the committees since it's not your thing.


I SO get all of this. I loved going from a small town to a big university and I miss that feeling. About a year ago we finally got heavily involved in the church community and now I feel...stifled, maybe? I don't want out, but church is definitely job-like and boring.

I drive around town and think ooh, maybe we could play hooky next week and go to that church. Or that one. Or that one. I signed M up for VBS at a mega-church and am SO excited to go get lost in the sea of faces. (She's an EXTREMELY social child, never met someone who wasn't a new friend, so I think she'll do great. I hope the sea of faces isn't too much for her.)


My parents went to the same church (with the same one minister) for nearly 40 years before a bunch of politics and infighting ruined everything, and they were becoming so miserable each Sunday that they eventually switched to another church where some other people who had fled the same crap went. The experience was hugely eye-opening for them, in so many ways. For one, they could finally enjoy worship again. Two, it turns out that learning about the Bible and other spiritual matters from one person for 40 years can be, shall we say, limiting. The new Bible studies and better sermons were literally life-changing for them. Now that they've been there a few years they've gotten a bit more into the "weeds" of the new church, but they are very conscious of saying yes or no to the right stuff to maintain their own sanity and try to avoid as much of the politics as possible. Change can be a great thing. I had a similar experience when I went from that same first church to college and discovered the NDCF there. Mindblowing.


I read Proof of Heaven. It was really important to me. I think I read it about 6 months ago? My husband was very skeptical from a scientific perspective, but I think this guy was not just making it up to sell books - either he had a NDE or he had an awesome dream while he was in a coma. Both can be given by God. Anyway, it was beautiful I thought, and I'd be happy to discuss. What struck you? the thing that struck me deepest was "you are loved beyond measure" and "there is nothing you can do wrong" and then the third thing which was equally affirming but I can't remember!

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