Undiscovered gems: The Philosopher Mom

November 14, 2009 | 10 comments

The first blog I want to introduce you to for my Undiscovered Gems series is The Philosopher Mom. I just love the way she shares her extensive knowledge of philosophy and theology and makes it all relevant to the everyday life of a mom. Her blog first became a favorite when she did a series of posts about Teresa of Avila’s “mansions” of the soul, from which I gained so much great knowledge about spiritual growth (the first post is here, the entire series is here).

Her writing has become an even greater source of inspiration for me lately, however, as she candidly discusses her struggles with a hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy, where she is so sick that her children have had to go live with her mother for a while. Her simple, two-paragraph post about prayer during suffering had me wiping tears from my eyes; I thought her reflections on how openness to life is a call to all of us, even people not currently having kids, were nothing short of profound; and her stirring thoughts on what she’d learned about self-control vs. obedience were a major “ah-hah!” moment for me.

She also hit the nail on the head when she wrote about fear and having kids, why we should read fiction and the life lessons she learned in 2008.

A big “thank you!” to the Philosopher Mom for all her great posts, and I hope you all enjoy browsing through her writing as much as I do!


  1. Angela Williams Duea

    Philosopher Mom is one of my favorites, too, and you pointed out a couple of posts that I've missed over time. Thanks for showing them to me!

    P.S. Your writing is a gem, too.

  2. confused homemaker

    She's great, thank you for featuring her. I've just added her to my reader!

  3. Ruth Ann

    I love this undiscovered gems idea and cannot thank you enough for introducing me to The Philosopher Mom.

  4. Suburban Correspondent

    I'm already a fan of hers! And I even got to meet her in person!

  5. monica_divineoffice.org

    I'm happy to go there if you recommend her 🙂

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  6. Cass

    Thank you for sharing this blog. I've added her to my reader. I can't wait to see who else you recommend in the future.

  7. Elizabeth

    I just LOVE Philosopher Mom…have been following her for longer than I have been blogging (sporadically)
    She always amazes me with her knowledge and insight…and the 9 kids and southern humor don't hurt at all 🙂

  8. Aelinn

    Well, it seems I like your reading as much as I like your writing. I look forward to this series continuing; thank you!

  9. e2

    Wow. Gosh, thanks, Jen. I was just wondering whether I should shut the whole thing down, but now I'll take it back into consideration. Can I feature YOU in a "Discovered Gems" post?

  10. Jessica

    You gave me a link to her post on hg, it was just what I needed to read at that dark place I was in, and I have been enjoying her every since. You are right, it's a gem! Thanks for introducing us to her.

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