Author Archive: Bonnie Engstrom

Bonnie Engstrom is a cradle Catholic and stay-at-home mom. She married her dashing husband in 2006 and they now have five children: one in Heaven and four more wandering around their house, probably eating pretzels found under the couch. Bonnie lives in central Illinois and gets excited about baking, music, film adaptations of Jane Austen books, and the Chicago Bears. She was a cofounder of The Behold Conference and she blogs at A Knotted Life.

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Music you should be listening to: an interview with the lead singer of The Hope and Justin Band

Music you should be listening to: an interview with the lead singer of The Hope and Justin Band

[ 2 ] March 28, AD 2014 |

Discovering a new-to-me musician is such a great feeling. I am a music lover, and I love all genres, but I have a special love for bands with an indie sound, like The Head and the Heart. Kind of folksy, kind of bluegrassy, sometimes slow and beautiful and sometimes clappy, stompy, sing-a-long, with lots of […]

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Fulton Sheen, My Son, an Alleged Miracle, and SUPER Exciting News from Rome

Fulton Sheen, My Son, an Alleged Miracle, and SUPER Exciting News from Rome

[ 4 ] March 6, AD 2014 |

Early this morning I got a secret email, and I did a happy dance. While I was shopping at Wal-Mart I got a phone call, and I did a fist pump. You probably know already but the seven-member board of medical experts who advise the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican unanimously […]

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An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of <em>The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>

An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

[ 13 ] November 8, AD 2013 |

Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, is still sitting pretty in the Top 10 on Amazon’s list of Catholic books. The incredible interest in the book isn’t surprising since frank, balanced conversations about natural family planning –- the only method of spacing children approved by the Catholic Church –- are desperately […]

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Ralph’s Mom

Ralph’s Mom

[ 1 ] October 11, AD 2013 |

Recently my son and I were at the grocery store. He was wearing a Thomas the Tank Engine shirt and was playing with the cart as we waited in line at the deli counter. He turned the cart in a circle and then smiled up at me and the woman ahead of me.     “Is […]

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Pride and Postpartum Depression

Pride and Postpartum Depression

[ 5 ] September 13, AD 2013 |

My husband married a woman who had the ability to laugh things off, to be spontaneous, to work hard and get ‘er done. And then I got pregnant, had a baby, got pregnant, had a baby, and so on five times in a row. My five kids are aged 5, 4, 3, and 1 year […]

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Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful

[ 0 ] August 16, AD 2013 |

My five week old is taking his first nap of the day. My four other kids are finishing up breakfast. My husband is at work after a long (read: short) night with restless kids.  The house is tidy enough that I can quickly clean it if a realtor calls to set up a showing. And […]

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It’s Okay to Enjoy Pop Culture. I Promise.

It’s Okay to Enjoy Pop Culture. I Promise.

[ 14 ] July 18, AD 2013 |

Okay, first of all, let it be known that I would say this to Marc’s face. Just so everybody knows: this is not me starting some silly blogger fight or talkin’ smack about Marc Barnes. I feel exasperated but I am also saying this with a smile on my face. For the sake of charity […]

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Sex Ed and Men and the Marriage Bed

Sex Ed and Men and the Marriage Bed

[ 8 ] May 24, AD 2013 |

In all the discussions about abstinence-only sex ed lately there is much talk about spit and water, licked ice cream cones, and tape that is no longer sticky. Obviously, as many other writers have already pointed out,  that kind of abstinence-only sex ed leaves much to be desired, especially for the women who – for one reason or another – did have sex before […]

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Heartwarming Story from Texas Roadhouse

Heartwarming Story from Texas Roadhouse

[ 0 ] April 30, AD 2013 |

Last week my friend Audrey and her husband Phil took their two children to the Texas Roadhouse at Arrowhead in Peoria,  Arizona – a suburb of Phoenix. One of their kids, Henry, has autism and he had a rough time adjusting to the new environment with its music, noise, bustling people, animal heads on the walls, and […]

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Prayers and Heartache for Those in Connecticut

Prayers and Heartache for Those in Connecticut

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2012 |

Twenty children, between the ages of 5 and 10, and seven adults are dead today because of a shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut. Every heart in this nation is burdened with this news.  We are all sad, we are all shaking our heads in disbelief, we are all longing for the end of […]

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A Playlist for the Next Few Weeks

A Playlist for the Next Few Weeks

[ 5 ] December 7, AD 2012 |

My husband prefers we not listen to Christmas music  until Guadete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent when we “Rejoice” that our Savior is near.  On that day we not only light the pink candle but plug in our outside lights, put up our tree, and break out my favorite Christmas albums: Jars of Clay’s […]

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<em>The Little Way of Advent</em> — a Book Review

The Little Way of Advent — a Book Review

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2012 |

Looking ahead, Advent begins in less than a month, so now’s a good time to prepare for how you will prepare. Just in time for this preparation is Fr. Gary Caster’s new book The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Fr. Caster, a priest of the Diocese of […]

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Special Needs Etiquette Part II

Special Needs Etiquette Part II

[ 1 ] October 21, AD 2012 |

Below is the conclusion to my conversation with Teri and Amanda about special needs etiquette.  You can read Part I here. How do you want parents to educate their own kids about your child and how he/she is different? Teri: It’s important to know that individuals with Down syndrome are more alike their peers than […]

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Special Needs Etiquette

Special Needs Etiquette

[ 11 ] October 19, AD 2012 |

As my son laid in the neonatal intensive care unit with promises of severe mental and physical disability, I stood at a Wal-Mart, watching an older man interact with his grown son.  The younger man, probably in his mid-to-late thirties, clearly had a mental disability and the two of them bopped about, oblivious to my […]

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For Pete’s Sake

For Pete’s Sake

[ 2 ] October 15, AD 2012 |

Our first child was lost to miscarriage.  He was too young to know his gender but my husband felt confident that he was a boy and so he was named Peter Mark.  His due date was January 15, 2008 and in honor of his loss I take a moment on the fifteenth of each month […]

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music to make you smile

music to make you smile

[ 7 ] September 13, AD 2012 |

By the time the seasons change I am  ready for change in most areas of my life.  So as autumn comes rolling in I’m putting away the  iced coffee, flip flops, and Weezer’s blue album and bringing out the chai tea, cardigans, and a new playlist. In case you too are looking for some good […]

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