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So You Want to Be a Mother?
Parenting series by Susan Handle Terbay Susan shares, "As
a baby-boomer, my life's journey has taken me on many wonderful
and challenging paths. Of all the roles that I have taken
on - the most profound and the most holy is that of a mother.
My six children are my greatest gifts. They
have given me the many joys and many sorrows. Their
presence in my life continues to renew and teach me. Now my
grandchildren teach me what I failed to learn with my children
and the joy of their beings fills my spirit. I love to write
and I have to write. As with other choices in my life it is
who I am and I hope it is who God wants me to be."
Natural Family Planning Perspectives
by Sara Fox Peterson Sara Fox Peterson is a stay-at-home mom and certified teacher
of the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning.
She holds a BS in biology and an MS in human physiology, both
from Georgetown University, and lives in Maryland with her
husband and two sons.
A View from the Pew with Marybeth Hicks Marybeth Hicks is a writer and author
of the features "then again..." and "A View
from the Pew." A wife of 19 years and mother of four
children, she uses her columns to share her perspective on
issues and experiences that shape families and the communities
we share. Marybeth began her writing career more than 20 years
ago in the Reagan White House. She also has worked in marketing
and public relations positions in corporate and agency settings.
Mostly, she spends a lot of time in her mini-van, where the
real work of parenting actually happens. Learn more about
Marybeth and her column at www.marybethhicks.com.
Are We There Yet? by Charla Belinksi
Charla Belinski is the author of the column “Are We There
Yet?” where she shares her common-sense style and humorous
world view on parenting each week. A certified parenting
instructor, Charla’s real advice comes from lessons learned
on the front-lines of her own living room. As a wife of
16 years and mother of three school-aged children, her observations
and advice on family-life are meant to encourage, engage
and make us laugh in the face of the toughest job on the
planet – parenting. Her columns appear weekly in the Glenwood
(Colorado) Post Independent and she is a regular contributor
to Mountain Parent magazine. Charla has recently completed
her first novel, It Came a Fine Rain. She lives with her
husband, Tim, and three children near Aspen, Colorado. Contact
her at [email protected]
with Lisa Barker Lisa Barker writes from home amid
the chaos and confusion of a busy household. A mom to five
kids and nine cats, she uses the "Bloom Where God Plants
You" Rule of Faith and has more than enough material
to keep the grins and chuckles coming. Read more from Lisa
humor to help preserve
with Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is Editor
of the Spiritual Woman newsletter and
www.SpiritualWoman.net and author of Letters to Mary
from a Young Mother. For a sample of this wonderful newsletter,
visit Patrice's site.
Katie Hines Katie Hines majored in English
in college, and is currently editing her second book, a middle
grade children’s novel. She is a member of her local
by Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle Donna-Marie
Cooper O'Boyle, mother of five and Lay Missionary of Charity
writes from Connecticut. She is the author of the Best-selling
Prayer Book for Mothers, published by Our Sunday Visitor
Publishing. Her book, The
Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home,
published by Crossroad Publishing is also available. Her newest
Expecting: A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers-To-Be,
bears a foreword by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta whom the author
knew personally and will be released in April 2007. It can
be purchased earlier through Donna-Marie's website. These
three books were encouraged and endorsed by Blessed Mother
Teresa of Calcutta and given a blessing by Pope John Paul
II. They are available through her website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com.
Donna-Marie donates a portion of the proceeds to the Missionaries
of Charity to help the poor, as well as parish organizations.
Donna-Marie writes for a number of magazines, newspapers and
Catholic websites. She is a regular contributor to Catholic
Exchange, Catholic Online, and Catholic Outpost. She lectures
on a number of topics and can be reached through her website.
with Jaime Gregory Jaime Gregory is currently a Stay At Home & Homeschooling Mom. She graduated with BA in Communications in 1999, married, and now has two sons. Jaime states, “Being at home and taking care of my family is my job. Our family story is full of miracles, stories of angels in our midst, and of God’s plan revealing itself. I want our story to inspire others.”
through Breastfeeding with Pam Pilch, JD, LCCE Pam Pilch is a childbirth
educator, NFP instructor and retired LLL Leader in Virginia.
