It’s that time of year again! The Sheenazing Award nominations for your favorite Catholic blogs over at A Knotted Life where the wonderful Bonnie writes. The awards will likely be delayed for a bit because Bonnie’s son James had a seizure and is in the hospital. He is recovering well, but please keep their whole family in your prayers as they run tests to figure out why James had this seizure.
You can go ahead and get your nominations in, but the actual award voting won’t be up for awhile as Bonnie’s priority right now is taking care of her family.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite Catholic blogs from my blogroll (not that I’m telling you who to nominate or anything….ahem.)
Fountains of Home: Maybe it’s just that I’m convinced Christy and I would be best friends if she didn’t live a million miles away in the frigid land of Canada, but I just connect with her words. She can be writing about G.K. Chesterton, the daily rhythm of mothering five children age 6 and under, BBC shows, or classic Christmas movies and it’s always interesting. On a bad day, I like to think I can just hop on a plane and have afternoon coffee at Christy’s house. We would talk books and Downton Abbey and my kids could see snow in real life.
House Unseen, Life Unscripted: Dwija is just the best. She’s fun, sweet, and zany and whether she’s sharing a snippet of life as a homeschooling mama, or inspiring with thoughtful and challenging words about faith, she just seems so genuine, warm, and hilarious. The first time she commented on Carrots I was totally starstruck.
Everything to Someone: Christie seems like a kindred spirit. Each post I read is pure gold and then I found out she has an advanced degree in Arthurian Literature and I said, that’s my kinda girl. (And here’s your open invitation to chat with me about Old French lais about Camelot anytime, Christie. I’m a little obsessed.)
Catholic All Year: Kendra rocks my world. She’s kind of the anti-me. Her children wear uniforms for homeschool and my children look like they escaped from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage until around 3pm when I rigidly insist that everyone puts clothes on. This woman can care for a house of seven children who have the stomach flu, sew a baptismal gown, and dress like Kate Middleton three days after having a new baby. (No, really. She did that.) Sometimes I’m not sure she’s actually human. But she’s so hilarious, genuinely kind, and wonderful that I won’t begrudge her the superhuman powers she seems to have. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really wish she was 30 years older than she is, lived next door to me instead of across the country, and had a lot of time of her hands she insisted on using to help me run my life. I really like that alternate universe in which my crises and decisions can just get “Kendrad.”
A Knotted Life: I actually discovered Bonnie’s blog through last year’s Sheenazing awards and then my real life friend Kaitlin was all like “are you kidding me? You don’t read Bonnie?” I just love Bonnie and she’s becoming a dear friend. Her blog is great and I think my favorite part is her videos about celebrating the liturgical year. Bonnie keeps it real.
Conversion Diary: Does Jen even need an introduction? She’s kind of the Catholic blogger. If you aren’t reading Conversion Diary, I don’t know if we can be friends. (And have you heard about the conference she and Hallie are putting on?! I’ll see you there.)
Clan Donaldson: Is it weird that I think that Daniel and Cari would be besties? Well, there it is. I think you can pick that up just from her awesome header image. After reading her book, Pope Awesome and Other Stories, I feel like I have a window into Cari’s heart and it’s a heart I’m excited to get to know. Converts FTW!
Through a Glass Brightly: Kathryn’s blog is my most recent stellar blog find. The only problem is that she doesn’t post as much as I wish she did because each post is JUST SO GOOD. Literature, Catholic faith, movies, she is so insightful and clever.
This Ain’t the Lyceum: Kelly is hilarious. And inspiring and awesome. Seeing a window into her homeschooling, raising kids (and raising kids with special needs), and celebrating the liturgical year. And I know I said she’s funny. But she is FUNNY. You absolutely cannot miss her smear campaign of last year’s Sheenazing winners.
Messy Wife, Blessed Life: I discovered Mandi’s blog when someone suggested that she would be a great contributor to the Women Speak on NFP series. I’m so glad they did, because I’ve been able to follow Mandi for the past few months and she is wonderful. And we both have little girls named after St. Lucy (her’s is Lucia).
Camp Patton: So, I normally don’t read many “day in the life” kind of blogs. But Grace’s blog is an exception (not that her’s is merely “day in the life”-ish, she writes about fashion and faith and all kinds of stuff. For some reason, reading about her life as mother of three young children and one on the way is just delightful. She’s two parts “this is chaos!” and three parts “this is awesome!” as she wrangles her adorable little ones (why did I choose a total of five parts? I don’t know!). Anyhow, you will like her and you will laugh at her cute kids shennanigans.
Like Mother, Like Daughter: I’ve been following this one for about 5 years and it does not disappoint. It never fails to inspire and challenge me. LMLD is written by several gals all in one Catholic family and there’s just so much wisdom and goodness.
Time Flies When You’re Having Babies: Ana is awesome. She’s so genuine, honest about the challenges of motherhood, and so thoughtful and insightful.
And a few more blogs that definitely deserve a mention (and awesome ladies you should know):
These ladies don’t have a chance to write as much as I wish they did because their words are so wonderful and I just want more. Check ‘em out!
There are so many other good ones out there that I’m sure I forgot to include. So forgive me. I still have tonsilitis and I’m going to use that as an excuse for everything as long as I can!
I still feel like the new kid on the block in the Catholic blogosphere, so getting nominated last year was positively thrilling. I felt like I’d won an Oscar just to be on the ballot with some of these fine writers. So, if you have some favorite bloggers to nominate, be sure to do it today or tomorrow (Friday). It will really make their day!
What are some of your favorite Catholic blogs? Inquiring minds want to know.