I sat in a mom-n-pop coffee shop the day I started The Catholic Wife. Just two weeks shy of our first anniversary, I began to study and take to heart how I could be my husband’s Mrs. Right – not in scratch-the-surface appearances, but soulful qualities like closeness with Christ and having a spirit of encouragement. I had a list. And that list, along with the famed Proverbs 31, became my thesis.
The most compelling verse from that eye-opening description of a good wife is “the heart of her husband trusts in her.” I want to cultivate within myself a safe place for my hard-workin’ hero to land. I want him to experience some holy peace through me – made possible by doing the best imitation of Jesus I can.
The Catholic Wife is for us wives trying to put Christ right at the center of our families, knowing the best way to do so is to put him at the center of our hearts.
And speaking of families – I’ve been married to this winner since June of ’08. Andrew and I have learned so much about ourselves and life in general in our relatively new marriage. The two of us are mighty blessed with four of the most beautiful babies, including three strapping sons and a little girl who saved my faith. We’re proud graduates of Benedictine College, where we both double majored in Theology and Youth Ministry. So yeah, our house can get a little philosophically
Aside from our children, the biggest blessing to our marriage has been Domestic Church – a lay movement new to the U.S. that helps married couples focus on holiness for their sacrament and family. Truly, we thought our marriage had zero trouble spots, but DC not only revealed them to us, but it also brought healing where we thought there was no need.
In addition to keeping up TCW, I’m a columnist for our diocesan magazine: Shreveport, Louisiana’s Catholic Connection. For three consecutive years (2013-15) my column has won Best Regular Column on Family Life at the Catholic Press Association Awards. I also have two books in the works and I’m available for speaking engagements.
And truly, I’d love to talk with you – please feel free to get in touch. My favorite part of blogging is being in REAL contact with readers, and it doesn’t happen nearly enough.
The Catholic Wife has been featured on the Southern Nebraska Register, National Catholic Register, New Advent, Spirit Daily, and Big Pulpit; and I’ve also been a guest on Faith & Good Counsel Radio Show, the Wake Up Louisiana radio show, and The Right Heart Podcast. To get in touch or to book speaking engagements, contact me!