Celebrating Real Catholic Women: Shannon Wendt

Celebrating Real Catholic Women: Shannon Wendt

Celebrating Real Catholic Women: Shannon Wendt

Meet Shannon Wendt - aka Organic Mama!
Meet Shannon Wendt – aka Organic Mama!

This week, we celebrate the lovely and talented Shannon Wendt, creator and proprietor of Organic Mama’s Shop. I first met Shannon on the Saturday night dance floor at Edel. Since our dance-off in Austin (she obviously brought her “A” game), we’ve gotten to know each other more the old-fashioned way – via Facebook. I knew that Shannon has a heart the size of Texas, but I wanted to know more about her and Organic Mama. You’ll want to be sure and read through to the end for an exclusive special promotion available for Real Catholic Mom readers!


Real Catholic Mom: Hi, Shannon! Thanks for being here! Can you tell the readers a little about the inspiration behind Organic Mama’s Shop?
Shannon Wendt: No problem! I’m so excited to share my stuff. Thanks for giving me a chance! I started my shop because I really love to give (and receive!) handmade gifts. I love the real person aspect of it! Time is precious, and when you spend it creating something for someone else, that means something.

RCM: So, how did it all begin? Did you just wake up and decide, “I am going to take the jewelry world by storm?”
SW: Back in 2008, I started with nursing jewelry. My products all started out as gifts I would give friends at baby showers and people kept encouraging me to sell them. So, one day, I opened an Etsy shop and it took off like a rocket!

Pretty necklace, pretty baby!
Pretty necklace, pretty baby!

I’ve recently launched a new line of Catholic Mama jewelry and those products were born out of a personal need. I used to pray the rosary daily before I had kids. But as the babies started coming, my day got a lot less predictable and quiet prayer time was elusive. Also, as the little ones got bigger, the rosaries got moved out of reach. And out of sight, out of mind … so I created my Rosary Bracelets so that I would have a constant reminder to pray! I designed it to be durable. It can withstand the attention of my toddler, but still looks beautiful. Also, I added a unique feature – the movable crucifix charm. I hardly have 15-20 quiet minutes to finish a rosary, but finding 5 minutes here and there is totally doable. The movable charm can be clipped to the place I left off.

Praying the rosary has never looked this good!
Praying the rosary has never looked this good!
This gorgeous bracelet arrived just in time for my reconsecration to Jesus through Mary. Love!!
This gorgeous bracelet arrived just in time for my reconsecration to Jesus through Mary. Love!!

RCM: A movable charm to keep track is ingenious! My Swiss cheese Mama brain loves this concept so much. Now, the Rosary Bracelet – is that your favorite product, personally?
SW: My Rosary Bracelet is definitely my favorite; specifically the green turquoise! It’s bright and fun and just a little funky. I feel like that’s really me. A simple tool used to grow faith, but with a touch of spunk that can’t be missed.

RCM: Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a lil bit o’ spunk! I like it. So, you’ve got rosaries as part of your product line; your Catholic faith really seems to inspire your work.
SW: Even before I created Catholic jewelry, my faith has always been front and center in my business. I tucked it into every nook and cranny of my shop and print material. When expectant customers contacted me with questions or custom orders, I always let them know I was praying for them. And my name has a lot to do with my faith. I often get asked why I chose “Organic Mama’s Shop” as my name. It started as a joke. I bought organic before it was hip! And my more mainstream friends referred to me as the Organic Mama, and it stuck. But when it came time to name my shop, I prayed on this. And I realized what “organic” meant to me. It wasn’t just the food I buy and the products I use; I realized that what it really meant was living a lifestyle that sought to live, love, grow, and create in a way that God intended.

Also, I’m passionate about helping struggling Moms. The Visitation is my favorite story in the Bible! Moms need each other! I’m glad to be able to help them in a small way through my products, but also 10% of my profits go to support HELP, my local crisis pregnancy center.

Nom, nom, nom. Baby not included with purchase price.

RCM: That is so awesome! The Visitation is my favorite mystery of the rosary! And St. Elizabeth was my Confirmation Saint. So, if you could spend the day with any one saint, Shannon, who would it be, and why?
SW: Undoubtedly St. Joan of Arc! There are other Saints I love. But her life seems the most exciting. She is my Confirmation Saint because I’ve never been one to follow the crowd or let injustice go. I’ve never (sometimes to my detriment!) been one to give up on a fight! The thought of being one chosen by God to lead an army and fight injustice is exciting! I know her story is a little less than glamorous and didn’t end pretty. But if I get to choose the Saint, can I also pick the day? (RCM: You go, girl!) I’d love to ride along with her to Chinon where she picks the king out of the crowd and relays to him the secret sign that her Saintly counsel gave her. How it must have felt to be plucked up and set straight on the path of God’s mission for you and have such clear confirmation from Him!

RCM: I know it sure would be nice if God had a text plan, but that hasn’t happened yet, so … Anyway, is there anything else about you that the Real Catholic Mom readers should know, Organic Mama?
SW: I was gonna say something funny, like, I have misophonia- an extreme intolerance of the sound of people eating. But what I really want your readers to know is that I could use some prayer. I’m currently nine weeks pregnant and we’ve lost our last three little ones. Each one was physically and emotionally more and more difficult. So this mixture of excitement and anxiety can be a little overwhelming. I just want God’s perfect will for this child, and He hasn’t filled me in on what that plan is yet.

