Hi y’all! I’m still alive. I’m sorry I have been neglecting my blog and pretty much everything else writing related!

At the end of February I flew to Southern Illinois for a week of talks in Mt. Carmel. That community is so special to me since it was the first one to hire me to come speak at their parishes. This year was just as special to me. I had so many amazing conversations and what I love most about southern Illinois is how much it’s like Texas. I love small farming communities so much, they just remind me of where I grew up in South Texas. Boots and cows. It’s where I feel the most comfortable.

From there I flew to Chicago for the FemCatholic conference. This conference was so amazing that I will need a few blog posts to really write about it. Speaking about Anthony and what God has done for me is really where I feel like I am living out my purpose in life. I will write more about this experience later this week or early next week with links and details! It was AMAZING.

When I landed back in Austin Texas, my husband Stacey was home for Iraq. To catch everyone up: my husband and I separated last September and were on the way to getting civilly divorced (not an annulment) when he left to Iraq. Then in December both of us talked things out, the biggest conflict being he no longer wants to keep our house where my son Anthony took his own life and I can’t bring myself to leave it yet, and we dismissed the divorce and agreed to talk about the house once our debt is paid and he comes home from Iraq. So when I got home at the beginning of March he was home and it was the first time I had seen him in 6 months. Needless to say, I fell off the grid.

We had so much fun together and with our family. We honored Anthony’s life on the anniversary of his suicide and we took our grandchildren to Chuck EE Cheese (ps they sell beer now so it’s not as hellish as in the past!) it was fun all around.

Now he’s back there and I’m home trying to catch up on things that were put aside while I was traveling and while he was home. And it’s a lot.

So that’s what I’ve been up to! I fully intend to be back to a regular writing schedule next week, but I’m not promising anything because there are still a few fires we have burning with issues with kids and my mom is having surgery. But I will at least write a few posts in the next week!

Hope y’all are having a blessed Lent. ❤️

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