Quite a few people have mentioned via email and comments recently that they’re new readers, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to my blog.
First of all, thank you for reading. I would be delighted if you’d take a moment to introduce yourself over at this post — it makes my day when I see a new comment there, and I hang on every word of all of them.
I’m 31, married, and have three children ages three and under. I have a background as a web designer/developer but am now Director of Chaos Management for my household.
I was an atheist my entire life until around age 26 — I never once considered the possibility that God might exist, not even as a child. I saw no absolutely no proof for God’s existence and couldn’t imagine how a person could believe in an unseen deity.
Around the time my first child was born I started to think that maybe I should take another look at the question of God. Upon investigation I was shocked — really, really shocked — to find that Christianity had some compelling data points in its favor. I came to a dry intellectual belief in God but didn’t know what to do from there. To make a long story short, my husband and I both converted to Catholicism in 2007 and today I am thrilled beyond words to be a Christian.
ABOUT THIS SITE
I started blogging about religion shortly after I became interested in Christianity. I had a lot of questions but didn’t know many Christians, so I did what web developers do when they’re seeking answers to life’s biggest questions: I started a blog. I’ve been blogging about it ever since, so most of my conversion is chronicled in the archives (on the bottom left sidebar).
Though the main purpose of this blog is to simply share my experiences with religion after a life of atheism, there are certain topics that I’ve been particularly interested in lately. Here’s what’s been going on so far in 2008:
Bringing peace to daily life
Shortly after the new year, I got to the point of “being sick and tired of being sick and tired” — I was tired of feeling overwhelmed and behind, living life a day late and a dollar short, and was desperate for change. I began to see that modern technology tempts me to overspend my time just like credit cards tempt me to overspend my money, and realized that I need some “hard stops” in my life. I decided to do something radical and structure my days around regular prayer times. I called it a “reckless experiment with prayer, ” the “reckless” part because I supposedly didn’t have one extra minute to spare for prayer. It worked better than I ever thought it could and I’ve been doing it ever since. You can read all the posts on the subject here.
Lent and spiritual growth
This was my first Lent as a Catholic. When Ash Wednesday rolled around I realized that I love times of sacrifice and penance. When the half-way point rolled around I realized that I love times of sacrifice and penance for a few weeks, and then I’m over it. Some untimely temper tantrums and cat vomit made me realize what it means to “die to self, ” I ruminated on my future as a Christian, and thought up an analogy for faith. Then, some technical problems made me realize just what is involved in truly trusting God. It all culminated in a joyous Easter which marked my one year anniversary of becoming Catholic.
Motherhood, community and isolation
A big topic of interest for me is the isolation that those of us who are outside of the workforce experience. I recently wrote about an average day in my life, with an emphasis on the lack of casual social interaction with other adults. I followed that up with some thoughts on how the internet can provide a much-needed outlet for social interaction, and asked for tips about how we can get more real-life social activity as part of the natural course of daily life (don’t miss the comments on those last two!)
The first time I saw a scorpion in my house, I could have never imagined that there would be any kind of upside to that situation. As it turns out, however, blogging about scorpions brings a lot of traffic to your site. My posts about scorpions in my bedroom, scorpions in my baby’s room, scorpions in cups in my kitchen THAT WERE PUT THERE BY MY MOTHER-IN-LAW, and angry, undead scorpions have been some of my most popular posts. The entire saga can be found here. Though I haven’t talked about it yet this year, scorpion season starts soon so I expect to be talking about it again any day now.
In general, though, I mostly write musings about what it’s like to be a passionate Christian after a life of atheism. (You can find a sampling of these types of posts in the “Most Popular Posts” section on the left sidebar.) This is the diary of my ongoing conversion. I’ve often thought that a good tagline would be: Selfish, lazy, hard-headed atheist converts to Christianity and tries to be a good Christian. Hilarity ensues.
The readers of this site include atheists and agnostics and people of all faiths, and I appreciate every one of you. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for reading!