The Right Heart https://humblehandmaid.com Erin Franco Wed, 22 Jul 2020 23:25:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 The Right Heart is a Catholic podcast that believes a heart directed by solid spiritual formation is a heart we can follow. Host Erin Franco interviews guests about practical wisdom and spiritual perspective for the everyday struggles of the Christian life. <br /> <br /> www.TheRightHeartPodcast.com <br /> www.HumbleHandmaid.com The Right Heart clean The Right Heart erinbfranco@gmail.com erinbfranco@gmail.com (The Right Heart) Erin Franco The Right Heart http://humblehandmaid.com/wp-content/uploads/TRH_podcast.jpg https://humblehandmaid.com 93062985 Back to the Heart of Sunday Rest, with Lisa Schmidt https://humblehandmaid.com/episode27/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:55:19 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3821 https://humblehandmaid.com/episode27/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/episode27/feed/ 0 <p>Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic is back for Episode 27 of The Right Heart, and my interview with her has become one of my favorite episodes of podcast. (Lisa’s first time on the podcast was in Episode 17: Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple). In this interview, Lisa and I have an inspiring, enlightening, and at times ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode27/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Back to the Heart of Sunday Rest, with Lisa Schmidt</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode27/">Back to the Heart of Sunday Rest, with Lisa Schmidt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> BacktotheHeartofSundayRestimage

Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic is back for Episode 27 of The Right Heart, and my interview with her has become one of my favorite episodes of podcast. (Lisa’s first time on the podcast was in Episode 17: Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple).

In this interview, Lisa and I have an inspiring, enlightening, and at times brutally honest conversation about our own struggles with what “resting” on Sunday has looked liked over the years. As I confess early on, “Sundays too often feel like another Saturday, but we just have to find a mass time that works with our schedule.” What resting should and could look like for our busy lives is a topic that I think a lot of us gloss over because there are few hard and fast rules–or easy answers.

I love that Lisa and I quickly get past acknowledging how hard figuring out “rest” can be, though, and we get to work with chatting about what we’ve each been learning is God’s plan for a weekly day of rest and renewal of our joy in Him.

In this episode

  • Scripture and Church teaching on Sunday (Sabbath) rest, and God’s plan for it in our lives
  • Our own struggles with figuring out what “rest” can look like for us and our families in a busy world with complicated situations
  • Ideas that we try to implement in our own families
  • Why there really are no hard and fast “rest rules” for Catholics on Sundays (other than attending Sunday mass)

About Lisa Schmidt

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Lisa is a stay-at-home Catholic wife and mother of four. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic blog. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. She writes regularly for Catholic Stand and CatholicMom.com. Lisa is down to earth, kind, and genuine. If you haven’t heard her speak before, or haven’t checked out her blog yet, I think you’ll quickly come to like her as much as I do. 🙂

Links and resources

Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2172“God’s action is the model for human action. If God “rested and was refreshed” on the seventh day, man too ought to “rest” and should let others, especially the poor, “be refreshed.” The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.”

Dies Domini, St. Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Apostolic Letter “On Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy” (This is a MUST-READ, ya’ll.)

Rest that Renews: Taking Back the Lord’s Day – My blog post about Sunday rest

Exodus 20:8

Deuteronomy 5:12-15  

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Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic is back for Episode 27 of The Right Heart, and my interview with her has become one of my favorite episodes of podcast. (Lisa’s first time on the podcast was in Episode 17: Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Co... Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic is back for Episode 27 of The Right Heart, and my interview with her has become one of my favorite episodes of podcast. (Lisa’s first time on the podcast was in Episode 17: Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple). In this interview, Lisa and I have an inspiring, enlightening, and at times ... Read More about Back to the Heart of Sunday Rest, with Lisa Schmidt The Right Heart clean 45:03 3821
Helpful Resources, Ideas and Traditions for Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part 2), with Jenny Ryan https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part2/ Thu, 19 May 2016 10:00:26 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3766 https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part2/#comments https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part2/feed/ 3 <p>This is the second part of a long, wonderful conversation I had with Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine. (You can listen to the first episode here.) This episode is packed with tips, tricks, encouragement and resource ideas! Spiritual books, websites, audio CD resources, and family devotions and habits that we have enjoyed using for ourselves and ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part2/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Helpful Resources, Ideas and Traditions for Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part 2), with Jenny Ryan</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part2/">Helpful Resources, Ideas and Traditions for Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part 2), with Jenny Ryan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> JennyRyanPart2episodeimage

This is the second part of a long, wonderful conversation I had with Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine. (You can listen to the first episode here.) This episode is packed with tips, tricks, encouragement and resource ideas!

