Welcome to my blog! Since you clicked this link, I guess you want to know something about me and my ramblings.
Short Version: I’m a wife and a mother doing the best I can with what I’ve been given to make the most of this life and attain beatitude in the next.
Long version: My name is Mary, and I married my very best friend, Josh, right out of college. We’re very blessed to be the parents of three extremely active and incredibly awesome boys and two precious little princesses. We homeschool our little darlings, and every day is a new adventure. We are Catholic and take our faith very seriously – it colors everything else we do. I am not perfect, and I’m well aware of that. I have many faults, some of which will become apparent to you by reading my blog.
I have a degree in psychology from the University of Memphis (T-I-G-E-R-S, Tigers!) and worked with troubled youth in both residential and outpatient settings for four years before staying home to raise my family. From August 2010 – June 2013, I had the privilege of coordinating middle school youth ministry at our parish. I absolutely loved sharing our beautiful faith and instilling a love for Jesus in those rambunctious little souls. Most recently, I earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Ave Maria University’s Institute of Pastoral Theology. Doing so was probably the most grueling, yet rewarding experience of my entire life (so far).
This blog is basically about my life and things that interest me, thus it covers a wide range of topics in no particular order. If you’re looking for something specific, I suggest using the search box provided in the top right drop down menu. My blog will be updated daily (or even multiple times a day), weekly, or rarely depending only on the topics floating through my head measured against the time I have to sit down and
write type. Recently, I’ve been persuaded to write more about our daily happenings, so I’m hoping to do that more regularly.
Just to warn you, my husband describes my personality as “quirky.” I have no idea what that actually means. The implication my quirky personality seems to have on my blog results from writing being somewhat one-dimensional. Sometimes I lean on sarcasm and satire to illustrate my points. Apparently, it doesn’t always come through the computer screen as clearly as I intend for it to. (I suppose what that really means is that I’m not quite as good of a writer as I intend to be…)
My blog title refers to the Phil Vassar song of the same name. (I also love the beach, which I consider an earthly paradise, and strive each day to get one step closer to eternal paradise.) Feel free to watch the music video (and laugh at the ridiculously outdated and impractical outfits worn by the female lead) below. I’ve identified with this song ever since I first heard it in high school. In fact, I used to claim my future hubby and I would have two “first dances” at our wedding reception, the first being something romantic or symbolic of our relationship and the second being this song. Sadly, that didn’t happen, but that’s a topic for another day.
I welcome your comments on any of my posts, but insist that you treat me and any other “commenters” with respect. I don’t write to incite debate, and I am aware that the whole world doesn’t agree with me. I don’t expect you to agree with me, but I do expect you to be respectful to me and anyone else you may speak to while commenting on this blog. Happy reading!