RCM: Well, we will definitely pray for you, Shannon! God bless you! Won’t we, readers??


I told you she is a sweetheart! Shannon also says that all her items come with a lifetime repair and replacement promise. Shipping is free for orders of $50 or more, and 10% of each order goes to the HELP Pregnancy Resource Center. You can find Organic Mama’s here, on Etsy and Facebook. And, for a limited time (until September 5, 2014), use discount code REALCATHOLIC and receive 25% off your order!

P.S. Here we are on the dance floor at Edel, having a blast Real Catholic Organic Mama style.

I'm second from the left, and Shannon is on the far right. We bad.
I’m second from the left, and Shannon is on the far right. We bad.
St. Monica, pray for us!

St. Monica, pray for us!

Dear St. Monica,
troubled wife and mother,
many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime.
Yet, you never despaired or lost faith.
With confidence, persistence, and profound faith,
you prayed daily for the conversion
of your beloved husband, Patricius,
and your beloved son, Augustine;
your prayers were answered.
Grant me that same fortitude, patience,
and trust in the Lord.
Intercede for me, dear St. Monica,
that God may favorably hear my plea
and grant me the grace to accept His Will in all things,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.


The Catholic Mom’s “Drop-Kicked Into Reality” Prayer

The Catholic Mom’s “Drop-Kicked Into Reality” Prayer

The last weekend of July, I was blessed to participate in an unspeakably amazing gathering of some of the best women I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. While Edel’s impact on my life resonates so much more deeply than these few sentences can convey, here’s a little something I posted on Facebook once back in “the real world.” The best, my friends, is yet to come. 

The Catholic Mom’s “Drop-Kicked Into Reality” Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, King of rowdy, stubborn children, Redeemer of questionable smells and short tempers, Savior of misplaced shoes, boo boos, messy kitchens, blowout diapers, endless dishes (and laundry and more laundry), double-booked activities, practices and lessons, burned food, cold coffee, clogged toilets, and uniquely depleted Moms, I earnestly pray that the grace received through our Edel experience sustains me as I build my domestic cathedral in the hidden recesses of my home. May I reach out to my Edel sisters for unconditional support and encouragement because, after all, they *know.* May I please, dear Jesus, not allow my sister to drown in plain sight when I sense she is in need. But most importantly, Lord, may I seek You, before and above all else because, when everything is said and done (or necessarily left undone), YOU got this, Lord – You’ve got me, my family, and allllll the beautiful messiness that is my life in the palm of Your hand because You love me as if I were your one and only. I offer all I say and do for Your glory through the intercession of the best Mom around, our Blessed Mother Mary. In Jesus’ Name – Amen!

+Venerable Edel Quinn, Pray for Us!+

Can’t sleep? Here’s an idea …

Can’t sleep? Here’s an idea …

You’d think that, with the extraordinary lack of sleep we’re experiencing in this household lately, I’d go to bed WAY early and sleep REALLY well when sleep makes itself available.

You’d be wrong.

It seems that even when I am sleeping, I’m only doing it halfway, since my subconscious somehow realizes that it will be mere moments (okay, so it’s usually an hour and a half or so) before I am awakened by the sweet sounds of my young daughter. Again.

There have been other times when, after nursing, burping, and using my ninja mothering skills to put Baby G back in her crib, I put my head down on the pillow and just __ can’t ___ get ___ back ___ to ___ sleep.

Why, oh, Lord?

Most often, I am thinking about those things which probably keep other Moms up at night – things done, things to be done, random things, parenting things, kid things, marriage things, silly things, job things, God things, money things, friend things, and lots of, well, things.

Growing up, Mom always said to pray when I couldn’t sleep. So … I don’t know if this is an original idea, but I think I might have found some sort of a way to offer my concerns up to God while remembering my “to do” list without getting up in the middle of the night.

Specifically, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I came up with: Does Jesus Save? Oh, My – Yes!

It was something of a prayer AND a mnemonic device – the first letter of each of the words in this simple phrase reminded me what I was supposed to do this morning when I got up – e-mail D, J, and Facebook S; call O and e-mail M and Y.

I never said I was cool.

I just said that it worked.

These were the REALLY IMPORTANT things that were keeping me from sleeping. Coming up with this was a way to remember them and offer them up to God. Not only did I fall asleep more quickly, I remembered what I needed to do this morning before I went to work.


We’ll see if I’m able to sleep tonight. If not, the HS and I might have to concoct another little phrase to help me out!

Blessings and peace to you – and a good night’s rest.

Welcome to “The New Normal” part two

Welcome to “The New Normal” part two

I decided to start waking up an hour early every morning to take a brisk Rosary walk around our “big” block, because starting a full-time job outside the home for the first time in several several years yesterday wasn’t enough of a change in my life – I crave sleep deprivation, also. Lord, help me.

I can already tell a physical difference, though, which is fabulous! My calves are sore, as is a muscle in my lower back that I haven’t heard from in many moons. Oh, and I’m pretty sure the large pimple forming to the left of my nose is from the sweat puddles. Have I mentioned I don’t care for exercise?

Praise God.

Okay – off to get ready for work. The kids will be up soon. I pray you have a blessed day and will choose to be salt and light wherever Our Lord takes you.