  • Spiritual books, websites, audio CD resources, and family devotions and habits that we have enjoyed using for ourselves and our kids
  • The realities of trying to figure out when, where and how to pray regularly with our families
  • Ideas for dealing with young children during family prayer time
  • Encouragement with parents with babies
  • The importance of family traditions
  • Ideas for using time in the car for family prayer

I enjoyed this interview so much, and I know that you will, too!

About Jenny Ryan

Jenny is a Catholic wife and mother of five. She is also the author of Love with All My Might, a Catholic children’s book about prayer. She blogs at Mothering Sunshine and also writes regularly for the Holy Heroes blog. Read more about Jenny here.

Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Bible Basics for Catholics by John Bergsma

Love with All My Might by Jenny Ryan (Jenny’s children’s book)

Holy Heroes (website)

Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwhiler

Mothering Sunshine resource page

Catholic Icing (website)

The Picture Bible

‘The Story of the Bible’ Audio Drama by Tan Homeschool

The Little Oratory by Leila Lawlor

Glory Stories by Holy Heroes

The Divine Pity by Gerald Vann

Stations of the Cross Family Audio CD by Holy Heroes

Holy Heroes coloring books

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This is the second part of a long, wonderful conversation I had with Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine. (You can listen to the first episode here.) This episode is packed with tips, tricks, encouragement and resource ideas! Spiritual books, websites, This is the second part of a long, wonderful conversation I had with Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine. (You can listen to the first episode here.) This episode is packed with tips, tricks, encouragement and resource ideas! Spiritual books, websites, audio CD resources, and family devotions and habits that we have enjoyed using for ourselves and ... Read More about Helpful Resources, Ideas and Traditions for Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part 2), with Jenny Ryan The Right Heart clean 45:36 3766
Challenges in Modern Motherhood and Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part I), with Jenny Ryan https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part1/ Wed, 18 May 2016 15:46:46 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3770 https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part1/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part1/feed/ 0 <p>This episode is the first part of a wonderful conversation I had with Catholic blogger Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine on modern motherhood and how to pass on faith to our kids. (You can listen to the second part of our conversation, which focuses more on specific resources, ideas, and traditions, here.) You’ll feel like you’re right ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part1/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Challenges in Modern Motherhood and Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part I), with Jenny Ryan</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/passing-on-faith-to-our-kids-part1/">Challenges in Modern Motherhood and Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part I), with Jenny Ryan</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> JennyRyanPart1episodeimage

This episode is the first part of a wonderful conversation I had with Catholic blogger Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine on modern motherhood and how to pass on faith to our kids. (You can listen to the second part of our conversation, which focuses more on specific resources, ideas, and traditions, here.)

You’ll feel like you’re right there at the table with us in this episode! Jenny and I hit it off immediately, and I think that both of us pretty much forgot we were recording a podcast and just started discussing life and mothering and God and grace. In fact, we had such a good conversation that I just couldn’t bring myself to edit it all down to a single podcast episode! So, I decided to make two podcast episodes out of Jenny’s interview. In the second episode (you can listen to it here), Jenny and I turn our conversation toward specific spiritual books, audio CDs, teaching resources, family devotions, traditions, and other ideas that we have used in our own families.

In this episode

  • Honest talk about the problems and temptations we face as modern mothers
  • What our own faith should look like before we can pass on faith to our kids
  • What grace really looks like in motherhood
  • Encouragement for young moms
  • Lots of uninterrupted, two-moms-over-a-cup-of-coffee chatting about life and motherhood (like I said, we all but forgot we were recording!)

About Jenny Ryan

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Jenny Ryan is a Catholic wife, mother of five, author and blogger. She writes for her own blog, Mothering Sunshine, as well as for the Holy Heroes blog. She is the author of Love with All My Mighta Catholic children’s book about prayer.

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This episode is the first part of a wonderful conversation I had with Catholic blogger Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine on modern motherhood and how to pass on faith to our kids. (You can listen to the second part of our conversation, This episode is the first part of a wonderful conversation I had with Catholic blogger Jenny Ryan of Mothering Sunshine on modern motherhood and how to pass on faith to our kids. (You can listen to the second part of our conversation, which focuses more on specific resources, ideas, and traditions, here.) You’ll feel like you’re right ... Read More about Challenges in Modern Motherhood and Passing on Faith to Our Kids (Part I), with Jenny Ryan The Right Heart clean 33:11 3770
Meet My Husband {Michael Franco on Faith, Marriage, and the Story of Us} https://humblehandmaid.com/meet-my-husband/ Sun, 01 May 2016 21:34:45 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3775 https://humblehandmaid.com/meet-my-husband/#comments https://humblehandmaid.com/meet-my-husband/feed/ 2 <p>This episode has been a long time in coming! Meet my husband, Michael, the main reason why I’m able to have a blogging and podcasting ministry at all. I think you’ll enjoy this episode where I ask Michael to tell some of our story from his perspective, and we both share what marriage, faith, and the ups and ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/meet-my-husband/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Meet My Husband {Michael Franco on Faith, Marriage, and the Story of Us}</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/meet-my-husband/">Meet My Husband {Michael Franco on Faith, Marriage, and the Story of Us}</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> MeetMyHusbandfeatureimage

This episode has been a long time in coming! Meet my husband, Michael, the main reason why I’m able to have a blogging and podcasting ministry at all.

I think you’ll enjoy this episode where I ask Michael to tell some of our story from his perspective, and we both share what marriage, faith, and the ups and downs of life have looked like for us so far.

About Michael Franco

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Michael is a Catholic husband and father of three (with one on the way!). He is a mechanical engineer and project coordinator. His hobbies include building things (really, he’ll build just about anything), hunting, fishing, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and children. He is half Sicilian Italian, so he’s got the Tall, Dark and Handsome thing going for him, too. Oh, and he’s the long-suffering main babysitter engaged by the girl behind Humble Handmaid and The Right Heart Podcast.

In this episode

  • How Michael strayed away from his faith as a teenager–then found it again in college
  • Our summer camp love story (including me turning him down the first time he asked me out, and the story of how I almost spent the night alone on a mountain on our first date)
  • Our engagement story (it involved Eucharistic adoration–I told you he was a keeper! Plus check out this ancient treasure of a post from my second anniversary)
  • Our first eight years of marriage and parenthood (the good, the bad, and the honest)
  • Family Dinner (check out this episode for more info)
  • Domestic Church (check out this episode of the podcast for more about our story and this beautiful movement)
  • Michael’s thoughts on what has been most important for our marriage, including praying as a couple (Yep… there’s an episode for that, too!)

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Michael and I the summer we met at camp. He was 23 and I was 19.

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After The Texas Chainsaw Episode

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Our family recently at the parish fair

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Most shots I get of us are fuzzy for some reason!

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He’s such a good dad, ya’ll.

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This episode has been a long time in coming! Meet my husband, Michael, the main reason why I’m able to have a blogging and podcasting ministry at all. I think you’ll enjoy this episode where I ask Michael to tell some of our story from his perspective,... This episode has been a long time in coming! Meet my husband, Michael, the main reason why I’m able to have a blogging and podcasting ministry at all. I think you’ll enjoy this episode where I ask Michael to tell some of our story from his perspective, and we both share what marriage, faith, and the ups and ... Read More about Meet My Husband {Michael Franco on Faith, Marriage, and the Story of Us} The Right Heart clean 41:58 3775
Finding community, pursuing your wife, becoming a dad, and staying right with God: An episode for young fathers https://humblehandmaid.com/adviceforyoungdads/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:57:57 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3681 https://humblehandmaid.com/adviceforyoungdads/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/adviceforyoungdads/feed/ 0 <p>This one’s for the guys (but the girls will love it, too!). Jim Havens of the Catholic Family Men blog joined me for this episode of the podcast way back last fall. I had been wanting to do some episodes of The Right Heart geared more toward the guys, and when I came across Jim’s blog, I ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/adviceforyoungdads/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Finding community, pursuing your wife, becoming a dad, and staying right with God: An episode for young fathers</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/adviceforyoungdads/">Finding community, pursuing your wife, becoming a dad, and staying right with God: An episode for young fathers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> JimHavensepisodeimage

This one’s for the guys (but the girls will love it, too!).

Jim Havens of the Catholic Family Men blog joined me for this episode of the podcast way back last fall. I had been wanting to do some episodes of The Right Heart geared more toward the guys, and when I came across Jim’s blog, I decided he’d be a good man for the job!

Jim and I had a great conversation about challenges and advice for young husbands and fathers (or those of you who aren’t exactly young, but are new to the game:). We chatted about lots of helpful tips for figuring out the vocation to marriage in those first few years of marriage and parenting. 

I feel terrible that it’s taken this long to release his episode, by the way. I’ve been so grateful for Jim’s cheerful and humble patience in waiting for me to get things together on my end.

The good news is that I believe that both Jim and all of you wonderful listeners out there will think this episode was worth the wait!

About Jim

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Jim Havens is a lay minister at a Catholic parish in Pensacola, Florida. He and his wife of eight years, Becky, have four children.

You can read more about Jim here.

Links from this episode

Catholic Family Men (Jim’s blog)

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This one’s for the guys (but the girls will love it, too!). Jim Havens of the Catholic Family Men blog joined me for this episode of the podcast way back last fall. I had been wanting to do some episodes of The Right Heart geared more toward the guys, This one’s for the guys (but the girls will love it, too!). Jim Havens of the Catholic Family Men blog joined me for this episode of the podcast way back last fall. I had been wanting to do some episodes of The Right Heart geared more toward the guys, and when I came across Jim’s blog, I ... Read More about Finding community, pursuing your wife, becoming a dad, and staying right with God: An episode for young fathers The Right Heart clean 34:15 3681
Episode 22: Books, Reading, and Lisa Hendey’s New “Chime Travelers” Series for Kids https://humblehandmaid.com/episode22/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:56:56 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3508 https://humblehandmaid.com/episode22/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/episode22/feed/ 0 <p>It’s taken me way too long to post this great interview I did last fall with the wonderful Lisa Hendey. It’s just that we bought a house and then we moved and then came The Holidays and then came The First Trimester and Life Happens, you know? 🙂 What’s the really, really lovely news, though? Can you say, “bonus ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode22/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Episode 22: Books, Reading, and Lisa Hendey’s New “Chime Travelers” Series for Kids</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode22/">Episode 22: Books, Reading, and Lisa Hendey’s New “Chime Travelers” Series for Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> chimetravelers

It’s taken me way too long to post this great interview I did last fall with the wonderful Lisa Hendey. It’s just that we bought a house and then we moved and then came The Holidays and then came The First Trimester and Life Happens, you know? 🙂

What’s the really, really lovely news, though? Can you say, “bonus episode”?!

While you are anxiously waiting for my new weekly radio show to start airing, I happen to have this fun, interesting interview with a top Catholic author, speaker and evangelist conveniently ready to share with you. Plus in all honesty, the timing is probably spot-on since these adorable books would make absolutely awesome Easter basket goodies this year for the kids (shhh–don’t tell mine!:).

I met Lisa through email about five years ago when I emailed her to ask if I could write for a little website she founded called CatholicMom.com. It was really neat for me to finally talk to her, even if was just over the phone. She is one of those people who is just as genuine and kind in person as she seems over email.

Late last summer, Ave Maria Press sent me review copies of the first two books in Lisa’s new “Chime Travelers” series for childrenI loved them. So did my five-year-old son. The first two books are The Secret of the Shamrock and The Sign of the Carved Cross. The books follow Catholic twins Patrick and Katie on adventures back in time with the saints. Along the way, the twins learn lessons about God and how to virtuously handle familiar struggles we all face growing up. The first book follows Patrick on a journey in Ireland with St. Patrick, and the second book brings Katie to the village of St. Kateria Tekakwitha.

These two books were actually some of the first chapter books I tried reading aloud to Gabriel, who was mostly just interested in twaddle-type Superman books up to that point. (Which, if those are a gateway to reading for your child or mine, then that’s great. No judging here!:). So, you can imagine that I was pretty surprised when Gabriel seemed to really enjoy the Chime Travelers books. They say that you know a child is enjoying a read-aloud book when he or she is never quite ready to stop reading for the night. It was like that every night we read a Chime Travelers book.

Gabriel really likes the Magic Tree House series these days, and the Chime Travelers books remind me a lot of that series (cute animal sidekicks, predictable starts to adventures when the kids are in or near a church). I think a major difference between the two series, though, is that the Chime Travelers twins, Patrick and Katie, have solid character development and spiritual growth in each book, rather than the flat characters in the Magic Tree House. I felt like I was feeding my son’s soul rather than just getting him to read a book for the sake of learning to love reading. 

Since I reviewed Lisa’s first two Chime Travelers books, two more have come out–adventures with St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi. I’m looking forward to surprising six-year-old Gabriel and four-year-old Faith with them for Easter. 🙂

Enjoy! (And don’t worry, we talk about a lot more than the books in the interview.:)

ABOUT LISA

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The best word to describe Lisa Hendey is Catholic media evangelist. She is a popular author, speaker, webmaster, podcaster and TV show host. She is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com, and is also an Editor-at-Large for Ave Maria Press. Lisa wears several other ministry and contributor hats besides these. God has touched many hearts through this California wife and mother of two. I was honored to have her on the show and to share her newest project.

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

The Chime Travelers series

Lisa’s website

CatholicMom.com 

 

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It’s taken me way too long to post this great interview I did last fall with the wonderful Lisa Hendey. It’s just that we bought a house and then we moved and then came The Holidays and then came The First Trimester and Life Happens, you know? It’s taken me way too long to post this great interview I did last fall with the wonderful Lisa Hendey. It’s just that we bought a house and then we moved and then came The Holidays and then came The First Trimester and Life Happens, you know? 🙂 What’s the really, really lovely news, though? Can you say, “bonus ... Read More about Episode 22: Books, Reading, and Lisa Hendey’s New “Chime Travelers” Series for Kids The Right Heart clean 23:47 3508
Episode 18: Christy Isinger on Making Time for Mom https://humblehandmaid.com/episode18/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:10:48 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3459 https://humblehandmaid.com/episode18/#comments https://humblehandmaid.com/episode18/feed/ 2 <p>Christy Isinger was fun to interview. I enjoyed meeting her back at Edel 2015, and I knew then that she’d be a great guest for the podcast. Her sweet, bubbly voice and down-to-earth honesty make you feel like you’ve been friends for ages. In this episode, we chat about what it’s like to be a mother ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode18/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Episode 18: Christy Isinger on Making Time for Mom</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode18/">Episode 18: Christy Isinger on Making Time for Mom</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> FindingMeTimeasaMom

Christy Isinger was fun to interview. I enjoyed meeting her back at Edel 2015, and I knew then that she’d be a great guest for the podcast. Her sweet, bubbly voice and down-to-earth honesty make you feel like you’ve been friends for ages.

In this episode, we chat about what it’s like to be a mother of (many) littles, and how difficult it is to find time to do things that energize you. Christy shares about her love of reading–and when she finds little moments to do it every day. And I share a few tips of my own on making time to do things that are good for me apart from mothering. We have lots of laughs, commiserating, and encouraging in this episode. I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

About ChristyCHRISTYEDIT

Christy is a petite Canadian sweetheart with five beautiful children, one wonderful husband, a sassy pair of glasses, a popular blog and podcast, and a crazy-high tolerance for cold, snowy weather (apparently). She also writes for Blessed is She. She’s been around the block a few times with this motherhood gig, and her honest tips about where she finds little moments for herself during the day inspired me to make more of an effort to do so myself.

Links from this Episode

Fountains of Home (Christy’s blog)

The Fountains of Carrots Podcast

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Blessed is She

Christy’s “The Bookish Mum” blog post series

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Christy Isinger was fun to interview. I enjoyed meeting her back at Edel 2015, and I knew then that she’d be a great guest for the podcast. Her sweet, bubbly voice and down-to-earth honesty make you feel like you’ve been friends for ages. Christy Isinger was fun to interview. I enjoyed meeting her back at Edel 2015, and I knew then that she’d be a great guest for the podcast. Her sweet, bubbly voice and down-to-earth honesty make you feel like you’ve been friends for ages. In this episode, we chat about what it’s like to be a mother ... Read More about Episode 18: Christy Isinger on Making Time for Mom The Right Heart clean 47:58 3459
A Slice of Life, Sneak Peeks, and MORE Big News {BONUS 10-MIN EPISODE!} https://humblehandmaid.com/bonusepisodejan14/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:54:53 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3518 https://humblehandmaid.com/bonusepisodejan14/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/bonusepisodejan14/feed/ 0 <p>The Right Heart has been a little quiet lately, but not without good reason! I’ve been pre-recording shows for my new radio show starting up in February, and life has been a little crazy over the past couple of months in the (new, and finally all our own!) Casa de Franco. I just had to ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/bonusepisodejan14/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about A Slice of Life, Sneak Peeks, and MORE Big News {BONUS 10-MIN EPISODE!}</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/bonusepisodejan14/">A Slice of Life, Sneak Peeks, and MORE Big News {BONUS 10-MIN EPISODE!}</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> bonusepisodeimage

The Right Heart has been a little quiet lately, but not without good reason! I’ve been pre-recording shows for my new radio show starting up in February, and life has been a little crazy over the past couple of months in the (new, and finally all our own!) Casa de Franco.

I just had to share this fun bonus episode full of very special news, sneak peeks into upcoming podcast episodes, and some encouragement (and how-to tips!) on day-to-day surviving when life gets a little crazy for a while. At just around 10 minutes, this little episode is perfect to enjoy with your morning coffee. Or if you’re like me right now, your huge bowl of ice cream after the kids go to bed. 🙂

May the peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding be with each of you today!

And for those of you who don’t have time to listen to the episode right now, but want to scroll through some cute pics now and listen later…here you go.:)

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This is as close as we got to a legit Christmas photo of my family this year. I just couldn’t pull it all together with everything going on.:) I’m shooting for Easter for a more frame-worthy shot (*cough, cough* Olivia, please tell me you and your magic camera will come over for us then?!). At least the kids are adorable in this one!

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In a fit of Homeschool Mom Coolness, we made a rosary out of pretzels and raisins one day. Yay for Fine Motor Skill practice!20151202_220052

This is Lucky the deer. He was Michael’s first shot on his very first hunting trip ever. Thanks, Lucky, for giving my husband a new hobby, making him feel extremely deadly and manly, and for gracing my new living room wall for all of three weeks before I had to take you down. I’m just not that kind of girl. I apologize that your current home in the guest room closet is a little isolating. One day when Michael has a Man Cave space, I’m all about displaying you there. (Sorry, Michael! Love you!)20151201_153715

Like mother, like daughter.
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This is me and my beautiful little sister, Dr. Shannon, and my little niece Nora! They got to come visit for an afternoon right before Christmas, since Shannon had to work noon Christmas Eve through noon Christmas Day (worst holiday scheduling ever!?). I can’t wait until Shannon is out of residency so that we get to see her (and my brother-in-law and Nora) more often. Pray for medical residents and their families! It’s a lot of work and the hours are crazy tough.

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Oh man, these guys. Triple trouble. 🙂

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The Right Heart has been a little quiet lately, but not without good reason! I’ve been pre-recording shows for my new radio show starting up in February, and life has been a little crazy over the past couple of months in the (new, The Right Heart has been a little quiet lately, but not without good reason! I’ve been pre-recording shows for my new radio show starting up in February, and life has been a little crazy over the past couple of months in the (new, and finally all our own!) Casa de Franco. I just had to ... Read More about A Slice of Life, Sneak Peeks, and MORE Big News {BONUS 10-MIN EPISODE!} The Right Heart clean 10:34 3518
Episode 17: Lisa Schmidt on Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple https://humblehandmaid.com/episode17/ Mon, 04 Jan 2016 02:44:08 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3403 https://humblehandmaid.com/episode17/#comments https://humblehandmaid.com/episode17/feed/ 4 <p>Lisa Schmidt is a Catholic wife, mother of three (with one on the way!), blogger and speaker. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. She writes regularly for Catholic Stand and CatholicMom.com. After meeting Lisa at Edel ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode17/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Episode 17: Lisa Schmidt on Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode17/">Episode 17: Lisa Schmidt on Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> Lisa Schmidt is lisa schmidta Catholic wife, mother of three (with one on the way!), blogger and speaker. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. She writes regularly for Catholic Stand and CatholicMom.com.

