Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Little About Me

I suppose if you're going to read this, you'll want to know a tiny bit about me, right? I won't spill all the beans just yet, because then things might not seem so interesting later.

I'm a cradle Catholic, stay at home wife and mom of two little boys. Steve and I married in 2008, Lucas was born in 2009, and Tyler in 2011. Life with boys fills my day with sweet smiles, and lots of dirt. I've lived my entire life in Illinois, and I love the seasons of the midwest. I have my first small garden this year, and I ran my first 5k this summer since running cross country in high school. I like to cook and bake, and I like to organize, but not clean. My morning beverage of choice is black decaf coffee, I eat chocolate every day, and to feel rested I actually need ten hours of sleep. My favorite "alone time" thing to do is read a book in the sun. Yesterday was my 28th birthday, and I have a lot of goals for the next year. That's a-whole-nother post.

You probably know more about me than people in my own family now. What about you? Please introduce yourself in the comments!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Beginning

Today is the beginning of this blog, Help Them to Heaven. That, I believe, is the primary duty of my vocation as a wife and mother: to help my husband and our children on their journey to heaven. I'll be blogging about marriage, motherhood, and homemaking through the lens of my Catholic faith. These are the things that make me who I am - a daughter of God living out my vocation with love and joy, helping my husband, our children, and each person God has placed in my life, on their journeys to heaven. I hope you'll find this space warm and welcoming, and I hope together we can draw nearer to Christ through sharing the trials and triumphs of our beautiful vocation.

As I said, I'll be blogging about marriage, motherhood, and homemaking through the lens of my Catholif faith. I will probably even throw in a few recipes, crafts, and book reviews, but it will mostly be about my life as a Catholic wife and mother. At first it might seem my posts are a bit unrelated, a bit too far flung from each other, to be one cohesive blog. But in time, my hope is that this blog will be a place that encompasses the whole of our vocation as Catholic wives and mothers.

This is what I believe that vocation entails. We are caretakers, nurturing people and relationships. We are homemakers, providing for the physical needs of our families. And we are soulshapers, bringing our husbands and children closer to Christ through a strong spiritual life of our own and with our families. Through each aspect of our vocation, we have the ability and opportunity to bring glory to God and to bring souls to Him.
I'm beginning this blog on August 22nd, my birthday, and the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. This blog is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Mary, Queen of Heaven, and to Saint Monica, my patron saint and the patron saint of all wives and mothers, whose own feast comes in five days on August 27th.

Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us! Saint Monica, pray for us!