I really enjoy writing and I have a wide variety of interests. This blog is about my journey as a student theologian, wife, mother, and my poor attempt at being a Catholic. I am, for lack of a better term, an intellectual type. I love to study, especially theology and philosophy. God uses my intellect to help me form a deeper relationship with him. I love Scholasticism! God has given me a deep sense of wonder and love of beauty. That is a major theme of my writing, and I am told, a typical trait of the theologian.
My studies are teaching me that I know very little in the face of the great mystery of the Blessed Trinity. Studying at the advanced level in theology only makes one more aware of how little they know and that little bit is meant to be shared. So this is me sharing the little bit that I have learned. There are times my writing may be sporadic on this blog as I homeschool my daughter, work my way through grad school, and maintain my writing for Catholic and secular websites. I will write here when I can and eventually, after this season, I will be able to devote more time to my love of writing.
On this blog you can expect me to write about my family, theology, the Church, wonder, beauty, homeschooling, poetry, photography, cooking, what I am studying in grad school, current issues of the day, etc. One of my biggest focuses is in abandoning ideology in favor of the Good News and holiness. I will have days devoted solely to beauty. Most of all I hope that my writing reflects my desire to grow in holiness. A while back I was blessed to become a regular contributor for the popular Catholic website: Catholic Exchange. Be sure to check out the wonderful articles on the site daily that will help you grow in holiness. I have recently become a contributor for my first secular publication, The Federalist. There I will cover abortion, religion, military topics, and news.
First, for those of you who do not know me personally, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Constance. I am a stay-at-home mom to one beautiful 5 year old girl. I have been married for 6 years to a wonderful man who works hard for us and who is teaching me the art of selflessness. I am a Navy Veteran and I have a BA in Psychology that I never plan to use. I am a full-time graduate student. I am working on a MA in Theology with an emphasis in Philosophy. I have started to homeschool our daughter in First Grade.
We are devout Roman Catholics. My husband and I really enjoy being involved in our Church. I like to stay up with current happenings in the Church and in the world, but I have to take a step back a lot of the time because I become too empathetic to my own detriment. I like to garden, cook, take pictures, walk and run, read, and play with my daughter. That’s a quick about me.
My husband’s name is Phil, but these days he mainly goes by Daddy. We met online 7 years ago on the dating site Catholic Match. We both were looking to marry committed Catholics, but he lived in the mountains of North Carolina and I lived in East Tennessee, which meant that there were not a lot of young Catholics in our area. After all, we both lived in Baptist country. And while Baptists are lovely people, neither of us would ever convert.
My husband is a very talented wood-turner and I am sure I will be posting pictures of his work on the blog. He is the Director of Training for a building science training center. He is a 3rd Degree in the Knights of Columbus and current Grand Knight, on two boards and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity (he even built houses in Nicaragua), and is deeply committed to our family. There have been numerous times that I have been awed by God’s choice of Phil for my husband.
Our beautiful daughter’s name is Michaela. She is named for St. Michael the Archangel and my father. We knew that given the state of the world, any children we have would need strong patron and patronesses. Her middle name, Elizabeth, is for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a great saint for homeschoolers. Michaela is 5 years old and she is pretty much insane. She has so much energy and can barely sit still for 5 minutes at a time. She is a climber, explorer, extraordinarily intelligent, strong willed, extremely affectionate, artistic, an amazing builder, and she is the most amazing person that I have met. She is the snuggliest kid you will ever meet. She loves hugs and to hold hands with people.
There have been numerous times throughout the past couple of years that I have looked at her and thought, “God, what were you thinking giving this amazing person to me, of all people?”, as well as, “Thank you God, she is the most incredible gift I have ever received.” My daughter inspires me, frustrates me, loves me, stuns me, and humbles me on a daily basis. While it can be a struggle for me to stay home at times because it can get lonely, I would not have it any other way. I am sure you will hear plenty about her on this blog.
This is my family. We have 4 beautiful babies in Heaven (Victoria, Caleb, Marie, and most recently, Andrew). I will write about miscarriage from time-to-time because I know that there are other women and men who are grieving out there just like me. Orthodoxy is not decided by family size. God sanctifies each family in his own way. Miscarriage and infertility are very heavy Crosses.
I greatly appreciate you stopping by the blog and I pray that Our Lord blesses you by my words. Let’s be sojourners as we journey towards our ultimate goal: Heaven. There are so many writers out there who bless me with their writing. Have a blessed day!
Feel free to leave a comment or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not be able to respond to every email, but I do enjoy feedback and I read every comment and email I get (except when comboxes devolve into ranting, raving, and meanness). I cannot provide answers to theological, moral, or ecclesial matters in email. I do not have the time. That is what books are written to cover. Please keep feedback charitable and civil. We should try hard not to be an occasion of sin for anyone and ranting and attacking a writer is definitely a near occasion of sin for authors. I know it is for me. Writing is a deeply personal gift and while I know that a good many people will not like my work, it does not give people the right to be insulting and nasty. Pax Christi.