I Should Have Said No

When I received Lisa Hendey's book, "The Grace of Yes," I was so excited!

I should have said no. But when I said yes, I felt POWERFUL. I felt NEEDED. I felt SOUGHT AFTER. I felt DESIRED. Now, I just feel TIRED. I tend to bite off more than I can chew. That’s something my mother told me long ago when I was a teenager. Constantly trying to get […]

Thanksgiving Poetry from the Wallace’s

Here we are...saying YES to family!  Elizabeth, Emma, Eddy, Mickey, Eli, Elani, (Sarah - an extra - we've always got an extra!), Mary and Steve

These children…these children I do love. Our 8 year old caboose has been organizing nightly activities for our family this week.  She took this task upon herself, and I can only imagine she learned it from some workshop she attended with me at work or from watching her older sister conduct a youth ministry gathering.  […]

Aunt Anna – 99 and Counting!

Aunt Anna with her son, Bud, her daughter, Ann, her niece, Janet, and her great grandson, Joel.

Aunt Anna Gleason and I share many things: a maiden name (Blanchard), our Catholic faith, our devotion to the Blessed Mother, and the willingness to allow God to take control of our lives (albeit, imperfectly). However, our similarities are nothing compared to our differences. Aunt Anna was born on September 29, 1915. That’s right – […]

Sacred Fire: Practicing Devotion to the Heart of Jesus – A BOOK REVIEW

Sacred Fire photo

As a mother, I can think of no stronger devotion than a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a working Catholic momma, the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a necessity. Sacred Fire: Practicing Devotion to the Heart of Jesus by Philip Michael Bulman presents a plethora of historical background on […]

What is the Loneliest Bayou in the World? BA-YOU SELF!

Bayou

OK…so that is a long-running Cajun joke, probably only told in these parts of the world! But with so much happening in the world right now, I do begin to wonder if being lonely, being misunderstood, being ridiculed, being treated without dignity first…I think that must be the worst place to be in this world […]

Vacationing WITHOUT Taking a Faith Vacation

Wallace's in Disney

There are times in my past when a vacation would apply to all areas of my life: leave from work, leave from routine, leave from Sunday Mass. Growing in my faith has taught me a vacation is the perfect opportunity to slow down and keep God at the center of my heart. As a Catholic […]

My Baby Just Wrote Me a Letter

My baby just wrote me a letter

One of the things that readers of The Working Catholic Mom always ask me is, “How do you XYZ as a working Catholic Mom? I really need some tips!”   I am always amazed when I ask them, “Well, how do you XYZ?” It usually becomes an exchange of tips and strategies used to strengthen […]

The Beauty of Quiet

Daughter #4 proud of her handy work in the kitchen.  She's a trooper!

I sit in my new writing space in the home we’ve just moved to. It is July 3rd (the eve of the birth of the United States of America), and I finally hear it…   Something I’ve longed for all summer long…   Something I sought at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament more […]

Free Water! Free Smiles!

Free Water! Free Smiles photo

Last Friday, my job at work was simple…pass out water on the corner of a major corridor on campus as parents/families/guests came to campus to attend graduation! I thought to myself: “I CAN DO THIS!” I can do this with a smile! It was amazing to congratulate cars filled with graduates and families with free […]

In the Midst of Chaos

Mom's night out graphic

*warning* This is both an endorsement for the movie, Moms’ Night Out, and a real life look into being a mom…OK, carry on… I was born to be a momma. I have home videos from my childhood to show it. There was a short stint where I thought God was calling me to religious life, […]

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