She has been married to her husband, John, for 16 years
and homeschools her three young sons.
with Deacon Tom Fox
Tom Fox was ordained a Deacon in the Archdiocese of Denver. He currently lives and serves in a small, but growing mountain community in northern Arizona. Tom has received many requests for copies of his Sunday homilies and his shorter Communion Service Reflections. He is an experiential preacher who uses life and stories to share a message of today for Catholics and other Christians Many of his sermons are found on the internet – and a collection of them are found on his website: www.deacontomonline.com. Tom would love to hear from you and will try to answer any questions or sharing that you send in.
Inspirational Spiritual Reflections
by Janet Cassidy Janet Cassidy is a columnist for The Catholic Times, a contributing author to The Catholic Homeschool Companion, a Catechist trainer and author of CassidyComments, an online subscription newsletter. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and is a happily married mother of three.
Janet may be reached through her website www.janetcassidy.com or her blog.
At Home Mama
by Becky Cash Becky Cash is the author of the column, "Catholic At Home Mama." With the help of her wonderful husband and through the grace of God, Becky has created a full time income while working around her families schedule. In this column, she will share the "not so secret" splendors of how you can discern your families financial path and, do so, while keeping your family first. As a Catholic mom, Becky knows that we struggle with the need to both meet our families physical and spiritual needs. Through her business, Becky has been able to meet her families health needs, contribute to the household income and keep her children out of daycare. To learn more about Project Mahma, go to www.athomemama.com. Becky resides with her husband and four children in the indianapolis area.
Baked with Love
with Cay Gibson
Cay Gibson is the author of Literature Alive! and Catholic Mosaic well as several articles published in parenting, educational, and spiritual magazines. She is the literature editor for Heart and Mind Magazine. She works as a freelance writer, a children’s literature consultant and reviewer, and a homeschooling mother of five. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and collecting children illustrated books. She lives with her husband, Mark, and their children in Southwest Louisiana . Visit her blog (Cajun Cottage) at http://caygibson.typepad.com
Living the Liturgical Year
by Alice Gunther
Alice Gunther is an attorney who gave up practicing law over a dozen years ago to nurture and home educate her seven children, now ages thirteen to one. She blogs about Catholic family life at her weblog, Cottage Blessings, and writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called “The Catholic Home.” For the past nine years, Alice has run a popular Catholic Children’s Club, celebrating the Liturgical year through crafts, prayer, stories of saints and scripture, and “Liturgical Teas.” The Teas feature symbolic menu offerings to tell the underlying stories of faith, teaching children and adults in a unique and memorable way. She is currently working on two books about home education and catechesis.
A Christian Woman's Heart
featuring Karen Wolff Karen is the founder and author of www.christian-books-for-women.com she provides Christian women with a place to find lots of
practical info, tips, and help with a variety of issues they face every
day. Her articles can be found at www.ezinearticles.com and she is also a
featured writer for www.about.christianity.com. Karen has been married to her husband, Steve, for 28 years, and they
two kids. Amanda, a special needs young adult at age 23, and Alex, age
is a college student and aspiring, young musician.
featuring Mary Ellen Barrett Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children. She writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called Life in Our Domestic Church and speaks at conferences about homeschooling and raising a special needs child. Mary Ellen writes about the daily life and happenings in her Catholic home on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House (http://maryellenb.typepad.com) and about a Catholic celebration of Christmas at O Night Divine (www.onightdivine.com). She is currently at work on a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days.
Sweetness and Light in the Catholic Home
featuring Meredith Henning Meredith Henning is an Economics graduate of Seattle University with a French Minor. She now home educates her four beautiful children, the oldest being a girl, followed by three boys. She currently writes about Catholic family life and home education at her weblog Sweetness and Light. Also this year she spoke at her first Catholic Home Education Conference in Manassas, Virginia. She is also a recent contributor to the very lovely Christmas weblog O Night Divine hosted by Mary Ellen Barrett. Married 14 years to her wonderful and dear husband Matthew, she is currently working on a book about Catholic motherhood and home schooling. Please visit her other weblogs Sweetness in the Kitchen and Threads of Love (a mother and daughter blog).
