Fabulously Featured: The Story of Our Souls

Welcome to Catholic Sistas’ newest series, featuring some of our friends in the Catholic blogging world entitled Fabulously Featured which will run on Wednesdays. I have always wanted to introduce you to some new blogs to follow and support, but seriously lacked the time to put this together before now. In a Facebook group of fellow Catholic women bloggers, I asked ladies to answer some questions for this series, and they were all too excited to participate! I give you their answers in their own words.:)

 

TheStoryofOurSouls

Melanie with The Story of Our Souls strikes a chord with me in her writing – writing about things that hit close to home, but struggling to find consistency in writing. I know this all too well. With a blog comprised of many contributors, I take only one spot each month to write, and to be honest, sometimes it can be all of my energy to fill that one spot, so I totally appreciate where Melanie is coming from. I invite you to rummage through her writings and leave her some blog love.

Melanie Behnke

Melanie Behnke

 

ESTABLISHED:

2011

THEME:

Day-in-the-life of a Catholic homeschool family. Aka, typical mommy blogger.

INSPIRATION/MOTIVATION:

I was inspired by laziness. It was the days before texting pictures was a thing (maybe not? I’m not tech-savvy) and we lived far from family and our closest friends. Uploading photos and typing emails to each group of family and friend was exhausting.  Today, I’ve lost a lot of motivation, but when I muster some up, it’s usually from a topic that is heavy on my heart and I can’t get it out of my mind until I’ve written about it.

FAVORITE ELEMENT:

I like writing. It’s not a big blog by any means and I don’t think I have [m]any consistent followers other than my family, but I really enjoy writing. I love making my funny-not-funny jokes and finding the perfect witty meme or tagline for my own photo. I’ve hit a rut in the last few months with losing a lot of people I love to death, so I’ve moved a bit away from the funnies, but I’m sure I’ll move back once my soul navigates these unfamiliar waters!

FAVORITE POST:

I think this is my favorite post – On Death with Dignity, but it didn’t have as much feedback as some of my other posts. It may be because it’s a topic close to my heart but not anyone else’s?

BALANCE :

I haven’t figured that out yet. The times when I blog a lot, a lot gets neglected. I don’t want to write during the evenings when my husband is home (can we all get an amen for the vegging at the end of the day?) so I try to squeeze my writing in during my children’s quiet time, when I should be folding Mount Laundry sitting atop my love seat.

AUDIENCE:

I’m mostly writing for my family and friends who actually find time to read blogs. But I know there have been posts from little, family-life bloggers that have really touched me at exactly when I need to read them. I’m hoping that I’m also writing to the tired mother who thinks that she’s failing at so much, letting her know that she knows she’s either got it more together than at least one other mother in the world, or she’s got company.

 

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CATCH PHRASE/TAGLINE:

The name of my blog is The Story of Our Souls, named in honor of beautiful St. Therese’s autobiography Story of A Soul. Her little life inspires me that I don’t need to do great things in order to gain Heaven and encourage my soul toward holiness – I simply need to pick up the crosses I’ve been given as a Catholic wife and homeschooling mother. Unfortunately, I forget that. Often. Like every moment a cross is put in front of me, so I’m in line for Confession a lot. The tagline I’ve given to our blog is “stumbling toward holiness, one confession at a time.” I think it sums us up pretty well. We love our Lord and we sure love that He’s given us a means to be forgiven for all our knuckle-headed mistakes we make.

ADVICE :

I’d suggest asking someone who knows what they’re doing. 🙂 Honestly though, write consistently and write who YOU are. Find a niche – not everyone can be the well-read bloggers, but everyone has a story to tell and that story is being crafted by it’s Creator, which makes it inherently beautiful and interesting. Also, I’m nosy about everyone’s lives, so write a blog and update it often so I can read it. Kthanks.

 

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

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Would you {or someone you know} like to be fabulously featured?

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