My article defending “movie dates” is a part of the Loveliness Fair: staying connected edition. The fair is being hosted by Sarah at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering.
Sarah has woven a thoughtful collection of quotes and scriptures with individuals’ submissions that describe ways those individuals stay connected in their marriages.
I am not Catholic, and not at all likely to convert (sorry, Catholic friends), but I regularly read a number of Catholic blogs because I am encouraged by the organic inclusion of faith and family that colors so much they choose to write about.
If there is one thing that buries my heart, tempts me toward discontent, and puts mud in the cogs of my life, it’s absorbing the worldly idea that husbands, children and home are some sort of “satellite” to my real life (internal or otherwise), rather than part of its core.
I appreciate tracking with people who put family in the proper place.
It’s sort of like hanging out with folks who cook “healthy” without having to think about it.
I figure do reasonably well for my family (especially considering we live in Alaska), but then I go visit people in my own town who are so much better at it than me, and I see what more can be done.
I don’t always want to hear it, and sometimes it is too overwhelming to try and think about one. more. thing. But to get to know “real” people who are doing it is consistently encouraging.
Blogs I read that (I know) are written by Catholics (along with Sarah’s, that I linked above) include:
- “Et Tu?” (Jen F.)
- Mommy Life (Barbara Curtis)
- Catholic Family Vignettes (Kimberly)
There’s no pressure for you to become Catholic! I’m just glad to have you around, and I enjoy your blog too. :) I so hear you on wanting to “hang around” with other people with similar values. I also find myself inspired to do what’s morally right when I’m filling myself with the thoughts and words and suggestions of others who are faith-filled. Thanks for your kind words, and thanks again for reading my little meanderings in cyber-space. :)
I’m so glad you started linking to Et Tu a while back. I have loved reading Jen’s blog.