Not Just Strong...Army Mom Strong
featuring Sadie McCurry Sadie McCurry is a Catholic military wife and mother of four. She and her husband have been married for 13 years and have twin 10-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-month-old boy. They are currently stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, near Fairbanks. Sadie has her bachelor’s degree in Health Education with a Certificate in Nutrition.
with Nissa Gadbois Nissa Gadbois is raising six children, with Brian, her husband of more than 16 years, on a small homestead in the hills of central Massachusetts. Over the years, Nissa has worn many hats: floral designer, professional seamstress, event planner, etiquette consultant, business owner, farmer, home-educator, publisher, and writer. It is the experience she has gained from these positions that she uses to encourage and inspire women to live a simpler, family-centered life. Nissa is the editor of Simple Gifts magazine and journals about her hearth and home on the Simple Gifts weblog; and she can be heard on the Simple Gifts Podcast. The first annual Simple Gifts Conference is planned for 2008. You can find her giving inspiration throughout the Lenten season at These Forty Days. Nissa is currently at work on several publishing projects, including a series of books for ‘tween Catholic girls. She is known to burst into song at the drop of a hat, and loves to dance around the kitchen with babies in arms.
Brazenly Catholic featuring Lori Callaway Lori Callaway is married to her best friend Scott and mother of 3 children, all of whom are her inspiration and fodder for her freelance writing. Her hobbies are knitting (as a lefty), rosary making, sewing, cross stitching, crafts and ¾ to full time genealogist and history nut. She currently lives in one of the giant metro areas the Pacific Northwest of the US after having grown up in American’s idea of a perfect mid-western small town. Lori is also an RCIC teacher.
Momopoly with Kate Wicker When she's not searching for missing sippy cups or runaway baby socks, Kate Wicker writes for a variety of secular and faith-based publications. Some of her publication credits include Canticle, Faith and Family, Pregnancy magazine, and Woman's Day. She also teaches creative writing to homeschoolers. Although she's authored several "almost finished" novels and has a handful ideas for nonfiction books floating in her mommy brain, right now her most important "works in progress" are her children. She lives with her family in Georgia and shares stories about living it up deep down in the trenches of motherhood at KateWicker.blogspot.com. Contact Kate at kmwicker [at] gmail dot com.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Your Health Detective Kelly is a Catholic Mom who lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband of 20 years and 4 children. Her passions in life are Jesus, her family, and helping others live and eat healthier. Visit her health & nutrition blog at www.kellythekitchenkop.com.
by Ebeth Weidner Ebeth Weidner is the wife of a scientist and mom of 3 great kids. Learning her faith and passing it on to her family is her greatest challenge that brings joy to their family life. A published heirloom sewist in Sew Beautiful magazine, she is the author of “A Catholic Mom climbing the Pillars” blog, Ebeth shares her journey with parents on where the Catholic Church is found in a family’s daily living as she climbs the pillars of the Church as a soon-to-be Master Catechist.
Bumps on the Road to Sainthood
featuring Katherine Barron Katherine Barron is a Catholic convert, wife and stay-at-home mom of two small boys. She and her husband, Mac, are the producers of the Catholic in a Small Town podcast which is a part of the SQPN family of shows. Katherine uses her Bachelors of Science in Nursing to avoid trips to the ER - unless she's making money by being there.
All Things Good
featuring Nancy Jo Sullivan Nancy Jo Sullivan is a seasoned Catholic author who crafts an unforgettable, message-driven story. She began her writing career in 1996 writing for Guideposts. Over the past decade, she has published 5 books on a variety of topics relating to everyday spirituality. Three of her titles were published by Random House/Multnomah and two with Liguori Press. Nancy Jo has also worked collaboratively with Alice Gray as co-compiler, writer and editor of STORIES FOR THE HEART, a national best-seller. Nancy Jo is currently working with GUIDEPOSTS BOOKS as a free-lance editor. Published books include: Moments of Grace, What I've Learned from My Daughter, My Mondays with Mary Jo Copeland, Did You Get What You Prayed For, and My Sister, My Friend. Born and raised in Minnesota, Nancy Jo lives with her family in Saint Paul, MN. An experienced high school teacher and coordinator of faith formation, Nancy now speaks on topics related to family, friendship and faith.