I need blog recommendations

January 8, 2013 | 321 comments

I can’t do much right now. One of the surprising side effects of my condition is that I am extremely easily overwhelmed.

My brain seems to be operating at about 60% of capacity, maybe as an oxygen-preserving measure? I can — and am in fact supposed to — get up and walk around occasionally, but even normal household occurrences like having one kid rooting through the pantry and two others fighting over a toy are enough to send me into a near panic attack (luckily I have a lot of help and don’t usually have to handle that kind of thing by myself). It’s hard for me to keep up with conversations for more than a few minutes, to write replies to emails, and I even have trouble reading books, since my focus drifts after a few pages.

One thing I can do, though, is read blogs. They have been a lifeline for me through all this. Reading posts about what’s going on in other people’s lives has given me a much-needed sense of connectedness to the world, and the one-way format (as opposed to, say, social media or in-person interactions) is easy for me to handle since it requires little brainpower.

The only problem is that I am reading all my favorite blogs faster than the authors can post. I keep opening up Google Reader to find no new content. So, obviously, I need some new blogs to read. This is where you come in:

What blogs do you recommend that I read? What are some of your favorites?

The ones that I love the most right now are slice-of-life blogs where the authors talk about the goings on in their lives. Some share tips and tricks, some post lots of pretty pictures, and some just talk about what’s new with them that day; some are hilarious, and others are just really honest. All tell stories about their lives in some form or another. To give you ideas, here is a random sampling from my Google Reader:

So, based on that, what else should I be reading? Recommend away! Please include a brief description of the blog, since clicking through and figuring out what a blog is about on my own is waaaaay out of my league right now. (And shameless self promotion of your own blog is welcome!)

Now I’m all exhausted from writing this post, so back to resting. Thanks in advance.


  1. Caren MacMurchy

    Jen ~ You are welcome to peruse my humble – but stridently sincere – family blog. It features my sagacious insights, family photos with mildly humorous commentary and political worldview rants. I certainly have enjoyed your roar-out-loud, poignant posts, so hop by mine, if you’d like.

    “EYE HAS NOT SEEN” in 2013 ~ Care


  2. William Newton

    Well you’re welcome to read mine πŸ™‚ I’ve got over 1,000 blog posts on my primary blog alone, “Blog of the Courtier”, and if you’re thinking about ever visiting Barcelona I have another blog-project called “Catholic Barcelona” with histories of all the interesting churches, basilicas, monasteries there, in English, with photos.

    I’m one of the regulars on SQPN’s “Catholic Weekend” podcast and this past Saturday we did ask our listeners to pray for you. I hope you will continue to be on the mend and God bless.

  3. Barb S

    Shamelessly plugging my own blog. Slice of life with kids ranging from 10 to 20.

  4. Literacy-chic

    Well, I’m writing again in a very different way–and glad to hear that you are on the mend! I learned about your health issues from Melanie on Facebook. What I’m writing would be–let’s say a “change of pace,” and not exactly on same lines as your usual reads. My “Booknotes from Literacy-chic” is what I’m calling a “notable moments” blog, which means that I blog mini-scene-analyses while I read whatever it is that I’m reading. Right now, I’m working through the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, which is kind of historical fiction with a fantasy element and romance leanings. So yeah. But Melanie’s interested, so I thought I’d mention it in case you get really bored! πŸ˜‰

  5. Alexandra Wright (@HawthorneDiary)

    Hi Jen! We’ve been following your status and praying for you. You can check out hawthornediaries.com and be sure to read what my little Peter decided to ingest recently! Wishing you guys the best!

  6. Magdalen@FromHeartToTable

    Well, I will certainly shamelessly promote my own blog, which is about living a healthy lifestyle and mostly focuses on food.
    I really really like Cam’s blog, awomansplaceis.blogspot.com, because she blogs all the time about her daily life, keeping me occupied, and because she’s obviously very sweet and faithful. Plus, her kids are cute!
    Hope I made first comment πŸ˜›

  7. Tara

    Self-promotion: I keep a blog, Truth in Love, about my conversion from Evangelical Protestantism and my discernment from practicing attorney to becoming a cloistered Dominican nun. It’s at http://www.supporttarasvocation.wordpress.com.

    My prayers continue for you and your family!

  8. Stephanie Lynn Stevens

    Well, I guess I can offer a shameless plug for my blog. It is about how I learned that less (stuff, spending, baggage, etc) makes room for a richer life after our family of 7 had to walk away from our home and belongings because of a toxic mold infestation. I also have a bunch of good blogs in my sidebar on various topics, but with the unifying theme of simplicity. Having a large family I find simplicity is essential, in crisis times more than ever!

    Praying for your recovery and your sweet bbe!

    • Amy

      Whats the link to your blog? I am interested!!

  9. Bobbi @ revolution of love

    Hi Jen, I humbly suggest my family blog if you enjoy chit chat about family life, simple recipes and projects for the non-Martha Stewart types, talk about Downton Abbey and just trying to find and love God amidst the blessed chaos of family life. πŸ™‚ it is http://revolutionofloveblog.com

    We are continuing to pray for you and your family!

  10. Susan

    A great blog is mychildiloveyou.blogspot.com. She is a very inspirational Catholic mom of many blessings.

  11. mary

    Oh, you can read my blog πŸ™‚ I am not a fancy blogger, but I am sometimes funny and occasionally sassy and have the most beautiful mixed babies!!!
    Feel better πŸ™‚ Lots of prayers headed your way.

    • Jenna@CaIllHerHappy

      I thought that might have been you, Mary! I told her to read your blog as well πŸ™‚

  12. Mary

    I love Sarah at amongstlovelythings.com and she recently had some HUGE news! She’s a homeschool Catholic slice of life blog. Carrotsformichaelmas.com is a new one I’ve been reading… homeschool literary mom life blog. And Ginny’s blog Small Things http://www.gsheller.com is a treasure of beautiful photos and writing on her family and life in general.
    You are more than welcome to visit my humble little place http://www.betterthaneden.com – Catholic, homeschool, slice of life with the occasional pontification of subjects dear to me πŸ™‚ Continued prayers for you and babe!!

  13. Jen @ Jumping in Puddles

    So many prayers your way, Jen! Hang in there. I know it has got to be tough to let others take care of things and you… when you are the one that’s supposed to be taking care of everything. Take your recovery one day at a time… you’ll drive yourself crazy otherwise.

    My best friend’s blog is one of my faves… Shiny Happy Catholics: http://shinyhappycatholics.blogspot.com/ She is a newlywed. New mom. Lover of all things Catholic. Talks about anything and everything.

    Catholic Cookie Jar: http://catholiccookiejar.blogspot.com/ Newlywed. Likes to bake. Has a TON of pics. She is fun.

    And… if you are interested in mine… Jumping in Puddles: http://jumpinginpuddlesisfun.blogspot.com I am single… Catholic. Write about all sorts of things.

    Happy reading!!

  14. Dee

    Blogs about daily life that I find hilarious:

    thebigmamablog.com – daily life in Texas
    amalah.com – life in DC

    These 3 blogs are all written by women about their daily lives, are all funny, but all have completely different lives.

    House blogs – DIY but doesn’t make you feel bad:


    Current events in light of the Bible:

    flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com (Joel Rosenberg)

    • Diana

      I second thebigmamablog.com!

  15. Kimberly

    Come visit us, dear Jen…we’re converts to Catholicism, too…and have long enjoyed reading yours! And we’re no strangers to adversity…joy and laughter too. Stay well…you’ve been in my thoughts daily and my prayers nightly. http://catholicfamilyvignettes.com

  16. Laura

    I’d love to have you stop by and read what’s new with our family adventures. I usually blog about family, homeschooling, prayer and today’s post about the importance of being flexible πŸ™‚ Prayers for you, your baby and family!

    • Laura

      Also, another blog I love to follow because she is funny and has the most adorable new twin girls with LOTS of pictures to ooh and ahhh over is “All This and Heaven” at http://www.allthisandheaven.blogspot.com πŸ™‚

  17. Christine

    Camp Patton is hilarious. I laugh every time I read her posts.

  18. Amanda S

    I don’t post much but this is mine http://www.simplehiddenlife@blogspot.com I also enjoy Small Things, Feather + Anchor, Get Along Home, jambalaya, and House Unseen Life Unscripted off the top of my head.

  19. Melanie Gillespie

    If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely visit my friend Haley over at CarrotsforMichaelmas.com where she writes about motherhood, faith, urban homesteading, and living the liturgical year. Love & prayers sent your way.

  20. Bridget N

    I’m not sure my blog would be your cup of tea right now because it can be a bit heavy. I write mostly about life after the death of my baby girl Ella. I’ve only been writing since last June and try to post at least once a week. I also post the occasional picture of my girl because her status as most awesome baby on the planet still stands. πŸ™‚

    Best of luck to you and many prayers for you as your continue down the road to recovery!

    • angela

      i had a few minutes to read some of your blog and your writing is lovely. Your sweet daughter is beautiful and so well loved it is obvious from her sweet smiles. I am so sorry you lost her to congenital heart disease. Please keep writing ! I feel we don’t talk about grief enough in our society.

      • Bridget N

        Thanks for your kind words! I’ll keep writing for as long as it keeps me sane…and then some, I hope πŸ™‚

    • Jenna@CallHerHappy

      Great idea, Jen! We have some pretty rockin’ blogs in that group πŸ™‚

  21. Stephen

    My wife recently re-started her blog after having our latest child. We have three kids, three and under her blog is about her humerous way of looking at and commenting on the craziness that goes on in our day-to-day lives, as she tries to successfully raise our children to be functional members of society, master projects on Pinterest and stay sane in an otherwise insane little apartment. You can read it at http://theartofmakingahome.blogspot.com/

    • Rosie

      Jamie’s blog is really funny! Definitely read it, and her kids are adorable.

      My sister (www.piercedhands.com) has an awesome apologetics blog that also often includes cute pictures of my kids.

      And my blog (www.rosie-ablogformymom.com) also has about a trillion pictures of my kids, ages 3.5, (almost)2, and 2-month-old twins.

      I feel you on needing more blogs to follow! I’m usually stuck on the couch nursing two babies and spend a lot of time on Google Reader, so I’ve been finding lots of new blogs to follow, including yours! Praying for you and your family, especially your unborn baby πŸ™‚

  22. Amanda

    You are welcome to peruse my blog – I write about my every day experiences and finding God in all of the little things in life. Also, you might like the “CathSorority” blogs – you can find many of them through my blog by clicking on the “CathSorority” tab! Happy reading!

    Many continued prayers for you and your family =)

  23. JUD

    Always good to hear from you, you are in my prayers. You could try my BLOG. It’s in dutch but there is a translation-button on the left hand side. Translations by computer are weird I must say, I tried it, but it is something different, definitly. My BLOG is about being a catholic (convert). And about food, I love cooking. I believe there’s a lot about religion and food. I am relatively new to BLOGGING but passionate. Will have a look at the BLOGs you and others mentioned when I can find time this week. Love and prayers.

  24. Jenny Panico

    Shamelessly adding my personal blog. I’m just getting it started so there’s not that much on there but you’re welcome to read it if you are bored. I just linked your site on my last post. I’m a Protestant to catholic convert and just started homeschooling.. Again..


    I have been praying for you and I’m so happy you are keeping us updated!

    • sara mcd

      Oh yes! Good blog!

  25. Misty

    I have been loving A Design So Vast by Lindsey Mead. Also, just have to share that one of my friends had what you are going through with her fifth baby and everything turned out perfectly well for both mother and child. I am praying for you!

  26. Meghan Gray

    I am a first year Catholic School music teacher and so I just began a blog at the beginning of the school year talking about all my new experiences of living on my own and teaching. You are welcome to read it if you would like. πŸ™‚

    I have been so inspired by so many of your articles and my prayers are with you and your family! God bless!!

  27. Tiffany

    Hi Jen!

    I’m shamelessly promoting my own blog. πŸ™‚ I think you would like it. It’s definitely slice of life, and I aim always for humor. I’m a cradle Catholic, a librarian, a wife and mother, and a belly dancer, and I write about all of those things, so it’s what you would call…eclectic. πŸ™‚ I post 5 days a week and ramble about what is going on in my life. Come check it out!


  28. Heather

    Hi Jen, you are in my prayers. I’m 9 months pregnant with number 5 and my pelvis is popping like a damn bag of popcorn. Not suffering as much as you by a long shot, but still. I can offer it up for you. Kernels of love. snap crackle pop. lol? lol. So anyway, go ahead and visit me at my blog. I haven’t updated in a month, but trust me, it’ll be updated soon.

    • Heather

      oops! my blog is castlesandkidlets.blogspot.com

  29. Bonnie

    Praying for you and your family! http://Www.temptalia.com is a fun makeup blog I just discovered πŸ™‚

  30. Caitlin

    Shameless plug it is πŸ™‚ I’m an Air Force pilot’s wife, writing about our little family (two yellow labs and our first little boy on the way), my adventures with the military, moving, home organization/decoration, Catholic faith (along with everything I’m learning since I’m currently converting), and whatever else pops into my head. I’ve been reading your blog like crazy lately, catching up on everything I missed since you started blogging long before I found it, and definitely keeping you and your family in my daily prayers! Take care of yourself, and know that there are lots of people praying for your speedy recovery!

  31. Jenn Miller

    I have two that I try to stay on top of…


    I know exactly how you are feeling! Prayers! πŸ™‚

  32. Elise Hilton


    Kissing the Leper is my blog. Joyful suffering? We’re all about it at my house!

  33. Kathy

    My blog is fairly new, but focuses on our Catholic Faith, Family and living Healthy. I love Posie Gets Cozy @ http://www.rosylittlethings.typepad.com/ You could crawl through her archives, just a very beautiful blog.

  34. Betsy

    I’m a new devotee of your blogs, and have so enjoyed them. Mine has been sadly neglected the last few months, but I’m dipping back in.

    She’s kind of a big deal, so you probably already read On Clover Lane-it’s beautiful and peaceful. http://www.memoriesoncloverlane.com/

    My farmer writes a funny family/farming blog, if you’re curious about SW KS small time farming. http://lobiwan.blogspot.com/

    Thankful for your recovering!

