I’m Erin, a soft-spoken Southern belle and Catholic mom of five. Until December 2020, I was a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, driving a big 12-passenger van. These days, my kids are in a small local school, I work full time outside the home, help my husband run a commercial 3D scanning and drone services company, and I drive a big old SUV. We have quite the Pandemic Story, but we’re still that family on the block. You think you know God’s plans for your life, and then He says, “Trust me on this one”…
And–why yes–I do have my heart and hands full as wife to Michael and mom to Gabe, Faith, Gianna, Roman and Aidan. We also have one sweet baby already in Heaven. And we have an 84lb Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Annabelle, because #Coviddogadoption was a thing. Some call it chaos, we call it family.
I’m an introvert who took 32 years to figure out she hadn’t gotten the short end of the stick. I like my espresso with cream, my clothes pretty, and my fiction Jane Austen. I’m also a recovering spiritual perfectionist with a deep devotion to the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, and Divine Mercy. Two things I’ve done that you’d probably never guess? I competed in dressage for years on my horse, Orion, and once attempted a modeling career in New York City.
I’ve been married since 2008 to Michael, who can build anything, carries the Fun Dad card full-time, and has bad luck with arm injuries. He also has the most incredible work ethic of anyone I’ve ever met. Michael and I have a passion for sharing hope and practical tools for marriage and family life, and we currently serve at the national level for the Domestic Church movement. Our story is proof that your marriage has as much potential as God has power.
In 2009, I was a new wife and mother living hundreds of miles away from family, so I did what lots of my friends were doing at the time: I started a blog. Over the years, this space has given me wonderful opportunities to minister through writing for online publications, speaking, podcasting and Catholic radio. Pop over to my Speaking page to see a list of my upcoming speaking events and interviews.
Have I mentioned that I have five children under 13, and that I’m in the first year of starting up a technology services company with my husband?
Or that my two youngest boys are just shy of Irish twins, and are a double-handful of knife stories, escape attempts, and weird things I’ve had to disinfect?
Or that just a few years ago, we had to live with my parents for two years while getting back on our feet after my husband almost cut off his arm in a chainsaw accident?
God has definitely been writing straight with crooked lines over the course of my life so far. But I’ve learned that part of the Good News is that surprising new directions and even lots of mess don’t mean I’m doing it all wrong.
What You’ll Find on This Blog
They say that we often develop a passion for ministry where we ourselves have suffered most.
I love to speak about my journeys with my Catholic faith, mental health, marriage, discernment, and self-image.
If you’re like me, and you’re
always sometimes in need of a shot in the arm involving one of those topics, you’re in the right place! I’d love to connect with you. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram, and to stay updated on new blog posts, just shoot me your email here. I promise not to flood your inbox–my hands are too full offline for that! I’m not Superwoman over here. It’s all just Jesus and coffee. 🙂