Why a show about meth dealers made me feel closer to God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I mentioned the TV show Breaking Bad in yesterday’s post, and it made me a little nervous when a few upstanding Christian ladies said that they’d never heard of it but might check it out on my recommendation. It immediately triggered one of my Dominican Sisters nightmares: I pictured one of the sweet nuns checking… [Continue Reading]

My life changing diapers


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Now that I’m visibly pregnant, I get asked more and more often for a detailed plan of how many more children I’ll have and when I’ll be “done.” Much of the time, “Congratulations” is swiftly followed by one of the following questions: “So, is this the last one?” “How many more are you going… [Continue Reading]

Your answers: “What is the religious climate in your country?”


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Since so many of you told me that you were fascinated by the comments to the post from last week but didn’t have time to read them all, I did the hard work for you! Below is a distillation of the 100+ comments that I received from readers all over the world: What is… [Continue Reading]

What is the religious climate in your country?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail UPDATE: Check out the summary of responses I posted here! Back in 2008 I asked readers from outside the United States to tell us about the religious climates in their countries. It ended up being one of the most fascinating discussions we’ve had here on the blog, and so I wanted to bring it… [Continue Reading]

Observations from the Walk for Life


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m excited to report that I was able to make it to the West Coast Walk for Life while I was in San Francisco this weekend. I came really close to confining myself to the comfort of my hotel, but I’m so glad I went. Some pictures and observations: I’ve never seen so many… [Continue Reading]

My answer to “Do you want more children?”


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When people see me out and about with my four young children, one of the most common questions I get is, “Do you want more?” (Or, more accurately, “DO YOU WANT MORE?!?!?!?!“) I’m never sure what to say. “Yes” doesn’t sound quite right. Our fourth baby in four-and-a-half years is only eighteen months old,… [Continue Reading]

How I went from lifelong atheism to orthodox Catholicism (Audio)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My story + 7 lessons I learned about conversion Thursday night I was honored to be asked to share my conversion story with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) group at St. Elizabeth’s parish here in central Texas. I wanted listeners to be able to take something away that they could apply… [Continue Reading]

Five years later

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Five years ago last Saturday, my husband and I got married. In many ways, that night was the apex of our worldly life: our wedding took place in a rented theater, I wore a dark purple dress, we wrote our own vows, our officiant came in second in a stripping contest at a gay… [Continue Reading]

Contraception and a woman’s self-image

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On the rare occasions that I used to think about the prospect of having a large family before my conversion, one of the first things that would come to mind is, “Just think of what my abs would look like! And years and years of nursing babies wouldn’t exactly leave me looking like a… [Continue Reading]

Calling all Catholic hematologists

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail An update on the Coumadin/contraception issue… I had the big visit with the hematologist this morning (if you don’t know the story behind that, I first wrote about it here and here). It’s the follow-up visit I was waiting on to decide whether or not to switch doctors. And we have a verdict on… [Continue Reading]