  35. Kerry Wolf

    Another shameless plug for my brand new blog from a fellow Austinite and fellow convert. I’ve only made 4 posts so far but hey, I’m just getting started and could use some traffic! Hope you are feeling better soon, Jen!

  36. Lee

    Hi Jennifer,

    Hope you are feeling better soon. You are in my prayers.

    I have a website, Franciscan Quote of the Day, (http://www.franciscanqotd.com/), where I share writings that resonate with my ongoing formation as a Secular (also known as Third Order) Franciscan. The quotes aren’t all from strictly Franciscan sources but they all have, I hope, a Franciscan flavor.

    I also really enjoy Shirt of Flame (http://shirtofflame.blogspot.com/), by a really wonderful Los Angeles-based author Heather King.

    Thanks for offering a chance to do a little self promotion!


  37. Kerri

    Well, of course there is Catholic Sistas: http://www.catholicsistas.com which I have a feeling you’re well acquainted with. I also love Sarah Reinhard’s blog, Snoring Scholar and I believe you know Sarah so that one might already be in your reader as well. Another of my favorites is The Breadbox Letters: http://thebreadboxletters.blogspot.com/. All her posts feature a beautiful art work and a quote of some sort from a saint or pope or poet or something that is interesting, intelligent, thought-provoking, etc. They are short and pretty regular (daily or almost daily). She has some other blogs too, but I currently only follow this one. She does occasionally have slightly longer posts in which she offers a reflection on something.

    I also enjoy following Pat Gohn’s blog: http://www.patgohn.net/blog/. Fun posts, reflective/spiritual posts, and links to her weekly podcast.

    There are probably a bunch of others too, but that’s just a few of my favorites. I’ll also humbly promote my own little blog: http://journalofnobody.blogspot.com. I’m currently not posting as much as I would like, but I try to post occasionally about my twin boys, share pictures of them, write pieces on whatever is on my mind, and sometimes just family stuff. I was writing a series on why I am pro-life and I still have a fourth and final part I haven’t gotten around to. So there is more to come, eventually.

    Prayers for you!!

  38. Lou

    My dear cousins blog – Celebrating The Year Of Faith – http://yearoffaith2013.com/

    Many prayers for you from a fellow Texan!

  39. The Reluctant Widow

    You should go read my friend, Steve’s, blog at http://www.everythingesteban.com. You might know him actually since you guys probably crossed paths during his time at SQPN. He just moved to Papua-New Guinea to teach at a seminary and live as a volunteer with the Capuchin Fransciscan Volunteer Corp. He posts when he can get internet access, but the pictures alone will transport you from that hospital room.

    Praying for you and your family!

  40. Jenni

    Apart from your blog I keep up with a few other homeschooling and/or catholic moms’ blogs:

    Elizabeth Foss http://www.elizabethfoss.com/reallearning/ She is a homeschooling mother of nine children. Very inspiring spiritually.

    Sincha Fisher http://simchafisher.wordpress.com/ Very funny, honest. She writes for the National Catholic Register and other publications.

    Jamie Gladly http://www.mostgladly.net/cj/ Funny, smart, inspiring mother of five.

    Sarah http://www.amongstlovelythings.com/ is a homeschooling mother of four, who just found out she’s expecting twins. I’m so looking forward to hearing all about that!

    This is my blog http://familyinlebanon.blogspot.com/ Slightly different in that we currently live in the Middle East. I am a part-time working wife of the most amazing university professor, homeschooling mother of 3 boys, a fourth one expected beginning of April. Can you say β€œprenatal care in Beirut?”

    I hope you feel better soon. Know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  41. Nell

    I am an attorney turned stay at home mom who runs a baby organic centric Etsy shop and tries to keep our two kids alive! Currently I’m blogging a lot on little person behaviors and surviving without sleep. With a dose of Catholicism on the side next to my fav dinner recipe of the week!

    I hope your path to recovery is swift!! You’re on our family prayer list.

  42. Jenna@CallHerHappy

    Let Love Be Sincere: Catholic family life on a budget. Sarcastic, informative but never condescending.

    Catholic Icing: Awesome family activities and crafts for celebrations anf feast days.

    Held By His Pierced Hands: Living out of her car and still rocking awesome apologist posts.

    Praying in Color: Learn to pray by doodling!

    The Loveliest Hour: Mom and incredible graphic designer. A lot of focus on Catholic daily life.

    Parenting in Crappy Pictures: If you don’t already, just read it. Or don’t if you’re having trouble breathing. It’s hilarious!

    Verily Magazine Blog: Modest, fashion and new feminism.

    Advanced Style: Short posts about extremely fashionable elderly people πŸ™‚

    Call Her Happy: Well, I wouldn’t be a real writer if I didn’t shamelessly promote, would I? I would love to have you!

    Lang Premier Properties Blog: If you’re looking for something to increase your knowledge about real estate…yeah…, try reading here. Somehow they entrusted me with this job and I get paid for it. Beats me too.

    After you have this baby and you’re feeling back to normal, I would love to hear about some of the blogs you discovered. Put it on the back burner for now, of course!!

    Happy Reading!

  43. melanie

    shirtofflame, by Heather King, a writer and regular contributer to Magnificat, excellent.

  44. Lena

    I blog at http://www.eucharistalways.blogspot.com. Someone described it as eclectic. One or two people said I’m funny. I keep it scorpion-free, and no housekeeping is required.

  45. Amy M.

    If you’re looking for slice of life with humor and reality all mixed up, please come visit me at http://www.amysadventures.org. I run an orphanage in the African bush and life is never dull.

  46. Sandy

    The first blog I ever read, and have read every day for at least 7 years, is Quiet Life (http:booshay.blogspot.com). Donna is the funniest, most honest, humblest blogger I know. Her once daily posts run the gamut from photography (she did the photography section of Pioneer Woman for several years), to simple recipes, to best-dressed runway critiques for the Oscars and Grammys. She homeschooled for years but her youngest (by a decade) daughter is now in Catholic school. Her comments section is the sweetest place on the WWW. Her tagline, “encourage others” says it all. I think you would enjoy all the archives. Praying daily for you and baby boy.

  47. Ashley

    I don’t follow too many blogs that you don’t probably already follow but some of my not Catholic favorites are http://give1save1world.blogspot.com/, marfmom.com, trustychucks.com, corasstory.com, and I don’t blog anymore but I blogged through the most intense period of grief after losing my son in 2011 at http://www.everyoneandyourmother.blogspot.com

    Blessings, Jen. You are in my heart and on my mind!

  48. Paige

    K, I’ll add mine.. I’m 18 weeks pregnant with our 8th. I blog mostly about motherhood and my ever growing relationship with God. Still praying for your tiny son…

    You already read another couple of my faves… Steve Gershom & Kelle Hampton. πŸ™‚

  49. Pat

    Shameless plug of my wife’s blog:


    Food, family, garden, home. Washingtonian Evangelical turned stay at home mom, Catholic convert in the Silicon Valley.

  50. Father Rob Waller

    I am the pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church in the small town of Milord, Ohio, 30 minutes by car east of downtown Cincinnati. A unique focus and emphasis of my blog is that it speaks of the life and the struggles of the Christians in the Holy Land, particularly the Christian Palestinians. I have a very special place in my heart for the Catholic Church in Beit Jala in the Bethlehem-area. People say that I have a Palestinian soul. That pleases me.

    In accord with the special role our patron Andrew had among the apostles as the Great Introducer, it is the particular character and charge of St. Andrew parish to welcome and engage all who come to us, as β€œour doors open wide at the very thought of your coming,” hoping to introduce them to others and to Christ.

  51. Angie

    In the spirit of shameless self promotion I would love to have you visit my blog all about a hot mess Catholic family and our misadventures with kiddo’s ranging from Age 1 to 18. Come on by. We would love to see you in our neck of the woods! http://hayshousemisadventures.blogspot.com/

    Another blog I am truly loving these days is Ashley Ann Photography’s. They have adopted a baby girl from China who just successfully completed her first cleft lip surgery. She’s an inspiring writer who often brings me to tears with her heartfelt posts. http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/

    • Angie

      Keeping you and your little Peanut in our family’s prayers. Blessings to you both!

  52. Joy

    Shameless self-promotion it is! But just because my blog — Caspara — sounds like just the kind of thing you’re reading right now. (Caspara.blogspot.com). Plus I’ve been blogging since ’09, though I cringe saying that, lest you actually read those early posts. You can, and probably should, skip till last year at least.
    I would also recommend No Big Dill, Making Room: Our Life in Sicily, Mommy Coddle, and I recently discovered The Tiny Twig.
    Praying for you, Jennifer. And your little guy.

  53. Renee Aste

    I would shameless promote my own blog, but locally here we’ve been addressing the issue of homelessness. And the “Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness Blog” here in Lowell MA is something I would rather shamelessly promote so others can do in their own communities.

    “Yesterday (photo above), Centralville resident, Paul Belley invited myself, along with Kim Scott, Tom Michaels, Roland Cartier and Tori Germann to make the trek down to the camp at Beaver Brook. There we were greeted by 9 men and women who call that area their home for lack of housing.

    A young woman who has bone cancer. Most mornings she has a great deal of difficulty getting out of her tent due to the illness that is slowly – painfully taking her life. This illness currently goes untreated as she has lost her insurance due to lack of an address, lack of connection with homeless service providers, a healthcare provider and the wherewithall to have the insurance reinstated. In addition, she reported that she had been wearing the same pants for the past several days because they stuck to her leg after sustaining a burn, which goes untreated. By virtue of her disease, she has severe mobility issues. Ultimately, if she is not re-housed in short order, she will die much sooner and her last breath – taken in a cold, snowy tent along the banks of the Merrimack River.

    No need to remind you, dear reader, that we experienced significant snowfall last evening and heading into a cold weather stretch. Admittedly, this is a photo of the wooded area in the back of my home this morning. The terrain along the banks of the Merrimack is rather treacherous for the average person, never mind someone with such significant medical and mobility issues.”

    Small things make a big impact…

    “While $5 may not seem like a lot, here are some gift card ideas that have a terrific impact:

    CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens for prescription co-pays/OTC medicine – chronic illness & mental issues are often intertwined within our homeless population. The ability to secure the appropriately prescribed medication to treat an illness is a great prevention tool for our homeless men and women. Once again, β€œan ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
    Bus Passes – will allow homeless men and women to access services that they require, find employment or get to work so they can earn money to become housed once again.
    Pre-Paid Phone Cards – allows a homeless individual to facilitate communication with family, employment and service access.
    Haircut – gift certificate to a local barber or hairdresser.”

    A good read…

    • Renee Aste

      I feel awkward, because while the subject may not as light as you need. It’s not too overwhelming, a lot of happy stuff about what my community is doing.

  54. LuAnne

    Oh, do pop over and visit me at http://www.winterpastfinally.blogspot.com – about Catholic life, motherhood, and this crazy-fun journey of homeschooling three teenage boys!

    Keeping you in my prayers,


  55. Jessica

    http://www.rurallyscrewed.com great blog of former NYC magazine editor turned farm wife and mom. Fabulous stories and photos!

  56. Francine

    Shameless plug alert! πŸ™‚ http://bellavitadolce.blogspot.com- my life with a toddler and bebe on the way.

    You’ve been in my prayers- hoping you recover very quickly! Also, I’m looking forward to Thursday night’s episode. My husband enjoyed watching the last two with me as well.

  57. B.

    I regularly read Melissa Wiley’s blog (children’s book author writes about children’s books and her family). But I think you know this blog, as I think it used to be in your link list.

    On a lighter note, one of my favourite new entrants into the blogosphere is Eye of the Tiber, a fake Catholic News Service full of nonsense with headlines such as
    Liturgical Dancer Tests Positive For Performance-Enhancing Drugs
    Man Angry that only Women can become Womenpriests
    Thousands Expected To Ring In The Solemnity Of Mary Mother Of God In Times Square

    • Meghan

      hahah those eye of the tiber posts are cracking me up.

  58. Amy

    I haven’t posted in several months-but you’re welcome to laugh at mine! I am in the middle of a few new pieces, so maybe I can fire them out before you get through all the ones you’ve already received!!!

  59. Barbara

    Late to the party, but my blog is about having a child with Down syndrome. She’s our fifth. There is also one of a dear friend about her daughter’s Trisomy 18 diagnosis. It began as a journey about choosing life for her baby, and now continues about the daily miracle her child’s life continues to be. Ms. Nora is 8.5 months old and doing great!


  60. Reesa

    Well, I guess you already ready Simcha Fischer and Hallie… I just spent 45 minutes going through Simcha’s NCR blog roll. Hil-arious.

    I just yesterday stumbled on http://www.revolutionoflove.com/blog/. I’ve only read a few posts, but Bobbi has some amazing insights embedded in casual reflections about living her life as a mom of four. One of my favorite points was something about how Bobbi was at one point discerning a call to the religious life. She went on a summer-long retreat where they

    There’s also one that barefootandpregnant recommended recently, but I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it… or find it.

    http://ironicalcoincidings.wordpress.com/ is fantastic and pretty different. It’s not a “slice of life” blog. It’s the reflections of PhD student at UChicago. He writes excellent movie reviews and has interesting posts on technology, art, the origin of words… it’s written by a friend of mine who is one of the most intelligible intelligent people know.

    You are so welcome to read mine but 1: it’s just starting out and 2: I recently posted requestions prayers for your “pulmonary embrosis.” Which is so not a thing.

    It’s rachelandreesa.wordpress.com.

    Both Rachel and I (Reesa) went to UD (of Calah Alexander fame). I posted recently but usually stick to “quick takes.” Rachel posts reflections on being a first year teacher and aspiring opera singer– also some pretty epic movie reviews. There’s one on Les Mis up now. My family and I are praying for you and your family, and thank you for asking for blog recs!

  61. Selina

    Check out http://crappypictures.com/ It is a hilarious blog about daily life of parenting small children. I cried laughing.

    • Blessed & Broken

      Thanks for sharing this. I can’t breathe through the laughing. Jen…maybe wait on this one?? πŸ™‚ Praying for your healing!!

