Indeed, mama knows

It’s been too long since we’ve talked about an undiscovered gem. Let me remedy that by telling you about a new favorite corner of the internet, a blog called Mama Knows, Honeychild. I have this habit of throwing blogs onto my Feedly account very quickly. I see something that looks good, click that little plus sign to subscribe to it, and move on. The result is that sometimes I’ll be scrolling through new content, and I’ll stumble across a post from a site I’m not even familiar with, and I’ll be like, “WHAT... Read More

This ain’t the Lyceum

I was sitting here crying laughing as I read one of my favorite blogs, and that reminded me that it’s been a while since I’ve done an undiscovered gems post where I highlight an awesome new-to-me blogger. Without further ado, allow me to direct you to This Ain’t the Lyceum! I first discovered Kelly through one of her 7 Quick Takes posts a few months ago, and I was immediately hooked. If I told you that she is a homeschooling mother of five, you might be tempted to say, “But I’m not a homeschooler. Or a mother. I’m... Read More

Why are you reading this blog when you could be reading Camp Patton?

Camp Patton, the reason God gave us mommyblogs I’m still in the land of Can’t Deal over here, which is good news for you since my inability to form words with my keyboard* has prompted me to do another undiscovered gems** post where I enlighten you about internet awesomeness of which you may have been heretofore unaware. Today’s gem: Camp Patton! I don’t know whether it’s been good or bad for me that I discovered Grace Patton’s blog. On the plus side, her dry humor and concise writing style bless me with posts... Read More

The Fulwiler Awards for Awesomeness in Blogging

Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the votes in the Catholic New Media Awards! I sincerely appreciate it. I was shocked when I saw that I got Best Written Blog, Most Spiritual Blog, Best Blog by a Woman, and People’s Choice Blog. No pressure though. It’s only fair to note that some popular blogs weren’t on the nominations list, and likely would have beaten me in a very humbling way if they were (cough-cough American Papist). Nevertheless, I thought I’d put all the extra traffic I’m getting from the awards wins... Read More

A blog about prayer, poverty and the unexpected joys of the Christian life

Today I’m guest posting over at my friend Abigail’s blog, writing about her birth story and the lessons about fear and anxiety that we can all take away from it. You can read it here. While I’m at it, I figured I might as well introduce you to her blog, since it’s one of my favorites. Abby has a great story: she was a liberal feminist lawyer from Smith College who has since become a devout Catholic housewife and Third Order Carmelite. If you’re looking for some meaty essays to linger over with a warm cup of coffee,... Read More

Undiscovered Gems: Take the Poor With You

A post from the Undiscovered Gems series Every now and then I like to highlight a favorite “undiscovered gem” blog to introduce my readers to one of my favorite tucked-away corners of the internet. The one I’ve chosen this time is Take the Poor With You, a wonderful blog that I’ve been reading for about three years now. I smile every time my Google Reader list shows me that there’s a new post, because I know it’s going to be something good. It’s written by Tienne, a mom of young children whom, as you can... Read More

Undiscovered Gems: Betty Duffy

All my brainpower is going to Christmas cards today, so here’s another blog I wanted to share as part of my Undiscovered Gems series: Betty Duffy has become one of those blogs that makes me smile every time Google Reader tells me it’s been updated. You just never know what you’re going to get with her posts — she might write about anything from her experiences with depression to her weight loss history to the quirky aspects of her childhood to realizing that her spiritual struggles have one clear solution — but whatever... Read More

Undiscovered gems: The Philosopher Mom

The first blog I want to introduce you to for my Undiscovered Gems series is The Philosopher Mom. I just love the way she shares her extensive knowledge of philosophy and theology and makes it all relevant to the everyday life of a mom. Her blog first became a favorite when she did a series of posts about Teresa of Avila’s “mansions” of the soul, from which I gained so much great knowledge about spiritual growth (the first post is here, the entire series is here). Her writing has become an even greater source of inspiration for... Read More

Undiscovered Gems

I’m going to start a completely sporadic series of posts where I highlight some of my favorite “undiscovered gem” blogs, i.e. blogs that have excellent content but that might not be considered big in terms of having tons of traffic. (The random criteria I came up with to define “undiscovered” is if it has fewer than 100 Google Reader subscribers.) I’ve wanted to do this for a while, since so often I’ll be reading something on my feed reader and think, “This blog is so good! More people need to be reading... Read More