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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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Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

July 18, AD 2014 0 Comments
Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

About eighteen months into my marriage I was assessing my spiritual life when I realized something: while I had a wonderful relationship with God the Father and was quite drawn to God the Spirit, my relationship with God the Son was hurting. As a young mom I identified with the Father and wondered if He ever felt […]

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The One Thing You Need to Know About Fulton Sheen’s Cause

June 19, AD 2014 9 Comments
The One Thing You Need to Know About Fulton Sheen’s Cause

It’s not over. Earlier this week the Sheen Foundation shared a press release stating that “the seven-member theological commission who advise the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican unanimously agreed that a reported miracle should be attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.” The alleged miracle […]

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Don’t bury St. Joseph

May 23, AD 2014 37 Comments
Don’t bury St. Joseph

My husband and I recently sold our home after several months of it being on the market. In the process there were a lot of people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who asked if we were going to bury a statue of St. Joseph in our yard. Simple answer: no. Now, I don’t want to mislead […]

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Something Other Than God – a Vlog Review of Jennifer Fulwiler’s New Memoir

April 25, AD 2014 0 Comments
Something Other Than God – a Vlog Review of Jennifer Fulwiler’s New Memoir

Something Other Than God is the long awaited memoir from popular blogger Jennifer Fulwiler. The book, which is published by Ignatius Press, is a fantastic read and not just for Jen’s loyal base of blog readers. You can hear the rest of my thoughts on the Something Other Than God in the vlog below.   You can watch […]

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

March 28, AD 2014 2 Comments
Music you should be listening to: an interview with the lead singer of The Hope and Justin Band

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

March 6, AD 2014 4 Comments
Fulton Sheen, My Son, an Alleged Miracle, and SUPER Exciting News from Rome

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>

November 8, AD 2013 14 Comments
An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of <em>The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>

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

October 11, AD 2013 1 Comment
Ralph’s Mom

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

September 13, AD 2013 5 Comments
Pride and Postpartum Depression

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

August 16, AD 2013 0 Comments
Something Beautiful

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.

July 18, AD 2013 14 Comments
It’s Okay to Enjoy Pop Culture. I Promise.

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

May 24, AD 2013 8 Comments
Sex Ed and Men and the Marriage Bed

In all the discussions about abstinence-only sex ed  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

April 30, AD 2013 0 Comments
Heartwarming Story from Texas Roadhouse

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

December 14, AD 2012 1 Comment
Prayers and Heartache for Those in Connecticut

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

December 7, AD 2012 5 Comments
A Playlist for the Next Few Weeks

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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