  62. Amelia

    My blog only has about 28 posts in it, but it basically just my thoughts and feelings along with some good ole’ slice of life stuff! It’s a pretty humble, small blog, but you are welcome to peruse it.


    Prayers for your full recovery!

  63. hope t.

    I think innermosthouse.blogspot.com would interest you.

    It is a journal of philosophical musings by a woman who, along with her husband, lived in a secluded, tiny house without electricity for seven years. The discussion in the comment section is very good, too.

    Here is a link to a short video about this couple and their little house in the woods: http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-video/kirstens-innermost-house-video/#comments

  64. Marcy K.

    I would like to recommend Keep on Spinning, http://keeponspinning.wordpress.com/ which is the blog of a Catholic woman doctor who has suffered from breast cancer for a few years. She has an amazing family with two special needs children. Her story is incredible. Her hobby is spinning wool and knitting and she makes the most amazing things. If you can start at the beginning and work your way forward that would be really cool. This is I think her first post in 2008 http://keeponspinning.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/day-6-174-to-go/ Her blog will keep you riveted. And the small doses you can read now would be excellent. She does not post that often.

    I also like Abigail, a 3rd order Carmelite mom, and her struggles in the faith raising a family. http://abigails-alcove.blogspot.com/

    Feel better soon!

  65. jen Ambrose

    I read many blogs that are probably already on your radar, like The Wine Dark Sea, Scrutinies, Karen Edmisten, Charlotte was Both, Testosterhome, Conversion Diary (:-D). There are a few that aren’t in the normal Catholic blog categories, like Email from the Embassy. It is written by Donna, a foreign service spouse who currently lives in Amman. She has four kids and works at the Embassy there, too. Before Amman they were in Beijing, and several other places before that.

    • Kristen @ St Monica's Bridge

      Like Jen, I was thinking…we already read a lot of the same blogs! You’re always welcome to come over to St Monica’s Bridge (stmonicasbridge.wordpress.com) and see me there or on my autism blog (smilingautismmama.wordpress.com) but I’m enjoying this list as it’s giving me some great new blogs to check out!

  66. Joseph M

    Praying for you and yours.

    My blog, http://yardsaleofthemind.wordpress.com/ is weird – I’m an older married guy with kids and obsessions with bad Science!, Carl Sagan’s insanely inflated reputation, philosophy and bad church music. I try to include amusing pictures with witty hover-over texts. The ‘Gol durn kids! Get offa my lawn!’ category does include pictures of sundry parts of my children, out of a no doubt misguided respect for their privacy. One could easily conclude from the pics that they shamble about decapitated. If *I* were sick in bed, I would avoid it like the plague.

    We have 2 slight connections: we almost met up at the West Coast Walk for Life a couple years ago, but you didn’t get my email in time; and you have been to my blog at least once already, because you linked to an essay about my sister, the Sisters of Mercy and the LCWR.

    Anyway, if you’re *really* desperate, give it a click.

  67. Amanda Gray

    The Simple Living Media Blogs (simplemom,simplekids,simplehomeschool,etc) and soulemama.com

  68. Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader

    I’d love to plug my own blog, but it’s mostly about books and reading and has very little of the slice-of-life variety. So instead I’ll plug two of my friends. A Suburban Menagerie has recipes and stories of her work with a local women’s/homeless shelter, as well as some stories about her life as an almost semi-urban homesteader.

    Message in a Mason Jar has gorgeous writing about everyday things, although if I didn’t have tons of brain power I’m not sure I would always be able to follow her imagery.

    I think I saw this already plugged above, but I’ll give another endorsement to Young House Love – I am not any sort of home DIYer or decorator, but I love their blog. And they post lots of content, so it’s a great one if you’re looking for plenty of reading material. Really, even if you think you might not like to read about a kitchen reno or other house projects, their writing is fun and engaging

  69. LPatter

    Ok, 2 NYTimes stories you MUST read if you haven’t yet:
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/24/laws-of-physics-cant-trump-the-bonds-of-love/ – the awesome inspiring easy one, so cool to see in the video that he’s a Catholic!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/magazine/can-forgiveness-play-a-role-in-criminal-justice.html?_r=0 – the intense, excruciating but also awesome one – as a parent was a tough read as it recounts the actual play by play of the shooting – but a great portrayal of the role an integrated faith plays in the lives of Catholics when life gets hard hard hard and messy.

    My friends IRL from MD (just close acquaintances really but super inspiring story – you could read from the beginning – John Paul just turned 1 – such a milestone!): http://letterstojohnpaul.blogspot.com/

    My former campus ministry student – love his passion and personality and committment to being a holy man of God: http://catholicfriedrice.blogspot.com/ (And he recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, also a former campus ministry student!)

    I also love Clover Lane if you don’t already read that one! http://www.memoriesoncloverlane.com/

    Rest up and feel better Jen! Praying praying for you!

  70. Terri

    Praying for your recovery, Jen! My So. Baptist best friend used your Saints Generator to find her saint for 2013 & has been praying for you, as well.
    Another shameless self-promotion: http://loaves-and-fishes.blogspot.com/?m=1
    Family, cooking, faith, education, literature, & more…

  71. Lisa G

    I love c.jane for reading interesting stories and seeing a glimpse into morman life. she has some really bold posts and isn’t afraid to write anything down! http://www.cjanekendrick.com/

  72. Connie

    Our blog is a little different, but maybe you’ll find it interesting. My husband and I are retired, we just sold our house last year and moved into an RV. We are travelling around and have a blog at http://www.guntherandkara.com . That’s not our names but those of our stuffed animal travelling companions. There are lots of pics and regular updates of our adventures and travails. I hope you can take a look and it will cheer you up and at least provide a distraction.

  73. Scott Alt

    Hi Jen, don’t know if you follow Unequally Yoked by Leah Libresco–she’s a new atheist-to-Catholic convert and blogs over on the Patheos site. Incredibly bright young lady.

    Beyond that, I could recommend my own, which is literally just a week old. Since I just got started blogging, I would love any feedback you’d have to give. (But only when you’re up to it–don’t exhaust yourself.) You can just follow the link here to get to my site.

    Do take care of yourself, too. You’ve been in my prayers. God bless you.

  74. Mary

    Susan Pohlman is my sister in law and author of HALFWAY TO EACH OTHER. She also has a blog. Her book was featured in Guidepost Magazine as well as US Magazine. When you are feeling better, do think about getting her book. It’s an easy ready and well worth it. You can also check the reviews on Amazon to get an idea of how it has been warmly received. Susan is a Catholic woman of faith, mother of two grown children. She and her husband live in Scottsdale, AZ. susanpohlman.com/blog/. I am praying for you.

  75. Meg

    Ok I recommend the boring blogger for laughs… it is just an everyday mom blog with some cute photos. I see she didn’t promote her own blog in her comments but it is worth it! She loves literature and her kids and faith! http://www.boringboringbored.blogspot.com Also, I love housewifespice.com She does a lot of literature reviews of young adult books. Might as well read up- your kids will be into that before you know it! She’s also funny!!!

  76. Megan

    Shameless self promotion: http://www.megscornershelf.blogspot.com
    I write about anything, and everything: cooking, DIY’s, family, faith…..

    I love reading Grace, at Camp Patton, and that’s actually how I found your blog…I found you on a Quick Takes day.

    Praying for you and baby boy as you continue to recover!

  77. Kate

    Oh dear God, thank you Selina for recommending crappypictures.com Go check it out, Jen. I’m dying of laughter…in the waiting room…of my doctor’s office. So funny. Feel better, Jen. We’re all praying for you.

  78. Sarah

    My blog is fairly new and not religious per se (although I’m Catholic, and praying for ya, sister!), but you’re certainly welcome to read it (wifeytini.blogspot.com). Interesting coincidence – my daughter (now 18 months) was born just one day after your last baby and I’m currently pregnant with #2 (around 30 weeks). My pregnancies keep falling in line with yours! lol.

  79. Rebecca Fletcher

    Okay, so I suppose our blog tastes differ, but there are a few that I just love…

    Ascending Mount Carmel (http://ascentofcarmel.blogspot.com/) Catholic Church meets Eastern Church. The writer is a Catholic who has a love for the Eastern church and a desire for us to come back together. I’m praying that we’ll come back into full communion within my lifetime! There are a lot of personal reflections, as well as information/reflections of Eastern and Catholic saints.

    Bad Catholic (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic/) I should probably assume you read Bad Catholic, but just in case. I LOVE BAD CATHOLIC!!! Marc reflects on current events from a Catholic perspective, and really gets down to the nitty gritty. For example, his most recent post, Useful Lust, wonders at what our value is outside of God’s love, which boils down to how useful we are, and really, what is the point of our existence without God? He also recently published the Bad Catholic drinking game: “THREE shots every time a homeschool mom asks Marc if he’s single and/or hints at the priesthood, Make a White Russian when a post is later commented on by the Friendly Atheist. Two if he quotes a paragraph out of context.” All in good fun, of course!

    And you’ve GOT to read Canterbury Tales by Dr. Taylor Marshall! (http://cantuar.blogspot.com/) He’s brilliant! I envy the fact that a human being can grasp so much information in a single brain! Catholic traditions, teachings, history, all of it, wrapped up in a relevant, easy to understand package.

    My blog is a work in progress, which is appropriate because I’m a work in progress. It’s just about trying to be a better Catholic, dealing with mysterious health problems (boooooring!), and whatever nonsense comes out of my mouth. Maybe check on it in another year or so πŸ™‚

  80. Josh

    My wife and I have been praying for you throughout this hard time. I am going into the “shameless self-promotion” category. My blog is about living an observant life as a Catholic layman, and whatever other Catholic topics strike me in a given week. It’s a mix of apologetics, Scripture, and personal experience. I have been posting once a week, and I only started recently at the opening of the Year of Faith.

    My family will continue to pray for your health, your baby’s health, and your intentions. God Bless!

    Blog: http://www.thiscatholicman.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisCatholicMan

  81. Megan


    This blog is a mom who is a friend of mine, she blogs about family, faith, adoption, raising a baby with Down Syndrome. She is hilarious, and real,and so down to earth….

  82. Emily

    A blog you may enjoy – and I’m not just saying this because it happens to be written by my sister – is http://www.anyaelisephotography.com/blog/ It’s a blog with sometimes goofy, sometimes thoughtful (all coffee-driven) posts about life and photography, with many photos thrown in.

    We’re sending prayers your way!

  83. Susan Vigilante

    OK, so it’s my blog. It’s still a good read. Usually.

  84. Erin

    Go to my blog and check out my links to the blogs I read- I recommend Whole Mama, Travels with Children, 2 Kids and a Map, Go Lucy Go, and Run Like a Mother, and Mila’s Daydreams though you’ve probably heard of that one (Long Daze Short Years has lots of good links, too). Otherwise they are mostly blogs of friends and not that interesting if you don’t know them, though you’d be welcome to try. My blog is okay, but I’ve been too busy to do much lately.

  85. Ellie

    Hmmm … Well, there’s mine: … I’m a Christian (Episcopalian) homeschooling mother of Calli, age thirteen, and Joshua, age ten. My eldest, Eli, continues to live at home while working and going to university and helping to take care of the house and me. I have known no greater joy than raising my children. Presently I am coping with disability in the wake of the removal of a brain tumor, and adjusting to a much-altered lifestyle. Writing and making music bring me peace. I live under the Rule of a Religious Order and am working to meld the contemplative life with householding/raising a family. It’s a little noisy πŸ™‚ I’ve blogged for years and write about homeschooling, my faith, adjusting to the post-brain-tumor life, books I’m reading ….

    Jennifer, I hold you in my daily prayers. I hope you are able to find some good new things to read in these comments! You’ve gotten lots of great suggestions!

  86. Cynthia

    Hi Jen!

    I hope so much that you are feeling better day by day. Really and truly, we are praying for you over here in CO.

    I love promoting other blogs. Here are some inspirational blogs I love (which others have mentioned):

    1) You HAVE to check out My Child I Love You (http://www.mychildiloveyou.blogspot.com) She is inspirational and so very faithful to Our Lord and Our Lady. She’s a peach in real life too. Read her words…you won’t be sorry.

    2) Sole Searching Mama (http://www.solesearchingmomma.com). Another lovely, faithful mama who loves running, raising 5 (FIVE) boys and homeschooling. She’s another inspiration to me.

    3. The Boring Blog (http://www.boringboringbored.blogspot.com). Honest, hilarious and such a good writer. Refreshingly transparent as well.

    Ok…there are a ton more that I love…but I’ll leave you with those at the moment. More later if you wish! (Or just check out my blog roll)

  87. Sarah

    http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com… not a religious blog, but her photography and writing bring me oodles of joy. One of my favorites. Slice-of-life with scenes of Portland, OR, some crafting and cooking, and her newly adopted baby girl.

  88. nancyo

    I’m pretty sure that you already read my favorite Catholic slice of life blogs (I got many from your recommendations or the QT link ups). But here’s one I’ve been enjoying:

    Held By His Pierced Hands [http://www.piercedhands.com/blog/] is a blog by a young woman, Meg, who is based out of her car right now, traveling the country for Catholic speaking opportunities.

    Here are a few other Catholic blogs that you might like:

    Tea at Triannon [http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/]: fascinating history and culture tidbits from a Catholic author.

    The Gospel in the Digital Age [http://blog.archny.org/]: Cardinal Dolan’s blog.

    Looking to non-Catholic blogs in my Google Reader that post frequently:

    The Medievalists [http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/] post multiple times a day, and the content is interesting.

    Letters of Note [http://www.lettersofnote.com/] features fascinating correspondence by famous figures. here’s the Best of 2012 post: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/12/best-of-2012.html

    not AT ALL religious, but The Fug Girls [http://gofugyourself.com/] blog has frequent posts and their snarky and clever commentary about celebrity fashion is a hoot.

    and finally, my blog, especially the Quick Takes, has lots of links to stories about art, travel, history, etc., all with a perspective of Catholic faith. My last Quick Takes were of computerized light shows in and on cathedrals around the world, complete with videos: http://roughplacesplain.tumblr.com/post/39638663818/quick-takes-cathedral-light-shows

  89. Eugenia


    I enjoy reading Mindy Goorchenko, an Alaskan nurse, Catholic convert, mother of five. Very insightful, orthodox Catholic blogging. πŸ™‚

  90. Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis

    Jen, this message is both a renewal of prayer for your recovery and a “shameless promotion” of my blog, http://www.shipwrackharvest.blogspot.com. I am a diocesan priest whose delusions of academic prodigies have given way to pastoral exigencies. In this blog I share: theological reflections on ministry; favorite poetry and music; links to noteworthy articles.

