10 Things I Learned from God in Ecuador (As told in Pictures)

As a working Catholic mom, I feel a pressure to justify why I work. I feel that pressure to justify it with my Catholic friends, who know I long to stay at home. I feel the pressure to justify it to my working friends, who know faith is at the center of my leadership at […]

Momma Bear

Sunday, March 8, 2015 was International Women’s Day. HOORAH for women in all walks of life! But this International Women’s Day had me thinking…what was missing in the posts I read or the videos or the images? Truly, I thought something was missing from the conversation. Looking back over the pieces of information I perused […]

Listen to Your Heart

We are over a week into Lent, and already, the desert is unbearable! It is hot, uncomfortable, and DRY. But is this not what Lent is supposed to do? Make us feel a little uncomfortable? Make us consider the path of Our Lord’s Passion? Make us turn inward to know that our only refuge in […]

Rest, Daddy

I have not blogged in quite a long time. Writing usually comes easily to me, except when deep emotions are involved. Even now, pausing between these three sentences causes my mind to drift. I am still not completely focused. I don’t really want to write what I am called to write about today. My Daddy. […]

Gumbo Roux: Ca C’est Bon, Mon Cher!

In full disclosure…I’m Cajun. (Translation from title:  That’s good, my dear!)   In further disclosure…I love to cook!  Therefore, part of my resolutions for the new year are cooking related.  What?  Don’t you have cooking goals??   In my experience as a Cajun and one who cooks, making roux [roo] relates to praying.  This seems […]

I Should Have Said No

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

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 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

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!

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 […]

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