Freaks are family, too

Freaks are family, too

Growing up in a multi-racial adoptive home, I often felt l didn’t quite fit in — my nose was too big, my voice was too loud, my dreams were too crazy. So I did lots of stupid stuff to try to fit in. Eventually, I realized the differences within my family were opportunities for sanctification, not despair and annihilation. 

Even today, I get the feeling my particular brand of extroverted evangelism isn’t exactly what folks are hoping for as they’re paying for their jumbo-sized toilet paper pack at Costco. Hahahahaha. #truestory See Twitter. It isn’t uncommon for me to feel like a sojourner in a strange land.

Do you ever feel like an outsider? Do you wonder if you’re worthy enough to claim a seat at the table? Wonder if you’ll be seen and accepted and loved just the way you are? Me. Too. A lot.

But. No longer! The GOOD NEWS of God’s Word breathes truth and life into my doubt: I can be a misfit and a Jesus Freak all day long in the eyes of the world, and sometimes even in the eyes of my community, but with Christ as my brother and Savior, Almighty God as my good Father, and Mama Mary as my loving Mother, there will always, always, ALWAYS be a place for me in God’s Family as beloved daughter.

And so it is with you, my friend. Be not afraid to be *who you are.* Why? Because He made YOU. He wants a relationship with YOU. He loves YOU. Beautiful, messy, courageous, timid, amazing YOU. 

Sister, we may never be everyone’s cup of tea or glass of sangria, but that’s okay! We’re alive here and now for a particular reason according to His glorious purpose. You matter in an unspeakable, unshakable way to the Sovereign King of the Universe. And that, my dear sister in Christ, is what REALLY matters.


Speaking of not fitting in, if you are a fan of hip hop/rap, Lecrae has a hard-hitting track that has been on repeat over here for about two weeks now. Even if you dislike rap, the lyrics are worth checking out. But you should listen to it at least once, too, IMHO #newthingsareokay #outsiders #anomaly

If you’re so inclined, head on over to Blessed is She and read the rest, which includes today’s Scripture readings for Mass.

God bless y’all!

photo used with permission from BIS. 
{SQT} All the things, man. All the things. #TVPLaunch #CWR2015 and more

{SQT} All the things, man. All the things. #TVPLaunch #CWR2015 and more


Without further ado, ALLLLLL the things:


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So … it’s true … it’s really happening. The Visitation Project premieres THIS SUNDAY on the all-new Mater Dei Radio at 7:30 p.m. PST. I can’t even. Simcha Fisher herself has an EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CLIP today, and our friend Nell with Whole Parenting wrote about it, as did Cari from Clan Donaldson. Miss Dwija from House Unseen ‘Grammed it … Oh – and Sr. Patricia reviewed it over at Patheos. How could I forget Sr. Patricia? HILARIOUS!! Please let me know if we are missing anyone! (Why does this feel like the Oscars?) And … Thanks to all our friends and family for their support. Now we just hope that someone will actually listen … and then actually listen again. And still. The listening. ALLLLL the listening. Check out posts from my amazing co-hosts Bonnie and Rebecca, too!


TVP hearts Catholic Radio giveaway winner

Another radio-related note: the TVP crew converged upon the Catholic Broadcasting NW facilities in Portland, OR, to record earlier this spring, and they just launched their new name – Mater Dei Radio – along with a spiffy new website, and schedule (including TVP! Squee!) today. So, so much good stuff. Last week was their Pledge Drive, and they raised about 91% of their goal. Looking for something to do for the New Evangelization, but not sure where to start? Supporting Catholic radio is always a good bet, and I am 100% positive they would still accept donations of any size if you’re willing and able. My friend Cajun Texas Mom (also our TVP Giveaway winner! WOOT!) does a great job explaining why.


Ain't no party like a Catholic party and the Catholic party don't stahp
Ain’t no party like a Catholic party and the Catholic party don’t stahp

What else? Oh, yes! Tickets for Catholic Women Rejoice featuring Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary + the Edel Gathering and Catholic Evangelist Kelly Wahlquist and yours truly went on sale Monday! We decided to change up the event a bit this year, so it’s going to kick off with Vigil Mass at 5, beer + wine + yummies, speakers, and then … a party. How awesome would it be to get the women in your life a ticket for Mother’s Day? Really. How awesome? Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2015, and come rejoice with us!


My blog title may or may not have been inspired by The Blues Brothers.
My blog title may or may not have been inspired by The Blues Brothers.

I had a devotion up at Blessed is She yesterday. Being part of this team is always incredibly edifying. I hope you’ll check out the #projectblessed stuff happening over on Instagram and Twitter, too. It’s soul-fulfilling!


My second post is up at on Monday. It's a doozy.
My second post is up at on Monday. It’s a doozy.

My second article for is out Monday, May 4th. I’d really love to know what you think. It’s a bit different for me (who normally dwells squarely in raw, truth-teller-ville) to delve into fictitious fable-land, but it was all for the greater glory of God so we can welcome the stranger in our midst. I’ll post a link here when it’s live.


The Instigator left me and the kids to go to visit all the people in Alabama this week. Boo, hiss. I plan on spending most of Sunday in the Adoration Chapel to recover and I’m not even kidding.


I keep thinking I’m missing something. But that’s probably because the rent is due and the kids need to be picked up from school and, as usual, I have too many things going on at once.

Y’all, that’s probably what I’m forgetting: will you PLEASE pray for me? I could surely use your prayers. There are some things going on behind the scenes that aren’t ready to be shared here, but definitely can still be prayed over. I would be SO incredibly grateful! And … please do leave me a comment … how may I pray for you? I promise I will. After all, we are in this crazy thing called life together.

Until next time,



Linking up with the super cool Kelly Mantoan at This Ain’t the Lyceum. I would challenge her to a dance-off, but I’d lose.