  91. Considerer

    I *love* A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall – http://a-fly-on-our-chicken-coop-wall.blogspot.co.uk

    It’s a wonderful, humourous, entertaining window into the life of the author and her hilarious family. They live on a hobby farm (cue much hilarity) and there are six lovely children from teen to tot. The writing is great fun and highly engaging. I feel I have become quite good blog-friends with the lady who writes it, and she’s a superstar – you’re bound to love her.

  92. Valerie @ Momma in Progress

    Jennifer, I hope you are doing better soon. Praying for you here. Have asked my readers to do the same.
    (Insert shameless plug for own blog here.)
    This link is to a summary of 2012 post . . . 30 blog posts linked from this one (10 most popular, 10 least popular, 10 I wish more people had read).
    I write about homeschooling three young children (and the insanity that ensues) while Hubby is out saving the world. Lots of photos. We used to live in Europe (Italy) so many of photos of our travels.
    Oh, and sometimes I get mad . . . which is my most recent post, and what will pop up in the comment love.

  93. Lynette


    My friend’s blog…. “Ruminations from a Catholic convert on the mystery and beauty of living the Catholic faith.”

    She is the one who brought me and my husband into the Catholic faith… some deep stuff on here… and some long posts, so it might take a while to get through πŸ˜‰

  94. Renee G

    Most peaceful, beautiful pictures, homeschool family blog…read it everyday and can’t recommend it highly enough:

  95. Julia Nalle

    If you want to see the cutest little guy who was adopted from a mental institute from Eastern Europe and encounter a couple of parents who were completely and totally changed by their experience over there come over to Micah Six Eight (www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com) and come meet Aaron and our family as we advocate for the ones we left behind.

  96. Jane Costagliola

    I have found this blog very interesting lately, I started reading it for the narcissism Friday blog.
    I hope you feel better soon. God Bless you.

  97. Jenna


    Light commentary on Motherhood, house keeping, meals – always makes me smile! She is Catholic and she shares hints of it, but it’s by no means a Catholic site – just a Mom sharing her experiences.

  98. Marie

    Reread old favorite fiction books.
    My asthma-related breathing problems have never been as bad as you are, but I am very familiar with the exhaustion and lack of brain power. This is one of the reasons we own so many books – because I can’t handle non-fiction or probably even new fiction in that kind of state. I reread old favorites. I reread all 7 Harry Potter books in under 5 days once in that state – while spending some time taking care of my kids.
    Warning: Don’t read P.G. Wodehouse or anything else that make you left if you aren’t breathing well. Laughing takes lots more oxygen than you think.

  99. Happy

    whoops! sorry – MEANT to say – it looks like you have plenty to read, but here are two posts from my blog that you might find entertaining. I’ve yet to meet a scorpion, but I had an adventure with a buffalo on a road trip a couple years ago, and am still laughing about a very unfortunate blackberry pie incident as well. πŸ™‚


    and http://afundamentalshift.blogspot.com/2008/10/reflections-on-incident-with-blackberry.html

  100. Cindy ~ The Veil of Chastity

    Shameless plug from me too. πŸ™‚ My Blog is for single girls to help them understand the benefits of Chastity. Our family is praying for you every night, Jennifer and that sweet baby boy. God love and protect you both, Cindy

  101. richard

    Has anyone recommended “Marta, Julie e Maria” Julie is an American of Portuguese parentage.

  102. Sharon

    I haven’t read through all of the posts but in case no one has mentioned it, I recently discovered a truly lovely family at TinyGreenElephants.com. It is touching to see the love in the family, which went from one young child to three children with the adoption of two Russian children. I read it and think that my prayers for “the innocent children of the world” are being answered in families like theirs. We are including you in our nightly prayers. So glad you have lots of help!

  103. JulianaB

    Happy to put in a shameless plug for my two blogs: a-stamp-a-day.blogspot.com (although I admit, I usually only post for Quick Takes on Fridays) and urbansimplelife.blogspot.com (which features longer, more involved posts about our life in a small house in a big city.

    I’m glad you are home, and sorry for the pain you must be in (plus the general inconvenience with a large family! I can hardly imagine…)

  104. Connie C.

    You and your family are in our prayers, Jen!

    If you like reading about crafty stuff for kids and adults, life with 9 kids (ages 1 – 18,) homeschooling… I’d love for you to drop by my blog: http://hello-refabulous.blogspot.com

    If you like gorgeous photos, artsy stuff and an adorable 1 year-old, my favorite blog is http://alisaburke.blogspot.com/

    Have fun blog hopping! πŸ™‚

  105. Jane

    Hi Jen, I have said some prayers for you and hope your recovery goes well, exhausting as it seems to be.

    My blog is just a reflection of my family and I trying to live out our lives according to our values. I can’t say that it’s extremely diverse (many of my posts recently have been just 7 Quick Takes), but I blog about my life in the booming town of Saskatoon, SK (Canada). (It really is a booming town…according to Saskatchewan cities…most other cities in different provinces strip that title pretty easily though).


  106. Mary Ann

    standingonmyhead is a blog by Fr. Dwight Longnecker, a converted anglican married priest with 4 kids. It is very insightful and one that I actually read through from beginning to end instead of “skimming” like usual!

  107. Julie Y

    Sixintheworld.com is the blog/story of a couple who decides (in 2006) to take a year to travel with their four children — the youngest of whom is 4. The blog has lots of amazing photos as well as down-to-earth details of good and bad days during their year-long adventure. It is especially heart-wrenching to learn that, shortly after they completed their “trip of a lifetime” the mom was diagnosed with cancer. She has since passed away. It truly shows you that you can’t wait until the kids are all at a perfect age before pursing your dreams.

  108. FierceCatolica

    My two favorite blogs are Camp Patton and Ashley Jones’ blog, Oh Jones. Grace just had her 3rd baby, and blogs about her life…she’s absolutely hilarious!

    Oh Jones is another hilarious slice of life blog. ashleyjonesy.com

    I also just started a blog, and it’s going to have a little bit of everything, but I’m mostly going to blog about attempting to not suck at cooking. πŸ™‚

    Praying for you!
    Liz in SA

  109. Judy Watson

    My daughter’s blog: http://www.dulcedomum.wordpress.com

    Jill is going through a difficult pregnancy too (her little John Paul isn’t developing his arms) but she is trusting in God while she and her husband raise their other 4 boys. I am praying for both of you.

  110. Natasha

    I like

    Time Warp Wife. http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2013/01/day-2-cup-half-full-of-grace.html I’m only a couple weeks into her blog but I like it so far.

    The Sacred Page

    Bad Catholic

    Fr Z’s blog

    First Thoughts (lots of wonderful Catholic social teaching content there)

    anything written by the elegant Ms. Emily Stimpson

    Thomas Peters (American Papist)

    and for laughs:

    Parenting is Funny

    Parenting with Crappy Pictures

  111. Rebekah

    Priest’s wife’s blog is excellent and gives a unique and humble perspective of every day life. remnantofremnant.blogspot.com

  112. Ann-Marie

    If shameless self promotion is the deal of the day, feel free to check out my little corner.

    Lots of prayers for you to slow down and truly take the mental and physical time you need to recover.

  113. Sarah M.

    So, I’ll shamelessly plug my own blog which is mostly about living life with my husband and four kids.
    My favorite stranger blog is Whatever by Meg Duerksen. She is great. She loves Jesus, has a great and real marriage, and she has five kids. The site is http://www.megduerksen.typepad.com

  114. Allison Vieira

    Full Bellies, Happy Kids. It’s a food blog but if you clik on the “About Me” section, there are links to her blog diary. I have gotten some really great recipes from her. My husband is Portuguese so I like this one as I am always looking for Portuguese recipes. Hope you feel better soon and God bless!


  115. Allison

    Hello Jen! Been following your story and praying; we know lung issues, with 2 children with cystic fibrosis.

  116. Kelly

    Hi Jen, I’m new to your blog and have been praying for you daily. I can’t imagine going through what you are dealing with, but I am glad that you have so much support and help.

    You did say shameless self-promotion was okay, right? Because I have a blog, Just A Thought, that I really enjoy writing. Just before New Year’s Eve, I hit 10 000 page hits, which was huge for me. I write about my life as a single mom (my daughter is 18), as a chronic illness patient, as a friend, a Christian, a student, an owner of critters (3 cats and 4 ratties),a respite caregiver (my job)…I try to write with honesty and humor, and I address issues that are important to me, like abuse and bullying for example.

    Here’s the link – http://kelly-justathought.blogspot.ca/

    I will keep you in my prayers,

  117. Kellie

    1. Well, of course, there’s BooMama (boomama.net), which’s a “funny Southern mama chats about family, food, TV, crafts, and Jesus” blog that’s closely related to the Big Mama blog linked above (the two women are really close friends).

    2. For sincere thoughts on parenting a family of six kids, plus children’s theater, homeschooling, Christianity, and other things, I really like At a Hen’s Pace (http://atahenspace.blogspot.com/).

    3. Finally, speaking of (like Jeanne from Hen’s Pace) Anglican pastors’ wives with six kids, if you’d like some dry humor, sarcasm, and various photos of kids and food, one blog close to my heart (I know the author well) is An Undercurrent of Hostility (undercurrentofhostility.blogspot.com).

    Those are the least I can offer, since I have you to thank for introducing me to Steve Gershom and Camp Patton, both of which have definitely (like your own site) enriched my blog-reading!

  118. EML

    It seems like you received a lot of recommendations, but I would like to self promote my blog…Barefoot and Sometimes Pregnant (http://bandsp.blogspot.com). I am a mom of four (4 year old, almost 3 year old, almost 2 year old, and 9 month old) with another due in April…a little boy. I blog about life, organizing, and all things homemaking. Please know that you, your little baby and your entire family are in our prayers

  119. Joanne

    You can come check out my blog – Our ABC (Amazing Beautiful Crazy)… Life @ kibbefamily.blogspot.com . I blog about life with two little girls and my husband who is a deacon in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. I also like bemerrykate.com – she has a neat link up – Real Life… – then people can to tell the whole truth on whatever subject they chose!

    I enjoy reading your blog and my prayers will be with you and your baby and your family.

  120. Calah

    Oh sorry, I should have read this before tweeting at you! No books. Got it. Have you checked out Wifeytini? Sarah is hilarious. And the language is terrible. Which I love. I’m a bad Catholic. But seriously, she’s so funny. http://wifeytini.blogspot.com/

    And Kassie (the Secret Vatican Spy) has a new blog! Here’s the link. It’s great. I love her. http://kassierutherford.com/

    Lots of prayers for you. I wish we lived in Austin so I could come help. Also, so I could live in Austin too. Best city ever.

  121. dawn

    I love Ann Althouse’s blog: althouse.blogspot.com

    and The Other Side of the Ocean by Nina Cimic.

    Both of these women are law professors at the University of Wisconsin, and both have interesting perspectives on life.

  122. Rich Swingle

    I went to your Facebook page to post a story about how mentioning your show played into leading a complete stranger to the Lord on the plane today. Reading your condition we offer up our prayers on your behalf along with my blog which tracks stories connected to my performances of one-man plays with biblical and Church history themes. I perform around the world, 25 nations so far, and my plane ride back from Denver, the mention of Minor Revisions, and praying at 30,000′ are at the top.

    My favorite blog is by my cousin and his wife. They adopted a little girl from Guatemala, who was severely injured when struck by a car. It tracks their life with her. Makes me grateful for the health I have and is often uplifting: http://www.avianareese.com/

  123. Amanda

    I totally cannot read all of the comments right now, but if you don’t regularly read Like mother, Like Daughter, Leila and her daughters are wonderful.


    You are still in our prayers. I had a taste of bedrest when I was pregnant with my twins, but I could move more than you and my family size was half of what yours and mine are now. Its got to be difficult. Hope you can at least enjoy guilt free blog checking. πŸ™‚

    • Lissy

      I strongly second Amanda’s recommendation. Reading through “Like Mother, Like Daughter” will give you endless encouragement!! I would start with that blog before any other!

      • Bridget

        STRONGLY third this suggestion. Praying for you and baby πŸ™‚

  124. Cathy Connell

    Prayers for you and baby. Please check out http://www.allisonwelch.com/, the reflections of a Catholic high school Theology teacher. Priceless. She is my son’s theology teacher, and I can tell you she knows how to hand on the faith. Her thoughts are a blessing to read. God bless you.

  125. Nola

    Two words come to mind.
    Behold. Adore.
    I will continue to pray for you and your family.
    For your healing and complete restoration.
    When you have done everything, stand then with the whole armour of God in place.
    This is warfare. Clothed in the armour of God.
    We behold Christ . We adore Christ.
    Love Nola

  126. Camille

    My recommendations:

    Ginny at Small Things (www.gsheller.com) I think of her as a Catholic SouleMama. 6 kids, simple living, knitting, chickens…

    Edie at LifeinGrace (http://www.lifeingraceblog.com/). She homeschools her youngest two (out of four) and is absolutely lovely. A Methodist convert who came to realize that Evangelicalism wasn’t the full story and craved liturgy, tradition, etc. I think she’s got one foot in the Vatican without even knowing it… πŸ™‚ But really, she also has a book club, home decor photos (because her house burnt down two years ago! yowsa – there’s some archived reading!), etc.

    Grace at Camp Patton, duh – you knew that.

    Ana at Time Flies When You’re Having Babies (http://www.timeflieswhenyourehavingbabies.blogspot.com/) Three little adorable girls at home, very funny writing style, lovely mom.

