A blog written by a mother of nine

whose children formed her spirituality














St. Francis of Assis: Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Naperville, Illinois, USA.




St. Francis of Assisi is one of the patron saints for this blog because he  embodies  simple joy , freedom, a child like spirit and self-deprecating humour. Just like Francis, I also discovered slowly how to let go of control and live in joyful simplicity.



.                Spirituality



I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, for me.-Galatians 2:2

“From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us! ” St. Terese of Avila


Yongkim Kim-What Jesus did for me


Santísima Virgen María.



I  converted to Catholicism at 19 years old at university after Mary basically moved into my heart while I had a Protestant brain. If Mary lives in your heart and you have a hunger for the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, there is really nowhere else to go but the Catholic Church. I struggled for about ten years to resolve theological issues but I have always treasured Mary’s relationship with me.

.“Prayer is a surge of the heart, a simple look toward heaven, a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” (St. Therese of Lisieux).

by Cameron Smith


27 thoughts on “Home

  1. Your last sentence is profound! Yes, surrender to God is the way to handle anything that happens to us. It’s the only way to know if we are in God’s will.
    This is the comment I couldn’t manage to leave on your Follow Frenzy.

  2. Just wanted to let you know, I nominated you for an award on today’s post! It is because I enjoy your blog so much! You can delete this and God Bless, SR

  3. I just discovered your blog…and I’m speechless! You speak so directly to my heart. I’m staying home to care for my eighty year old mother and my husband who has stroke related dementia. Just today some one told me that I was wasting my life, that I could be doing something important. I didn’t know how to explain so that she could understand. Right now, caring for my husband and mother is exactly what I am called to do. It is my vocation. It is my witness. Thank you so much for your openness and your loving heart.

    • Mother Teresa once said, ” You want to help to bring peace to the world? Go home and love your family.

      you have discovered the key to happiness, simply being in His will.

      love and prayers melanie :)

  4. I found your blog through one of the LinkedIn groups! I am also a joyful mother of nine children. Mine are more spaced out then yours though. There’s 26 years between my first and last!

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  6. Hello there my friend! I would like to congratulate you…for I have nominated you for the “Superstar Blogger Award.” You can find the link to the page here; http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/the-superstar-blogger-award/
    Thanks for creating such a tremendous blog. I thought that it would be a good idea to give recognition to your page and allow other people to view and enjoy your site!! Once again…well done and congratulations!

  7. I really appreciate you as a writer! I love the way the website looks too, what a great blog. I especially love the picture of St. Francis looking at the bird. What a tremendous blessing he is. I’m also blessed by the icon of Mother Mary, and her Immaculate Heart. Wow. I am more open to her than I used to be. I do ask her and St. Joseph to pray for me. I have not joined the Church yet but in many ways I think like a Catholic person does (at least from what I can tell). Your website is an encouragement to me in that way. Thanks.

    • thank-you..I just posted a comment asking if this static page works, if it communicates my spirituality or if I should just have pages listed up top but I think you just answered me..and I LOVE oth the image of St. Francis and the icon of Mary-thanks

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