Edel {2014} – A {memorable, amazing, inspiring} Gathering

*If you visit the Edel Gathering website at http://edelgathering.com/about/, this post will make a lot more sense.  If you don’t visit the website, my pitiable summary is that Edel 2014 was a gathering of Catholic women from all over the country (plus two chicks from Canada!) for a unique experience of sisterhood, solidarity, and celebrating the vocation of women in society.*

I’ve deliberately fasted from the Edel recap posts of my favorite bloggers today so that I would be able to compose my own thoughts without the influence of others.  Too often I look at life experiences and try to compare them to others’ life experiences to see if I perceived something the “right” way.  Too often.  Today, my restraint from reading ALL THE BLOGS before authoring my own post is one of many wonderful fruits I hope to see as a result of this weekend.

Like so many women I talked to this weekend, I didn’t think I would really be an Edel attendee.  When I saw on Jen and Hallie’s blogs the first few glimpses of what it was all about, I told myself I would likely have to just read about it after it happened.  We didn’t have the money in our already strapped budget (and I thought that BEFORE I saw the $200+ price tag), and there was no way I could convince my husband that I should go to a gathering of women I’d never met before.  How could he even comprehend I considered many of these women my “friends,” when all we had previously shared with each other had been in the form of Facebook comments, Instagram photos, and Tweets?

I should’ve learned long ago never to underestimate Superman…or the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  The day before tickets went on sale, I casually mentioned that there was “this awesome-looking conference coming up hosted by these two bloggers I really love, and I’ve already preordered the redhead’s new book and I would love to meet some of the other bloggers in person and too bad we can’t afford the tickets.”  I didn’t even give him the website address.  Initially.  Later in the day, he told me to send him the link.  I figured he was just curious.  Valentine’s Day came, and I received my gift – a ticket to what was to become one of the most amazing weekends of my life.

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Another blog about Mommyhood?

I love blogs.  I especially love blogs that have anything to do with Catholicism, mommyhood, the “real food” revolution, health, crafting, sewing, cooking, photography, family life, being a wife, and steady doses of humor (though not necessarily in that order.)  As it so happens, I also love writing.  As an occasional freelancer, I’ve written a few articles and blog posts for a local magazine. For a while now, I’ve had a hard time searching for a blog that fits me as a whole.  Face it, not many Catholic working moms have time to blog, right?  Well, that’s been my excuse for four years. A dear friend of mine has suggested for years I start a blog, and after off-and-on prayer and not a small amount of trepidation, I’ve decided to take the plunge!

Alright, so who am I?  Cajuntexasmom, a twentysomething married mom of four young children.  Elizabeth is 7, Marie is 5, HH is 3 and Therese is 2 (names have been changed to protect the mostly innocent.)  I am married to Superman.  We are a non-traditional family in that I am the breadwinner and he is a stay at home Dad (SAHD.)  Also, we’re on an eventful spiritual journey together — he was Baptized in the Catholic faith last spring, and I am a cradle Catholic.

We live in a suburb of Houston, TX.  Our finances are tight but not a stranglehold, our home is snug but not unbearable, and our faith is strong but not perfect.  I’m a “practicing” Catholic and as such, I’m a work in progress, saint-in-the-making who is fiercely loyal to the Magisterium, a Divine Mercy devotee, and completely captivated by the beauty of the Eucharist.

That about does it for a first post.  My toilets need scrubbing.  Welcome to the blog of a work-outside-the-home Catholic mom!  You can also follow me on Twitter @cajuntexasmom.