    And… if you have time after those, check out mine. Relatively newish, but tales of my (mis)adventures as a homeschooling mama of three. (assortedjoys.wordpress.com)

  127. Beth

    From her site:
    This blog’s name emerged from the idea that Motherhood is like a monastery … it’s a sacred place, apart from the world, where a seeker can figure out what matters and catch glimpses of God. It’s also like being pecked to death by merciless chickens. Often, while I am being mercilessly pecked, I dream of running away and joining a silent order of monks. Hence – Momastery.

  128. Catherine

    I’m so glad to see Tiffany’s blog thecatholiclibrarian.com
    Highly recommend it! My husband & I will continue to keep you in prayer!

  129. Shannon M. Deitz

    Hi Jennifer, we met at the Catholic Network Marketing and Trade Show back in August…I’ve been following along as you’ve had your own personal adventures. Know that you are in my prayers. I also see that you have more than enough blogs to choose from but I’m offering another. πŸ™‚

    Two years ago I did a Blog 365 day experiment and I’m bringing it back.
    JUST SHOW UP 365
    I began the daily blog January 1, 2013 chronicling the moments in the day that I ‘showed up’, that God ‘showed up for me’…or where I might have failed. I recognize that on any given day there are specific moments that come about not by mere coincidence but providence. In a brief blog I keep tabs each day of the conversations, chance meetings, out of the blue phone calls, unforeseen opportunities, and unstoppable tragedies that take place despite our best laid plans.

    Join me on this365 day journey as I promise to be honest, concise, raw (but not tacky) in living through the emotional recap of what God does in my life when I decide to show up and be present.


    Shannon M Deitz.

    • Shannon M. Deitz

      * correction* Catholic Marketing Network! πŸ™‚ Maybe I need to get some sleep too! πŸ™‚

  130. Sharon

    Hi, Jen. I’ve been lurking for awhile, and intending to comment, but I always seem to be short on worthwhile things to say. You seem to have a plethora of far-better options at your disposal, but I offer my humble blog all the same: http://www.findingvanillaoctopus.blogspot.com. It’s fairly new, and a work-in-progress, but it definitely qualifies as “slice-of-life” and I post daily (often with pictures).

    I’ll be keeping you and your family in prayer. God bless!

    • Sharon

      Sorry, forgot to add a description (my brain is at low-capacity over here, too, as I’m 28+ weeks pregnant). It’s a personal blog about my family. My focus is primarily on my two-year-old daughter, nearly one-year-old son, and current pregnancy.

  131. Kara McClintock

    Hi! My mother follows your blog and suggested that I share with you my family blog. 18 months ago our family was transferred to Suzhou, China with my husband’s company. I blog about our adventures in China, traveling with our young children, trying to explain the culture and often unique & unnoticed parts of our new home with my “What’s That Wednesday” posts, and our ongoing plans to adopt from China (in honor of National Adoption month I blogged every day in November in adoption). I would be honored if you would visit my blog, Table for Five (mcclintockclan.blogspot.com). Many blessings during this challenging time.

  132. Jennifer G

    Keeping you and your family in my daily prayers.
    I like nie nie dialogues (Mormon mom of 5 who survived a horrific plane crash in 2008 very upbeat and light). For the love of a house and country farm house are absolute eye candy for pictures. It’s a visual vacation to look at the pictures of these beautiful redone farm houses in rural New Hampshire and the Pacific Northwest. If you want some recommendations on podcasts I love Father John Ricardo and Dr. Ray Guardndi (hysterical catholic psychologist with 10 adopted kids). I love to download there podcasts and put my feet up and listen to them in the evening.

  133. Faith

    Please tell me you already read “A Holy Experience” by Ann Voskamp.
    Farmers wife; homeschools six children; author; She is so real.

  134. Marge

    These are my favorites “One Good Thing by Jillee” – Pioneer Woman and Money Saving Mom….

  135. Kelly

    Here is my blog. I don’t have a ton on there but post periodically on where I see God and how I feel His call in my crazy chaotic life. You can check it out at stumblingtoemmaus.wordpress.com
    Praying for you!

  136. Andi

    Why, mine, of course! BringingtheSunshine.com

    I’m an ordinary mom with extraordinary kids, living an ordinary yet extraordinary life. Join me as I navigate the waters of life with a daughter with cerebral palsy, a son with Down syndrome, an adventurous husband, a wild Westie, a rescued Schnoodle, a camera, and a worn out pair of running shoes.

    Like Kelle Hampton, but Catholic and without the unicorns. πŸ˜‰

  137. Dana@DeathbyGreatWall

    Oh, I love to read blogs as well. And I love writing my blog, Death by Great Wall: stories of older child adoption and family life. http://www.deathbygreatwall.com I blog to paint a picture of what older child adoption looks like in real life. I tell stories. . .lots of stories. Come on over!

  138. Laura

    Well! I am all about shameless self promotion! ;p I blog at http://waldenmommyandfamily.blogspot.com about my life with a Herd of children, natural parenting, green living, schooling, our faith (we’re Catholic and don’t homeschool OR do private school! SHOCK! HORROR! ;p) and prematurity and speech disorders. How are those related? Pop over and take a look…

    Btw, love all the “new” blogs to check out! I have some new reading material to help me put off housework… I mean, grow as a human. Yeah. πŸ™‚

  139. Laura @ Mothering Spirit

    Shameless self-promotion category πŸ™‚ I blog about intersections of parenting, spirituality and theology at http://motheringspirit.wordpress.com/

    And I’ve started a new guest post series with the new year about “How I Nurture My Mothering Spirit” from some of my favorite mother-writers about how they connect with God and care for themselves during the crazy seasons of parenting. Every Wednesday I’m sharing wisdom from these wonderful kindred spirits – it’s the kind of uplifting-but-real stuff that my soul is craving in this dark winter.

    Prayers for peace to you and your family…

  140. Megan at SortaCrunchy

    Oh, Jen. I am just praying so much for you and thinking of you daily. As I move into these last weeks of pregnancy with twins, I find I’m confined to bed (and reading) (and boredom) far more than I would like to be. However, I have nothing to deal with on the same level of seriousness that you do right now!

    The vast majority of blogs I read are rooted in evangelical views on life, so I don’t know if they would interest you.

    For less spiritually-minded but still visually appealing and inspiring reading, I love:

    Soule Mama http://soulemama.com/ – peaceful, creative living blog from a homesteading/hobby farm in Maine. Amanda’s tone is so inviting and peaceful. She has been a favorite for years!

    Dig This Chick http://www.digthischick.net/ – creative mama with a small business sharing about life in Montana with her family. Lots of emphasis on simple, intentional living.

    I also LOVE LOVE LOVE slice of life blogs from places I want to live but know I will never – for example, NYC.
    I love both Nat the Fat Rat http://www.natthefatrat.com/ and Love, Taza http://lovetaza.com/ are sweet, fun looks at life in Manhattan with small children. I especially love Natalie’s essays on infertility, motherhood, and living far from family.

    Finally, my long-time and dear friend Laura writes the Hollywood Housewife which is a down-to-earth look at family life in LA (with plenty of Hollywood style mixed in): http://www.hollywoodhousewife.com/

  141. Mary @ Parenthod

    I guess technically my own blog qualifies as “slice of life”, but it seems weird to recommend myself (I write primarily for my missionary parents who live in Angola and are missing their grandkids, though anyone is welcome to read along.)

    Some of my favourites: Graspingforobjectivity.com Mom of two living in Alabama. Very funny – once wrote a post abouttip email art which was simultaneously fascinating AND disgusting. I also find her interesting because Alabama is very different from where I live (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), but then again that’s one reason I enjoy your blog!

    Owlhaven.net Mom of ten kids (!) – posts about adoption, living frugally and cooking on a budget.

    becomingsarah.com Hasn’t been posting too much lately since she just had a baby but she amuses me when she does. In the middle of a foster-adoption when she emerges from newborn fog, describes herself as an “organic hippie”. Also, she has oranges growing in her backyard! Can you tell I live in a completely different climate???

    somedaywewillsleep.com From Tasmania! Veronica has three kids with varying medical challenges and a lot of chickens. She only just got indoor plumbing (!)

    danigirl.ca Local mom of three boys who posts the most amazing photographs of my city.

    quietfish.com/notebook Local mom of two girls who blogs about things to do in Ottawa (also great photos), quasi-famous here for sugar-free / no shopping challenges as well as major recent reno.

  142. Kaitlin

    My mom is the best person that I know, she is also a hospice nurse, and generally hilarious person (I know that hospice and hilarious stories do not typically go together, but somehow she makes it work). She hasn’t blogged recently as my grandmother has been sick, hopefully she will find some time to write soon, but until then check out her archives. (I would start with “the chicken story” http://www.lendingstrengthbearingwitness.com/?p=471 )
    Her blog is lendingstengthbearingwitness.com

    ch-ch-check it out! πŸ™‚
    You and your family are in my prayers, Jenn

  143. victoria

    It’s not a Catholic blog, but I love Amanda Soule’s blog, soulemama.com. She’s a homeschooling mom of five who’s semi-homesteading in rural Maine, her photography is great, and it’s always just warm and cozy.

  144. Elisa

    I have been praying for you and your family; I was so glad to read that you are on your way to recovery. I hope you will take a look at my blog, “Tercets.” I write about mothering, teaching, and writing with a focus on liturgical crafts, healthy eating, and poetry.

  145. polly

    If you haven’t read Pleasantview Schoolhouse or Like Mother, Like Daughter, then please do yourself a favor! PVS (http://pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com/) is my all-time favorite blog–maybe because I have a lot in common with Anna, who writes it. (We’re both ex-attorneys, homeschooling, and domestically-oriented!) LMLD (http://ourmothersdaughters.blogspot.com/) is just chock-full of wisdom from a lady who has been there and done that–her posts on education and homelife are SOLID. They are my two favorite blogs, and I don’t have time to read many at all!

  146. Laura Buening


    On this rock is a blog by a young priest in the archdiocese of Indianapolis.

    Blog written by a Christian woman with 4 biological children in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. I really like her post about not wanting her children to be happy which is linked at the top of her blog page.

    I hope that you begin to feel some improvement soon. I have had 4 difficult pregnancies, and while I have never experienced the breathlessness of which you speak, I have been immobile and had that feeling of being easily overwhelmed and needing to minimize the chaos of a busy household. I will continue to pray that The Lord will give you consolation. When I felt really poorly during my pregnancies I would offer up my suffering with prayer for a woman who might be considering, or planning an abortion. Or I would offer it up for my friends who were childless and waiting to be chosen to receive a baby through adoption. I would joke with my friends that for all my sickness they should be getting that adoption call any day. They were chosen and our children are just 3 months apart. Continuing to pray for you often

  147. Andrea

    One of my very favorites is Stay at Beach Mom! http://www.stayatbeachmom.com/ Lots of great encouragement and so well written. Praying for you, Jen!

  148. Nicole

    Hello. I just happened on your blog. I am sorry you are going through so much! Here are some blogs I love:

    I know God is mindful of you and your baby and your family!

  149. JoAnn

    I have been folllowing your blog on your health issues and want you to know that you are in my prayers. I do a blog that is only a daily reflection on the Mass readings of the day. I hope you go ot it and enjoy it. God bless and keep doing what the Doctor says!!! Know you are in a lot of people’s prayers.

    • JoAnn

      Oops – my website is catholiccat1.wordpress.com

  150. Mary @ Parenthood

    abouttip email art should have read about toe nail art… Silly auto-correct!

  151. Mandi @ Messy Wife, Blessed Life

    Do you like fashion blogs? I love theevangelista.com. Not just any fashion blog, a Catholic fashion blog with quite a bit of Catholic!

  152. Therese

    Shamelessly plugging my blog as well. Trying to get back at it in 2013…I’d love a visit!

  153. Lucy

    One of my favorite blogs (next to yours, of course!) is Like Mother Like Daughter. It’s really fun because it’s written by a Catholic, homeschooling mother and two of her grown daughters (she has seven children). She still has at least one child at home doing school, so she’s still in the middle of it, but feels a calling to “preserve the collective memory.” I love Leila’s writing style and she has all sorts of motherly advice for women who care for their homes and children, but who would almost always rather be reading a book. She’s quite witty, as well. http://ourmothersdaughters.blogspot.com/

    You might also appreciate Close to Home. Written by an Orthodox mom of four, she also has a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. I’ve been reading her blog for years (she also has a book out called Close to Home) and she includes lots of beautiful pictures, as she has a growing photography business. http://mollysabourin.com/

    And for funny, try Fiddledeedee. I don’t read her blog all the time anymore, but she’s an older, homeschooling mom of three in Florida. She is hilarious! Her stories about her son, especially when he was young, will make you laugh until you cry! Ok, maybe not good for you. πŸ™‚ But she keeps it very real. Read her archives. She used to play poker with Brad Pitt. http://www.fiddledeedee.net/

    Prayers for you and your family during this very difficult time!

  154. Kitty

    It’s not a blog, per se, but there’s a great vlog called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It’s a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, told through the internet on a bunch of different platforms. There are a bunch of short 5 minute videos, in addition to twitters for the main characters, and tumblr accounts for some, too. They are good for short attention spans, because you can watch a few at a time and pick up pretty easily again, and the story is familiar.

    I’ve been praying for you! Rest up πŸ™‚

  155. andrea frazer

    I write a blog about my son’s journey with Tourette Syndrome. It’s syndicated at the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome. I throw in a lot about faith, too.

  156. Kenj

    Mine, although I’m totally intimidated that you would read it. πŸ˜‰ my husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest, I home school our four children eight and under, I love reading, Downtown Abbey and Agatha Christie, decorating, not-cooking, thinking about psychology and eating chocolate. My son has a learning glitch that makes it difficult for him to read, so I also write about the therapy/tutoring that we do with him—juggling, quadrant writing, right and left brained cross-meridian stuff.

  157. Bella

    praying for you!I am not as talented as all the rest of catholic bloggers. I post some videos, thoughts, life goings on and just other stuff that makes me think and laugh or ponder.Maybe if you read mine, you will appreciate your talent even more!

  158. Sharon Holland

    I realized I didn’t leave descriptions on the blogs I recommended as you asked, so I’ll comment again and mention my real-life friend Jennifer’s blog: http://jenniferjantzestes.wordpress.com/

    She is a poet and Orthodox Christian living in Ohio, writing about her life. Her writing and photos are beautiful.

