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As a feature of Catholic Mom, we are thrilled to offer the following columns for your inspiration and enlightenment.  Please share your comments an reactions with us at today!

terbay.jpg (63129 bytes) So You Want to Be a Mother?  
Parenting series by Susan Handle Terbay
Susan shares, "As a baby-boomer, my life's journey has taken me on many wonderful and challenging paths. Of all the roles that I have taken on - the most profound and the most holy is that of a mother. My six children are my greatest gifts. They have given me the many joys and many sorrows.  Their presence in my life continues to renew and teach me. Now my grandchildren teach me what I failed to learn with my children and the joy of their beings fills my spirit. I love to write and I have to write. As with other choices in my life it is who I am and I hope it is who God wants me to be."
Natural Family Planning Perspectives
by Sara Fox Peterson

Sara Fox Peterson is a stay-at-home mom and certified teacher of the Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning.  She holds a BS in biology and an MS in human physiology, both from Georgetown University, and lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.
Then Again...
A View from the Pew with Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is a writer and author of the features "then again..." and "A View from the Pew." A wife of 19 years and mother of four children, she uses her columns to share her perspective on issues and experiences that shape families and the communities we share. Marybeth began her writing career more than 20 years ago in the Reagan White House. She also has worked in marketing and public relations positions in corporate and agency settings. Mostly, she spends a lot of time in her mini-van, where the real work of parenting actually happens. Learn more about Marybeth and her column at
Ordinary Time
with Pat Gohn
Pat Gohn is married to Bob for 23 years, with three children, ages 12 thru 18. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology, while being at home with her family in Massachusetts. Visit Pat’s blog “Write in Between” at Contact her at  

Adoptive Parenting
by Heidi Hess Saxton
Heidi Hess Saxton is the founder of the “Extraordinary Moms Network” ( She and her husband Craig foster-adopted their two children in 2002. She is the author of Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert and Raising Up Mommy: Virtues for Difficult Mothering Moments. Order information for all her books may be found on her website: Heidi's new Mary blog is "Behold Your Mother: A Bouquet of Love to Mary from Her Children" ( She also hosts "Mommy Monsters," for adoptive parents ( and "Silent Canticle," for Catholic writers (

Are We There Yet?
by Charla Belinksi
Charla Belinski is the author of the column “Are We There Yet?” where she shares her common-sense style and humorous world view on parenting each week. A certified parenting instructor, Charla’s real advice comes from lessons learned on the front-lines of her own living room. As a wife of 16 years and mother of three school-aged children, her observations and advice on family-life are meant to encourage, engage and make us laugh in the face of the toughest job on the planet – parenting. Her columns appear weekly in the Glenwood (Colorado) Post Independent and she is a regular contributor to Mountain Parent magazine. Charla has recently completed her first novel, It Came a Fine Rain. She lives with her husband, Tim, and three children near Aspen, Colorado. Contact her at



Parenting Humor
with Lisa Barker

Lisa Barker writes from home amid the chaos and confusion of a busy household. A mom to five kids and nine cats, she uses the "Bloom Where God Plants You" Rule of Faith and has more than enough material to keep the grins and chuckles coming. Read more from Lisa at humor to help preserve
your sanity!

Spiritual Woman
with Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur is Editor of the Spiritual Woman newsletter and and author of Letters to Mary from a Young Mother. For a sample of this wonderful newsletter, visit Patrice's site. 
Katie Hines
Katie Hines majored in English in college, and is currently editing her second book, a middle grade children’s novel.  She is a member of her local writer’s association.


Embracing Life's Curves
with Columnist Michele Howe
Michele Howe is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly, Aspiring Retail and She has published over 900 articles/reviews and is the author of eight books for women including: Going It Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom, Successful Single Moms: Thirteen Stories of Triumph, Prayers for Homeschool Moms, Prayers for New and Expecting Moms, Prayers of Comfort and Strength and Prayers to Nourish a Woman's Heart. Howe is also a columnist for the Toledo Free Press writing on women's health topics.  Michele can be contacted by email at
Parent to Parent
by Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health
columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including,,, and Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a  three month parenting segment. Her latest books are Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) TM - Having, Doing, and Surviving It All! and Syndication Secrets: What No One Will Tell You!.


Faith, Family and Fatherhood
by James Hahn
James M. