Would you consider yourself a religious person? Have you always believed this? Do your current beliefs align with what you were taught as a child? And if not, what was the turning point? This week, talk about your religion or spiritual beliefs (or perhaps your lack of).
I guess we haven't done this yet, have we? Are we there yet? Mary and I have both skimmed the surface of our religious beliefs (I'm saying both of us because we both are in the same book on the same chapter when it comes to faith), but we haven't quite disclosed it in an OBVIOUS way to you readers. So, I guess since Danielle brought it up, we'll do this thang.
To be completely honest, I started off blogging here and wanted to essentially hide that we were Catholic. Also, even remotely Christian. I didn't want to push any readers away. I didn't want to alienate anyone that may be here as "just" a cloth diapering or baby wearing mom who may be offended if we talked a little bit too much about Jesus.
I wanted to create an environment that someone could feel like they weren't excluded from what we had to say.
But then I realized that to be honest and real with you -- about my mothering, about my marriage, about my relationships --- I had to be an open book. I couldn't hide certain parts of myself and expect you as a reader to feel like you could trust me or even KNOW me. You don't know me if I hide certain facets of who I am. And not even certain facets -- that which I believe gives me life and everything in it.
So I stopped hiding my faith. Mary and I started being more open about it, here and there, but we have never openly done a "This Post Is About Catholicism And The Saints And Mary And The Pope." We haven't done that.
Not because we don't want to for fear of alienating our readers and friends alike, but because Catholicism flows through us like air. Because it isn't something we need to say constantly (much like constantly saying I am a Mother, I am a Wife, I am a Woman).
We just ARE.
I didn't start this blog with the intention of having only Catholic or religious readers or community. I started it because I know that when I walk into the world - at work, at the grocery store, at the park - I meet people who are different. Different than me, different than Mary, different than our families. I wanted that for this space.
I want people who will push me to see beyond my Catholic "bubble," people who unequivocally love each other for who they are, not what their faith is. I want to see things with an open mind --- while still resting in the Truth of my beliefs.
It's okay to branch out. It's okay to not just write about cloth diapers (we did that for a long time). It's okay to not write about being Blatantly Catholic. It's okay to not just write product reviews or giveaways or about Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips. It's okay to write a little about life, and feelings and the nitty gritty of this journey.
I am not scared anymore, though. I'm not scared of losing a reader because we are Catholic or because we believe in a Creator that is bigger than my needs and my wants. I'm not scared to speak my Truth. I know that I have built SO many friendships on this foundation that I lay my life on, and I am incredibly grateful for them.
But if someone doesn't want to read this blog anymore because we believe in God, then they don't understand true acceptance. If they don't want to read it because they don't like how I write, I get that. But if they don't want to read it because I give glory and praise to the One who IS, then so be it.
It's all out there, friends, for you all to see. I hope you stick around. I appreciate your presence so much, and I want to hear your story and how it lines up to mine. Speak it.
In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.