  159. Joy Davidson

    Hi Jen, My goodness, scrolling through all these comments made me exhausted and I don’t have any pulmonary issues.. so, I feel a little guilty adding to the load- but, I am recommending a book- so I won’t add to the blog recommendations. Last winter (i live in AK) I was pregnant with my 5th and on crutches (for 5 months). I read this book and absolutely loved it: The Father’s Tale by O’Brien (btw, I am a catholic convert as well). There is a scene from this book which I hope and pray will be with me in my final hour on earth- that is how good it is. The beautiful lessons God had for me during that time were precious and I am so thankful for it and wouldn’t exchange it for all the health in the world. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  160. Amanda


    She is a Christian mom of 4 kids (2 adopted from Ethiopia) and she also creates AMAZINGLY beautiful art. She posts tons of pictures of her kids and her art and posts almost every day! She mostly discusses faith and family life.

  161. DI


    This is a fairly new blog written by a faithful, young Catholic priest who is also a pastor.

  162. S

    I enjoy http://www.fiddledeedee.net – Christian homeschooling mother of three, very humorous slice-of-life posts, as well as archived posts on her eventual diagnosis with chronic Lymes disease and her son’s skin issues.

    Glad to hear you’re resting and stable!

  163. Meghan

    I love this post as an amazing resource for finding blogs. I have been trying to expand on the blogs I read, but sometimes it is really hard to find the good ones without that little snippet of info on what they are about. Thank you!

    This blog doesn’t really fall into the categories you described, but I think you might love it.
    It is written by the Dominican brothers. There is a post every weekday. Usually it has a religious aspect. Also, the lengths of each post are quite reasonable (long enough to be interesting, short enough to not lose interest).

    Also, lately I love blogging! I write about whatever I feel like, and then I call it an adventure. Last June I got my PhD and my Mrs, then I moved to Sweden for a job. I had my husband with me for awhile, but he just had to return to the states. I think these are typical adventures for a couple in the world of academia, but not necessarily in the world of Catholicism. So that has been interesting. I’m hoping that our future changes lean toward awesome.. and also living together. That would be swell. Usually my blogging is not so serious, but sometimes I just have to get serious.

    I’d be happy to have you read along!

  164. Betsy

    I love Monsignor Pope’s blog which is always good for reflection. http://blog.adw.org/

    St. Bernardine of Siena you are the patron saint of those with lung and respiratory problems, pray for us and for Jennifer especially.

  165. Caryn

    Caffeinated Catholic Mama.

  166. Cristina

    You are too funny, pretty much all of my favorite blogs have been your recommendations so I doubt I know of any that you don’t already read!

    I know you’ve popped by my little slice of life blog before but in case you haven’t been in a while I *should* have gratuitous (and of course adorable) newborn baby pictures coming in about three weeks, give or take, if you’re interested in that sort of thing πŸ™‚

  167. Becky

    I’m not sure you would like my blog, it’s all about rosaries. Not that rosaries aren’t interesting, but it might put you to sleep.

    I read Lord, Make me a Saint. Jamie Jo is just a regular Mama who homeschools her six kids; she doesn’t really try to impress people with her blog and the way she talks is like a girlfriend. Very friendly and easy to get to know.
    Also does a lot of pictures.

    I’ve also got to tell you about my nephew’s blog–my little Dominic. Dominic Pio has a really interesting story for being only 6 months old. He was born with a rare disorder called encehpalocele (sp?). This is where the skull doesn’t close completely when being formed in the womb; a huge gap was created (of which skin covered) and a sac of brain fluid was sticking out of his face. He has a severe cleft palate from his mouth all the way up his nose, which has since been corrected. Recovery has been tough though; he coded twice and we’ve found out he has water diabetes which can cause seizures, which leads to the coding. A lot has happened since his recovery; however, his story has inspired people from all over the country.


    I also just wanted to add that I completely “get it” when you talk about being overwhelmed eaily by stress. Three years ago, I had a massive heart attack right after the birth of my 4th child and during recovery at home, I was easily overwhelmed by my own children. I can’t even tell you how hard this was–I wasn’t even able to be around them. The usual noise and excitement they made always would make my blood pressure plummet and I would literally become faint and have to retreat to my room. So even in my own house, I was unable to be around even people. I was hospitalized many times because of the weakness due to stress. So you have my sympathy, believe me. All I can say is, do your best to rest. It’s difficult when you can hear your children shouting through the walls but rest is what you have to do in order to get back on your feet.

    Many prayers for you during your recovery, and I’m very glad that so far, everything has gone well! (For a blood clot that is.)

    • Molly Makes Do

      I’ve been offering up my work days at my job in a children’s hospital for your nephew since the first of the year and will continue to do so until he’s home with his loving family!

  168. Tina

    I’m at a real loss here because I think every blog I read, I “discovered” by reading YOUR blog. Even Pioneer Woman. Would you consider taking on a couple of prayer requests? A classmate of my 17 year old son was involved in a serious jet ski accident two and a half years ago. Danielle’s we have all been praying for a miracle to cure her of traumatic brain injury. You can follow her progress at her Caring Bridge site http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/danielleloftus

    Also,there is a young couple in my town whose nine month old has a very serious skin condition. The mother blogs about Brenna at http://blessedbybrenna.blogspot.com/.

    Praying for you!

  169. Kris

    Camp Patton and Testosterhome. My two favorites. Although I’m sure you already read those!

  170. Jessica Valencia

    I like http://www.rantsfrommommyland.com It’s a very funny look at motherhood. I laugh out loud regularly. It talks about the joys of motherhood and gives a humorous approach to what can be frustrating for moms, especially stay-at-home moms. They have their own clever lingo they made up so be sure to read the “MDR”- Mommy’s Desk Reference first. They talk about all kinds of things like the “perfect mommy” who can make us feel inferior if we let it…to the funny things like the “dirty laundry fairy” who visits way too often.

    • Kaitlin F.


  171. Kris, in New England

    Shameless self-promotion: Noodling On It. Varies depending on the day – slice of life, current events, politics, faith. Variety depends on my mood and boy are there lots of those. πŸ™‚

    And my prayers for your continued healing and the safety of your family.

  172. Amy B

    First, wanted you to know I have been lifting you and the baby and your family up in prayer daily!

    It looks like you have plenty of recommendations, but might as well give you more! πŸ™‚

    Mama:Monk – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/michaboyett/ She is a BEAUTIFUL writer!!
    Young House Love – http://life.younghouselove.com/ I think others have already recommended, but just had to add my recommendation as well.

    And my own blog – well I wouldn’t mind if you read! I definitely fit the slice of life category, I think. Although I am not the most consistent blogger. And just as a warning – I have a complicated relationship with the Catholic Church, and a story that everyone tells me would make a good book. I don’t know about that! But even though I am not Catholic anymore, it doesn’t make me hold anything against anyone who is Catholic. You can read my story here: http://chaseafterwind.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Story

    On any case – GET WELL!!!! Love, a loyal reader.

  173. Cottage By The Sea

    I’d love to give you something to read while you’re laid up. My blog, “Cottage By The Sea” is full of lots of my original photos of the beaches of Southern California where I live. I talk about the shenanigans of my large family, my love for the Catholic Faith, and I try to always keep my subject matter light and fun! Welcome and I hope you are well soon. Many prayers your way.

  174. John Rogers


    I will also submit my blog for your perusal: manfullyalive.com

    “Man Fully Alive was launched in January 2013. Our writers, podcasters, and videographers are on a simple mission: to seek out signs of hope in human life and share them with the world.

    Our hope comes from Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, from whom we learn that the human person is not destined for oblivion, but for heaven. As people of faith, we believe that each person is more than a cog in the machine of industry, a bodiless intellect, or an accident born of natural processes. Instead, every person is a creature of flesh, shot through with divine light, able to discover, contemplate, and act upon what is true, good, and beautiful.”

  175. Lisa

    I love reading through the comments because now I have some new blogs I can peruse!! But if you STILL need more, you can come visit me at mine. It’s nothing much. Sometimes I talk about infertility and openness to life. Mostly I just post photos of my adorable kids. (I feel like I can brag about the adorable-ness of my kids without feeling overly prideful because I had no hand in creating them. They are both adopted and got their adorable genes from someone else. God has been good to us.)

  176. James

    Here are some of my favorites.

    Felice Mi Fa: (felicemifa.wordpress.com) Religion teacher by day, opera singer by night.

    Vita Catholic: (vitacatholic.com) Lots of Catholic stuff here. Prayers, saints, etc. She posted a great novena to St. John of the Cross right before Christmas.

    No Wealth But Life: (nowealthbutlife.com) The personal blog of Vita Catholic. Twenty-something Catholic wife blogging about life. She has a goal of posting every day in January.

  177. Jeannine

    You will get lost in the beauty of Simple Thoughts. It’s so inspiring and makes me hopeful for the stage of parenting teens and college-aged children.


    The comment luv will actually connect you to my post today which coincidentally (or not!) is a recommendation of her blog. Praying, praying, praying for you and baby and all the awesome Fulwilers.

  178. Sara

    Hi Jen:

    Three recommendations for you:

    1. Another Espresso, Please: http://anotherespressoplease.net/

    This is a Catholic mom with both biological and adopted kids AND her oldest son just joined the Order of Preachers at the Province of St. Joseph here in Washington DC (YAY Dominicans!)

    Here’s a gorgeous open letter she wrote to moms of children who enter religious life: http://anotherespressoplease.net/2012/07/25/open-letter-to-the-new-novice-moms/

    The daily happenings in her family are awfully sweet.

    2. Dominicana – http://www.dominicanablog.com/

    Speaking of Dominicans in Washington DC, here is a blog the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies keep. FULL of wonderful (but manageable) reads

    3. The Apostolate: http://www.apostolateblog.com/

    A start-up blog written by a rag-tag group of Catholic young adults, again in Washington DC (surely, you are sensing a theme). You might enjoy some of our musings.

    Praying for you!

  179. Lu

    Oh, and if you can look at it without getting too excited, I HIGHLY recommend Pinterest!

  180. Janelle

    I am going to throw a vote in for Posie Gets Cozy. It’s a beautiful blog, one of my very favorites.

  181. Mary

    Jen, it looks like you have a lot of new blog recommendations already. But if you are still search for a light-hearted, honest, picture-filled blog about everyday life to read, check out my sister’s blog:


    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon!

  182. Lisa

    Praying for you, Jen! A fav blog of mine:

  183. TRS

    I’ll shamelessly plug mine as well …
    as a single adult Catholic, I have a different perspective from all the mommy bloggers. My goal is to help all those blessed momma’s see ways to relate to their single friend/ sister/ SILs or just that lovely woman in church who is always there alone and has to wait for someone to be freed up before she is offered the sign of peace in Mass.

    The post I’m most proud of right now… that best explains who I am is this one: http://singlesolitarythings.blogspot.com/2012/11/journey-through-desert.html

  184. RosieB

    I hope you are feeling God’s graces. I lifted you up on my rosary prayer this morning and in mass as well!!
    I hope it’s not offensive that I’m recommending this blog by an atheist mom of 7 kids. I don’t mean to stir controversies, but it’s just really interesting how she writes about motherhood, special needs children, atheism, etc with so much passion.


  185. Sheila

    In case you need something completely different, here is my friend Angela’s quilting blog: http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com

    I don’t quilt but I love looking at the beautiful things she creates.

    Praying for you!

  186. Rosita

    A lot of what I follow is already on your sidebar, but a few others that might interest you

    http://paradoxuganda.blogspot.com/ – The mother and father are both doctors in Kenya (previously they were in Uganda) and they share about their work in the hospital and also raising their children and the transitioning as the older ones go off to college in the US.

    http://anymommyoutthere.com/ – Shares stories about her family on a range of topics. I don’t always agree with her, but I love her writing and her love of her husband and children.

    http://jenniferlawler.com/category/finding-your-voice/ – A writer and a mother of a daughter with serious health issues. Start of “For Jessica” (although it will probably make you cry, so make sure you are up for that). Her recent “Travels with Jessica” stories are such great little insights. Her posts on writing and publishing might interest you as well, but I haven’t read them.

    http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/ – Large family in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Lots of family stories and also stories of the Maternity Center they are associated with.

    Praying for you all during this time.

  187. Lauren

    Jennifer! My two favorites are these:
    bettyduffy.blogspot.com (you KNOW her already)
    http://ourmothersdaughters.blogspot.com/ (Like Mother, Like Daughter)

    Praying for peace, patience and speedy healing for you!

  188. Jenj

    You can read about all the crap my daughter’s been through bc of 22q deletion syndrome / digeorge / velocardiofacial syndrome. I started it shortly after she was born in 2008 and have all sorts of crazy going ons. She’s pretty hardcore tough.

    Anyway, praying for you Jennifer! Hope you feel back to normal soon and baby and you are very healthy!

    God bless!

  189. Pauline

    One of my favorite inspiring and comforting blogs to read is Like Mother Like Daughter. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Auntie Leila is a Catholic mom of 7 who was not prepared for things domestic and likes to say “if I can do it, so can you.” It’s so true. I only wish I found her sooner. She breaks everything down so that it’s intuitive and much less complicated than it seems. One of her best pieces of advice is to shower first thing every morning–no matter what. Sounds so simple but how many stay at home moms fall into the no shower trap? Here are some of my favorite archived posts: http://ourmothersdaughters.blogspot.com/2009/01/can-your-new-years-resolutions-take.html

    I know you’re not feeling well and things are probably off schedule. Some days may be better than others, but some sort of routine might help you feel like you have a little control in your life right now. Auntie Leila is just the person to inspire you!

  190. Tami

    Jen, have been praying and praying for you. I will do the shameless plug for my own blog – it is on culture of life and healing relationships, etc. I’ve even linked to one of your NCRegsister posts!


    I would also recommend Pioneer Woman – http://thepioneerwoman.com/ – her posts about her dog, Charlie, are quite entertaining!

  191. Molly Makes Do

    I love that you featured Christy I! She’s become a dear blog friend of mine and wrote some great things for our “Little HolyDays” link up in December. You should check out Haley over at Carrots for Michaelmas – I think you’d like her (also my co-host for our link up) http://carrotsformichaelmas.com/

    You’re always welcome over at mine – I’ll be starting to post on my RCIA experience in the next week or so.

  192. Amanda

    I don’t keep a blog, but two (non Catholic but Christian) blogs I love are http://itsalmostnaptime.blogspot.com/, written by a mother of 4 biological and 1 in the process of coming home from Ethiopia. She’s an Austin-ite too.

    I also love http://sortacrunchy.typepad.com/, written my a mom of 2 who is expecting twin boys next month. Fun times there.

    I am praying for you! Be well.

  193. Shirley

    I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. You and the baby BOY are in all my prayers! I don’t have any blog recommendations but I am reading a book that I think you might be able to focus on (short snippets, and lots of practical tips to help you and others keep things going in your house over the next few months). It’s called Large Family Logistics, and now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure there’s a website/blog. Take care of yourself and may God grant you peace!

  194. Amanda

    Having a daughter with down syndrome myself, I was going to suggest Kelle Hampton. I’m glad you already read her, she’s brilliant! So, I’m going the funny route and recommending http://pudgeandzippy.blogspot.com/ Her posts are usually pretty short but you have a lot of back story to catch up on that could keep you occupied for a while. I just hope the laughing doesn’t make it harder for you to breath, this mom is hilarious. Best wishes to you for a quick recover!

    • Amanda

      Forgot to mention what this blog is about. This couple has adopted two children with Down Syndrome and recently had a new baby. The oldest two are 3yr/4 yr olds, 11 months apart in age. She posts about different things she’s working on with her kids, but mostly about the havoc they create! It is obvious she gets through the days with a large dose of humor! πŸ™‚ Both children also had heart surgeries and other complications that they had to overcome in their early years that you would read about in her early entries.

  195. English Sarah

    In case nobody else has mentioned this one, Like Mother, Like Daughter is excellent! Auntie Leila is amazing! Find her at http://ourmothersdaughters.blogspot.co.uk/

    • English Sarah

      Auntie Leila is like the Catholic Mother/Aunt you wish you’d always had.

      To describe her and her blog, I’ll let her own words do the talking. She would “rather read a novel than wash a toilet (am I alone here?), and who shorted out a whole apartment building ironing a shirt the first year of her marriage”

  196. Julia

    I love Camp Patton blog for sure and also Young House Love. There are so many out there to choose from.

    My blog is mostly a chronical of what I make in my spare time but I am starting to write more about my life via your quick takes. http://www.designerjules.blogspot.com/ Check it out if you are REAALLY bored.

  197. Sigrun

    One of my favorite blogs is Ali’s African Adventures at http://alirae.net/blog/ She’s a nurse on one of the Mercy Ships, and has such a way of saying a great deal with very few words. Just now she has a small baby and although back on the ship she is not working, but if you go back to beginning & read through it is very inspiring.

    Next suggestion: http://theblessingofverity.com/ The Mussers family, with 10 of their own biological childen, last year adopted a little girl with many medical needs from Bulgaria, and are right adopting another boy from there as well (mother is blogging from Bulgaria at the moment).

  198. Eric Neubauer

    Dear Jennifer,

    You just need to read what I wrote about you: http://wp.me/p1SY85-e8

    My blog is about my journey to Christ (@21) and then the Catholic Church (5 years ago) – after a decade as a protestant pastor and missionary. I love to share about faith, the journey, (some current events), pilgrimage and what I have learned along the way. I hope it inspires as you have inspired me – CNMC2012

    Eric Neubauer

  199. Colleen Duggan

    Here are a few blogs I’ve been reading regularly lately–

    http://booksmartgirl.blogspot.com Tess gives book recommendations I love and if you’ve never read Waugh’s Brideshead Revisted she has a post on how to navigate it (an awesome post too!)

    http://RhondaOrtiz.com Rhonda happens to be a personal friend of mine but she’s also a serious writer working to develop her craft. Her site is a mixture of stuff on writing, life, and motherhood but all of it is thoughtfully written.

    http://www.gaudeteindomino.com/ by Tina F. Whenever I read Tina’s blog, I am struck by the fact she’s just a really good, conscientious person. She’s a beautiful Catholic and her photos are gorgeous and she tries everyday to be better, which in turn motivates and inspires me.

    I also second (or third) the Heather King blog recommendation. I love her and I’ve read all her books but I’m a sucker for a great sinner to saint story, which is what I believe King is (or is trying to be, anyway).

    Jennifer, I’ve been including you and your family in my daily rosary and count on them from now until you are better.

  200. Tania

    I’m a fellow former atheist/agnostic, now Catholic revert and homeschooler. I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated your honesty and generosity in sharing your journey! It’s almost scary how much your thoughts and experiences mirror mine, and you express them so much better than I ever could. You have provided me and countless others with inspiration, encouragement, and lots of laughter! THANK YOU!

    I highly recommend a blog written by a speaker I heard at a Catholic homeschool conference this past summer. It’s called Wildflowers and Marbles and is written by another Jen! She advocates a Classical, modified Charlotte Mason approach to Catholic homeschooling, with inspiring guidance on the how and why of it. She also provides incredible tips on organization and for homeschoolers, and she presents everything with such beauty! Her blog has plenty of lovely photos of her children and their schoolroom (her former dining room). It all looks so pleasant and inviting…if only I could send my daughters to her to be homeschooled!


    Blessings…my daughters and I are praying for you!!

  201. Teresa Grodi

    Jenn, we’re continuing to pray for you.

    I LOVE Joanna Bogle. Period. She has a blog, although it doesn’t even come close to listening to her speak. She is brilliant and a Brit! I’ve been going through all the years of the Coming Home Network’s Deep in History Conferences and I love the years that she comes to speak! http://joannabogle.blogspot.com/

    I’ve also been loving the Distributist Review lately: http://distributistreview.com/

    The Coming Home Network also has a blog and Dr. Ken Howell has been contributing lately. I think he is just marvelous: http://chnetwork.org/blog/

    If all else fails, there’s always Pinterest πŸ˜‰ You can get lost on their homeschooling and Paleo boards!

    Lots of love and prayers coming your way!

  202. patty

    Hi Jennifer,

    Praying for you lady…only recently discovered your blog and I love it!

    I recently started the blog thingy too…

    Newly married, youth Minister, and grad student…just thoughts and insights to life, faith, marriage, etc.

    Hugs and prayers!

  203. Laura M

    I’m glad to hear from you. I’d recommend http://www.amongstlovelythings.com/. I love her blog. She talks about her life as a catholic mom and posts pretty pictures. And she also announced that she’s pregnant, with twins! and her youngest is like less than a year old, so that should bring a whole new level of fun πŸ™‚

  204. Deb H

    I am sure you are already familiar with clan donaldson @ http://www.clan-donaldson.com
    But I would recommend Small things-a blog with lots of pictures and crafty things from a rural catholic family (although her life seems so idealic and pastoral).
    The other blog which I would recommend comes with lots of photos and small thoughts to ponder, is Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience @www.aholyexperience.com
    Good reading and hope you feel better soon.

  205. Cheryl

    Hi Jen–I’ve been praying for you and your family.

    After my daughter graduated from college she did a two-year stint as a Franciscan Volunteer Minister at St Francis Inn in Philadelphia.http://www.stfrancisinn.org

    While she was there she blogged about her experience. She did it as a way for all of her friends and family to keep abreast of what she was doing. She’s a pretty good writer and I loved to read her view of things and get a piece of her day. Here is the link: http://be-the-change-katelyn.blogspot.com

    When she left Philly she moved to Tampa (where she currently lives). She is working as a case manager in a home for girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who are either pregnant or have babies.

    She loves to cook and started a blog about it. She hasn’t been as diligent about posts, but I think it is still entertaining reading πŸ™‚ Here is the link to that: http://www.hungryhealthyandhomesteady.blogspot.com

    Enjoy and may God bless you and your family!

  206. Susan

    I have been reading a beautiful blog about a family and their little girl, Nora, born with Trisomy 18. Beautiful pictures, beautiful attitude…it’s been a privledge to peek in at their life. The mom writes about finding out about the abnormality and how they put their trust in God. The pictures from Nora’s birth are breathtaking. Originally called “I will carry you” the blog is now called noraroseyusko.com
    Praying for you, baby, and your family!

  207. Josee

    You’ve received so many blog suggestions! It’s fun to browse through everyone’s comments and check out some great new blogs πŸ™‚ I couple blogs I enjoy are http://www.elisaloves.com, http://www.motheringwithmindfulness.com and http://www.sparklingadventures.com (nomadic mother and young daughters). I also enjoy many of the blogs that others recommended. Of course you are welcome to check out my blog as well: http://www.backwoodsmama.com. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  208. Jackie

    Wow, so many replies I don’t know if you will even read this or if anyone else suggested it, but there is a great website with a forum for ladies on bedrest!


    You can just read other ladies’ posts if you don’t feel like interacting. But it may help your sanity to hear from others going through a similar situation!

    Best wishes!

  209. Elena

    Glad you are getting a chance to do a little reading anyway! My blog is almost 10 years old so you could follow the story (such as it is) through the years! 10 years ago my kids were 13, 9, 7, 4, 3 and the baby wasn’t even here yet. Now they are 23, almost 20, 17, 14, 13 and 7. So there’s some perspective. πŸ˜‰

  210. Kaitlin F.

    rantsfrommommyland Hilarious, lots of old posts to read and get you smiling. Also, if you haven’t already, get a pinterest account (and friend me). Best way to waste time ever πŸ˜‰ Praying for you with my boys! ~Kaitlin Finn

    • Kaitlin F.

      er, and my husband says, read our blog!

  211. Meg

    Am I the only Catholic Mom who likes to read blogs by mothers of other faith traditions? Check out dorcussmucker.blogspot.com. She is a Mennonite mom of many, columnist and published author. Kind of Mennonite-centric but also has a lot of good stuff about simple living as way to follow Christ. I also like Mormon mommy blogs. Nieniedialogues.blogspot.com is written by a Mormon mom. She’s got awesome taste in decorating and clothes. She was also burned and disfigured in a small plane crash, so there is a lot of depth to her blog too. I’m a cradle Catholic but other forms of Christianity (particularly the less mainline ones)have fascinated me since I was a child. I’m not really interested in the doctrine, but more the way the doctrine shapes daily living and family life.
    I was able to watch episode 1 of your show and was so sorry to miss the other episodes. I am praying for you and your family.

  212. Cassie

    I recommend The Common Room: http://thecommonroomblog.com/
    It’s written primarily by a Christian homeschooling mom of 7, though her youngest is 13 and her two oldest are married. A few of the daughters also post every now and then. The writer goes by DHM (Deputy Headmistress) and she posts on a wide variety of topics, from homeschooling, to family life and events, to politics, to education….
    I think The Common Room is the blog I’ve been reading the longest…maybe 7 or 8 years? It’s funny, but I feel like I know her family just by having read about their goings-on and going through major life events like marriage and childbirth.

  213. sarah

    Hey Jen! I am praying for you daily.

    I was going to recommend Young House Love and I can see that some people already have. I am not that into home decorating blogs but love theirs.

    Also- feel free to browse mine. letusbuildthecityofgod.blogspot.com
    I am not winning any blogging awards but I try to keep it real!

    Peace be with you during this time!

  214. Sarah

    I love reading Under the Sycamore by Ashley Campbell. Beautiful pictures, beautiful family story. Encouraging read to pass the time.

  215. SaraSusyBob

    Seems you have a few suggestions.
    I’ll shamelessly plug my own: http://www.TodaysTomfoolery.Wordpress.com
    Started it as a means of keeping family updated on our day-to-day life and give me a reason to justify continuing to take pictures. Also, I showcase my digital scrapbooking projects (although currently seriously behind). I’m a Catholic wife, mother, educator, homeschooling parent & wanna-be photographer.

    A Catholic college friend of mine: http://sometimesmarthaalwaysmary.com/
    Decorating, real-life day-to-day life with four young ones and a new pregnancy.

    LOVE her blog. LOVE her photography. Love that her life is so different than my own. Love her craftiness. http://www.soulemama.com/

  216. Martha

    Why not read a blog by an author and subject that is unfamiliar? My suggestion for you is the “Yankee Diva blog” of opera singer, Joyce DiDonato. The link is http://www.joycedidonato.com/blog/

    She is a splendid singer and a delightful Midwestern gal. I had the privilege of hearing her sing in Chicago. Check out her recordings as well.

  217. Mary @ St Henry II

    One of my favorite blogs is http://www.nogreaterjoymom.com/ – she and her husband already have a large family and are about to adopt two special needs kids from Bulgaria. They’re my heroes!

    And of course, you’re welcome to read my blog, but it’s not nearly as exciting as hers. πŸ™‚

  218. Jenny

    Suscipio is a communal blog by Catholic women for the support of Catholic women. It’s always encouraging to see yourself in someone’s writing. It reminds us, we’re not alone or unique in our struggles and joys.

  219. Carol

    Posts on this blog always brighten my day:


    The Dual Divas of Down syndrome, adorable almost two year old Josie and her Aunt Leanne, aka Catfish with Ketchup and Cheeseburger Head, can be relied on for humourous and entertaining accounts of their adventures.

    • Carol

      Oops. I forgot it’s 2013. That should read “almost THREE year old Josie.”

  220. elizabeth

    Hey Jennifer,

    I’m a HUGE blog reader and am happy to recommend one of my absolute favorites:

    Sarah Bessey at http://sarahbessey.com/

    The only problem I have with Sarah is that she doesn’t publish more often.


  221. Ali@BeNotAfraid

    Hi Jen. I just wanted to chime in and tell you that I’m praying for you everyday. I only recently found your blog, but your words have meant much to me. Thank you.

    I too had a difficult pregnancy, and while I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of your particular situation, I just want you to know that I’m holding you in prayer in a special way-remembering the fear I felt at times while I was pregnant. It is so good to hear that you are feeling at peace-what a blessing! I pray God continues to still your soul.

    My favorite fun, uplifting blog to read is Nat the Fat Rat (www.natthefatrat.com) She’s a stay-at-home mom who lives in NYC who shares her adventures and writes in a quircky voice. Reading her blog always makes me happy!

    I also have a blog (be-not-afraid.org) that I started when I was diagnosed with cancer while 32 weeks pregnant. It covers my whole journey from diagnosis, the birth of my son John Paul, his stay in the NICU, my treatment, and so on. It’s full of my struggles with my faith during that time, yes, but also the many moments of joy I found through suffering and then finally reaching remission. πŸ™‚

    Take care, Jen! Be not afraid!

  222. Nina in WI

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/ Ree has a cookbook, too.
    Hope you feel up to reading so many comments!
    Pulling for you,

  223. Deb H

    Here is yet another blog. It will not Feed your brain in any way But it will make you laugh.

  224. Rach

    Life as a mom and foster mom…sometimes a little too honest, but a good read. I’m friends with Jess G.; started reading you long ago! (Well, I started reading your BLOG long ago – I’m not a psychic.) πŸ™‚

  225. Sharon H.

    Jennifer have you looked at the catholicbibles.blogspot.com? It is a wonderful blog and I have learned sooo much about Catholic bibles here. Praying for the health of you and your baby.

  226. Caren MacMurchy

    Great honk, be careful what you ask for, Sis. All hands on deck, fellow bloggers!

  227. Jenny @ Mama Needs Coffee

    Oh Jen, I may just die of star strucked-ness. Just landed at our Roman apartment after a hellish 22 hours of travel and I must say, your link was sweet icing on the cake. I am praying for you and those poor lungs of yours!

  228. Ancilla Domini

    First of all – I’ve been praying for your healing and I hope you are feeling better and all of your loved ones are doing well

    Here’s my shameless plug for my own blog on healing from a past abortion. http://www.postabortionwalk.blogspot.com

    I whine, complain, praise, story-tell, and wonder aloud (or via keyboard) at all of the blessings I’ve been given. Visit if you like.

  229. TSO

    You’ve probably gotten far too many suggestions already, lol as they say, but you might like the blog at http://marymission.blogspot.com. She’s a homeschooler with interests of: Prayer, Catholic, Jesus, Mary, Bible, Carmelite, Jewish, Hebrew, knitting, sewing, yoga, homesteading, cooking, baking, homeschooling, paranormal, krav maga, hiking, rock climbing, hooping, yoga.

  230. Rick

    I’m a revert, back in the Catholic church after 40 years of being away and am attempting to conform my rather conservative perspective to the Catholic perspective. Have been blogging at my place for nearly a decade but the focus of late has been less about politics and more about culture, particularly how my re-embraced faith might be shaping it.

    I’m more of an aggregator than an original thinker over there but who knows, you might be find things interesting occasionally.

    And by the way, you’ve been on my list of intentions since finding out about your embolisms… prayed for daily.

  231. MJ

    I don’t have a blog, but there are a few I read regularly that just make my day. I’ve listed several, in hopes that at least one is new to you:

    Posie Gets Cozy: http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/ This is the sweetest and loveliest blog I read. Alicia Paulson is an extraordinary talented craftsperson whose outlook makes me smile every time I read. It is worth reading her through her history, as her story is very moving. She has an adopted daughter who is about 4 months old.

    Small Things: http://www.gsheller.com/ Ginny Sheller a Catholic mother of 6 children. She is a talented craftsperson, a photographer, and an inspirational person. Her blog touches me enormously.

    Quiet Life: http://booshay.blogspot.com/ Another sweet site. Donna Boucher is a very talented photographer with an appealing philosophy of life.

    Flowerpatch Farmgirl: http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/ Every time I read Shannen Martin’s blog, I want to be a better person. Lovely photographs, too.

    In the Heart of My Home: http://ebeth.typepad.com/ This is another favorite. Elizabeth is a homeschooling mother of nine who lives a purposeful life structured by liturgy. Her writing also is very touching.

    PS I am keeping you in my prayers. My mother developed a pulmonary embolism after she delivered her ninth child (in 9 years, no twins…)in 1965. She was apparently quite sick, but fully recovered and is now a very busy and healthy 78-year-old. Do you have Ste. Anne’s oil? My mother attributes her recovery, which was seen as miraculous in its day, to the intercession of Ste. Anne de Beaupre and to daily annointing with the oil from the shrine in Quebec.

  232. Donna

    Cool! I’m all for shameless self promotion!

    I write at “What if God Says No”. My hope is to find truth, goodness and beauty in life everyday even when what you desire most and pray for (children) seemingly is answered by God with a resounding “No”.

    I recently wrote a series about IF from my perspective and experiences. It starts off at: http://whatifgodsaysno.blogspot.com/2012/10/if-who-me_16.html

  233. Michelle

    Jen, know that you are in my prayers. I DO NOT have a blog πŸ™‚ but I love to live vicariously through Farmgirl Susan at Farmgirlfare.com. She raises sheep and posts great pics of her animals and farm and also tons of good recipes. Nothing too heavy but very enjoyable….

  234. Gina

    There are some great blogs listed here!! Mine has pics and funny stories, once in a while…but as my two boys are more often fighting than playing nice, I have less time for blogging than I used to…in addition to the small, rapidly growing surprise within my womb…I am a tuckered out mama at night!


  235. Nod

    You can always try my slice of life: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Life with a fistful of Nodlings: Wynken, Blynken, Nod-girl, Nub, Nib, and Dab.

    May God grant you healing soon! Prayers from across the country.

  236. Michelle

    When my mother had 5 kids, a brand new infant and a terrible infection in her leg in middle of a midwest rural winter, her doctor worked hard to get her home soon and treat her there, but she could not walk more than a few feet, and we little ones could NOT bump the bed. I still remember gingerly rolling the dice as I played a board game with her to “help amuse her” —

    So for amusing/engaging reading:

    John Predmore SJ’s reflections on his new parish assignment in Amman, Jordan: http://predmoresj.blogspot.com/

    The Jesuit Post, written by a group of young Jesuits: http://thejesuitpost.org/site/

    A mother of many and many talents, a Franciscan oblate SFO mom: http://sfomom.blogspot.com/

    And you can read mine about life with teen-aged boys, laundry and prayer (and occasionally, purple squirrels): http://quantumtheology.blogspot.com/

    May grace and healing abound!

  237. MemeGRL

    Of course you are welcome to read my blog. But it really mostly lists what we’re eating so that isn’t terribly fascinating! πŸ™‚

    I am a Catholic obsessed with Mormon Mommy Blogs. Since I went back to work, I cut a lot of them out but I won’t give up 71 Toes. I find her inspirational.

    Also inspirational: Clover Lane. (She is Catholic…I’m off the Mormons for a moment.)

    Penelope Trunk is fascinating. I can’t even describe it. She has Asperger’s, which is what brought me to the blog, but her worldview is so clearheaded contrarian, I stick around despite what look to me like some terrible personal decisions, because her conviction is so strong. Not everyone’s cup of tea but fascinating in its way.

    If you enjoy baseball at all, the SportsBlog Nation blogs are pretty fun (my husband writes for The Good Phight, the Phillies blog, but has good friends at a lot of the other ones too).

    I used to enjoy Kelly’s Korner, as part of my “what moms are like in other parts of the country” effort to expand my parenting horizons, but she may not be too different for you (she’s from AK).

    I’m skipping a lot of the ones I am sure you know–Pioneer Woman, Ann Voskamp, NieNie, etc. (And I enjoyed Nie’s sister’s blog, cjane enjoy it, in my Mormon Mom Blog days.)

    Good luck!

  238. Emily

    If you love Kelle Hampton: digthischick.net

  239. High Hopes

    We post weekly – 36 posts to date – all with the theme of discovering how dearly God loves us…in the ordinary and extraordinary events of life. All is grace! Entrusting you and your dear ones to Blessed Mother!

  240. Ellen


    The above blog is the most calm and beautiful spot on the internet. The author is a wonderful photographer and has such a pretty, cozy home. She and her husband recently were able to adopt a baby, their first child. It is not a religious or political blog, but just snapshots of life.

  241. TolkienLover

    IgnitumToday.com is a great site which, thanks to a monthly rotation of contributors, always has new material. The range of topics is wide, and though geared towards young adults, can be enjoyed by the faithful of all ages.

    I also enjoy reading the Bad Catholic blog (www.patheos.com/blogs/badcatholic). He can be very funny, and has a wonderful way of wording things. Though, I do not recommend reading the comments section, as it can get a bit vulgar…

    God bless!

  242. Angela Bashaw

    Wow…I saw this post several days ago and didn’t take the time to respond but sitting here today I had a little time and wanted to pass on a blog page that belongs to one of our local priests. He posts his Homily there weekly along with other things, but I really enjoy reading his homilies (as he is not my parish priest). So when I came here today to post it I was shocked to see 302 comments…holy blog land!!! Anyway here is the link to his blog: http://fromemptyhands.blogspot.com/
    I have considered starting a blog myself as I have been following yours and several others that link up with you for Quick Takes Friday. I never knew how amazing reading blogs could be. I have found tremendous strength spiritiually and emotionally as a Catholic mom through these ladies and gentlemen. Anyway, I hope you enjoy Fr. Joe’s blog and you are in my prayers peace and recovery.

  243. Laura

    My new favorite blog ( and I read alot of blogs!) is 71 toes

    A mom of 5 with good photography, parenting tips and a beautiful home

  244. Ellen

    I write a slice-of-life blog called Nouveau Soileau you may find interesting. It’s usually sbout whatever is obsessing me at the moment.

    Best wishes to you.

  245. Shannon

    Thank you for this. I am bookmarking to enjoy checking out the recommendations.

  246. Shannon

    I hope that you all well enough for all your babies. Being unable to function as mom is very hard. I was pregnant with twins this past year. I was very sick with them and that had never happened before. I had blood pressure issues and my identical twins shared a placenta leading to possible issues with them. It was one of the hardest things I have ever lived through. The hardest part but being around the family but not able to help or do much for anyone. Mother’s day was so bad as I missed Mass so much but trapped at home on bed rest. My wonderful kids, without my hubby knowing, asked the priest if they could bring me Holy Communion. They should up at home with everyone grinning. I was so out of it I asked what was going on as my son walked up to me with his hands cupped. “We brought you Him.” someone said. I remember screaming because I though they were showing me a frog. Then my 8 year old smiled and said, “NO MOM, HIM, GOD, YOU KNOW, JESUS!” I cried and cried as my son read a reading and then gave me Communion. It is the moments like that one that make all suffering worth it. The moments when we get to see Christ in our children. Know that you are in my prayers.

  247. Joan Haselman

    I have actually not been able to get into my blog to post for a couple of months, but there is a lot of stuff on there. http://catholiclivingrocks1.blogspot.com/

    Feel free to look, and please know that I am praying for you and I am so sorry for your suffering. I am 63 years old and currently in my second year of treatment for HER2+ type 3 breast cancer. I will include you in offering up my current radiation therapy and the Herceptin chemo injections I am receiving weekly until August. St. Louse de Montfort told his friar, as he was making his bed in a field with a
    rock for a pillow, “Don’t worry, suffering is a Coin to Our Lady for graces”. Jennifer, you are in a position to offer Our Lady a coin a minute in your every waking an sleeping moments. I am praying hard for you and your little one. I have been greatly blessed by your Saints Generator webpages. May God bless you.

  248. Charlotte Ostermann

    Jennifer, I’d love for you to read my blog! I’ve been praying for you, especially that you’d be able to be the speaker, as planned, for KSCCSC…..those college students will love you, some of them from my parish!

  249. Carmel

    I’ve loved your blog ever since I found it after watching you on ‘The Journey Home’ when it was shown here in England. I’m also an atheist to catholic convert (searching triggered by the adoption of our first child) and I can relate to so much of what you say. Anyway the blog I want to recommend is lifeasawidower.com. Ben Brookes Dutton’s wife was killed in a tragic accident in November and he’s bringing up his two year old son and coping with his own grief. Not the cheeriest subject matter I know but he writes well. I saw him being interviewed this morning on BBC Breakfast and he seems lovely.

  250. El-Salero

    β€œHe and I and me” is an evolving snapshot inspired by an invitation from Jesus Christ: β€œOffer Me each little moment as it passes. This will be enough, because then your whole year will be for Me.” This divine request to the world is from the famous spiritual book β€œHe and I” by Gabrielle Bossis. Blogged by a professional writer based in the Australian outback, be inspired to offer your moments to our Lord too…

    If you’d like some short and pithy posts from the Australian outbreak please click on: http://www.heandiandme.com/

    We don’t get scorpion infestations here but next time we get a millipede invasion I’ll think of you Jennifer. God Bless – put your pregnancy in our Lord Jesus’ precious hands – He will bless you, your unborn baby and your family.

  251. El-Salero

    β€œHe and I and me” is an evolving snapshot inspired by an invitation from Jesus Christ: β€œOffer Me each little moment as it passes. This will be enough, because then your whole year will be for Me.” This divine request to the world is from the famous spiritual book β€œHe and I” by Gabrielle Bossis. Blogged by a professional writer based in the Australian outback, be inspired to offer your moments to our Lord too…

    I can’t tell if my comment was submitted or not so apologies if this is listed twice.

  252. Britt Fisk

    Here is the blog I keep really just for memories of my family and a few snippets on faith and NFP from time to time. http://thefiskfiles.blogspot.com

    Thank you so much for you…for your faith and the way in which you share it. I am extremely blessed.

    You and your beautiful family will continue to be in my prayers.

  253. joanne miceli-bogash

    First, you remain in my prayers that you are 100% very soon. Recommend Simcha Fisher “I have to sit down” and “Faith Filled Mom”. Several blogs of priests and Tom Perna “Mondays with Mary”. God Bless you, Jennifer!!

  254. Joel

    Take a look at my blog, ModernCatholic.net.

    It tends to reflect my interests, if I can find a way to connect them to the Church.
    Hope you’re feeling better. You’re on my prayer list.

  255. carrien - she laughs at the days

    looks like your roster is pretty full by now. πŸ™‚

    My husband started blogging a while back, it’s his pretty individual take on reality through a theological lens, plus some other stuff. I like it because it’s a step closer to that book I keep bugging him to write. πŸ˜‰


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