Welcome to my little corner of the world! I’m so glad you stopped by! You are visiting this page because you want to know more about me. So here goes…
Why am I (a die hard Protestant) a Catholic?
For the past ten years, I have been the wife to my handsome college sweetheart. We loved each other deeply, married semi-young, and had a baby 10 months later. Our marriage was fabulous except for one little thing. He was Catholic; I was anything BUT. For the first five years, there was lots of prayer and lots of tears.
When people ask me why I converted to the Catholic faith, I often reply, “It was a work of the Holy Spirit.” I’m no scholar, theologian, or historian, but through God’s leading, I was able to read my way into a love for the fullness of truth.
Where are we now?
Fast forward 5 more years, and we are now a family with four little ones. My days are spent homeschooling and nourishing the lives with which God has so richly blessed us. Our little crew consists of Lowell (9), Christian (6), Lilla (4), and Michael (18 mos.). (These are their middle names to protect their privacy.)
I’m still growing in my Catholic faith. I’ve found lots of sneaky ways to learn about the faith as I go about the busyness of life. Husband is always there and along for the quest of knowledge. I believe strongly in the Church as the voice of Christ in our world, so I stretch myself by doing things once so foreign to me: Lenten sacrifices, abstaining from meat, praying the Rosary, and living the Year of Mercy.
I have a passion for handing on the faith to my children and am constantly looking for ways I can disciple them. In our home, you may see us living the faith by wrangling the little ones at Mass, celebrating the liturgical year with a feast table,having family devotions (though intermittently) and reading living Catholic literature throughout our day.
Part of the way we’ve chosen to hand on the faith to our children is by homeschooling. We happen to be second generation homeschoolers (Husband is a Seton grad). We mostly follow the outline of Mother of Divine Grace, but I’m not afraid to rework the box by streamlining, adding an occasional morning basket, and altering curriculums I don’t like.
Why a blog?
I’ve wanted to start a blog for the last 8 years or so, but never felt it was the right time. I worried blogging would take away from my primary vocation as wife and mother. Instead, I chose to put blogging on the back burner and lean hard into the life before me. Over the years, God has taught me the beauty of a family life well lived makes me more than enough.
I began this blog on a whim as I sat on the couch (too tired to do much of anything else) awaiting the birth of #4, Michael. The name of the blog “Elizabeth Clare” came about, not because I wanted this blog to be about me, but because I had no clue where this blog was going to lead!
What began as a way to pass the time has become a place where I can share my passion for a beautiful family life. My promise to you is authenticity – I will focus more on living faithfully my vocation than producing a particular number of posts, pageviews, followers, or dollars.
I’m definitely not your typical blogger! No smartphone, no podcast, no ‘scope’. I want to be in the thick of the real stuff of life! The eternal souls God has placed in my care are infinitely more important than worldly success.
You’ll find my blog posts center around these overarching topics:
What are you really like?
Through God’s grace, I have come to love staying at home with my brood, though I will be the first to admit those first few years were tough stuff.
I’m reasonably organized, but sometimes life gets in the way (can I get an Amen?). I’ve learned to let go of perfection and strive for imperfect beauty. Life ain’t always purty, but it sure is beautiful! I even asked Husband to help me make a Catholic planner so I can better keep track of life and liturgy. The planner has since become a little family business that Husband and I can work on together. (We sell the basic format through Amazon Prime, but offer lots more options in our Etsy shop, including digital downloads.)
I’m a learner. You will often times find me with my nose in a book, listening to a podcast, or watching conference videos (yes..maybe I’m a little nerdy too!). Husband and I like to learn and grow together.
I’m quiet…until I get to know you. Then, I will likely monopolize the conversation. (I think I need to work on this fault for Lent sometime!)
I’m thrifty. I challenge myself (as the primary spender) to live well under our means so we can save for a rainy day, give generously, live simply, and be free to follow God’s Will. One of my favorite publications is the Tightwad Gazette – ha! I grew up on a dairy farm and my mama taught me how to “make do.”
What’s Our Family’s Homeschooling Philosophy?
If I had to classify ourselves, I would say we are Classically Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. We recently made the switch from an eclectic, pick-and-choose curriculum to Mother of Divine Grace (a boxed curriculum for Catholics).
I’m constantly on a search to simplify my homeschooling day by creating lunch rotations, doing 20 minute cleaning extravaganzas, schooling the arts with learning corners, shopping every other week, delegating chores, streamlining our boxed curriculum, and lightening the load by summer schooling. When all else fails, I’m not afraid to boil everything down to the 4 R’s (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, and Religion) and spend a lot of time on a well thought booklist.
It’s your turn…
Now, how about you? I love the sweet emails I’ve received from readers and I’d love to hear from you too! Feel free to send me a note at : elizabethclareblog (at) gmail (dot) com. AND, don’t forget to subscribe. When you do, you’ll get a free printable feast day calendar as well as access the subscriber’s library of printables.