After meeting Lisa at Edel last summer, I was thrilled to talk to her again on The Right Heart! She is beautiful, inside and out, and articulate, genuine, and kind to boot. I think she did a great job with our show topic, which is the story of her marriage choosing to embrace Church teaching on contraception–or “restoring her fertility to God” as she explains it. I was so impressed with her candor in sharing the story of a very personal decision for her and her husband. I hope her story will encourage others contemplating a similar change in their relationship with God.

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Lisa Schmidt is a Catholic wife, mother of three (with one on the way!), blogger and speaker. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. Lisa Schmidt is a Catholic wife, mother of three (with one on the way!), blogger and speaker. She and her husband, Deacon Joel Schmidt, run The Practicing Catholic. Lisa and Deacon Joel also host their own podcast, and Lisa is no stranger to radio. She writes regularly for Catholic Stand and CatholicMom.com. After meeting Lisa at Edel ... Read More about Episode 17: Lisa Schmidt on Restoring Your Fertility to God as a Couple The Right Heart clean 39:13 3403
Episode 19: How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to the Church https://humblehandmaid.com/episode19/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:00:22 +0000 http://humblehandmaid.com/?p=3365 https://humblehandmaid.com/episode19/#respond https://humblehandmaid.com/episode19/feed/ 0 <p>When I asked popular Catholic speaker, author, and social media expert Brandon Vogt to be a guest on The Right Heart, I had a topic in mind for him. I wanted to ask him why so many young Catholics leave the Catholic Church, and what we can do to help draw them back to it. ... <a href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode19/" class="more-link">Read More <span class="screen-reader-text">about Episode 19: How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to the Church</span></a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com/episode19/">Episode 19: How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to the Church</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://humblehandmaid.com">Humble Handmaid</a>.</p> EP019image

When I asked popular Catholic speaker, author, and social media expert Brandon Vogt to be a guest on The Right Heart, I had a topic in mind for him. I wanted to ask him why so many young Catholics leave the Catholic Church, and what we can do to help draw them back to it.

Enter the Holy Spirit’s top-notch timing. Little did I know, Brandon had spent the last year putting together a phenomenal new project on exactly that topic.

The Return Project is a book and video series that explores why many young Catholics leave the Church, and how their faithful loved ones can help them find their way back.

I was fascinated by the research Brandon put into this project, as well as the insight and spiritual depth of his practical suggestions for how to witness to fallen-away Catholics in word and action. I think you will find this episode to be practical, informative, and–most of all–encouraging. Brandon doesn’t just talk about a problem that is all-too-real for many parents and families: he tells us what we can do about it.

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Brandon is a devoted husband and father of four young children. He works as the Content Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Ministries, though he is also a well-known author, blogger and speaker. He has published four books, and he has been interviewed by many Catholic and secular news and media outlets. Brandon’s resume of past and current projects is impressive. He is launching The Return Project in November 2015. Check out his website for a list of the great work he is doing for the Church!

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE

BrandonVogt.com

HelpThemReturn.com

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When I asked popular Catholic speaker, author, and social media expert Brandon Vogt to be a guest on The Right Heart, I had a topic in mind for him. I wanted to ask him why so many young Catholics leave the Catholic Church, When I asked popular Catholic speaker, author, and social media expert Brandon Vogt to be a guest on The Right Heart, I had a topic in mind for him. I wanted to ask him why so many young Catholics leave the Catholic Church, and what we can do to help draw them back to it. ... Read More about Episode 19: How to Help Your Loved Ones Return to the Church The Right Heart clean 29:41 3365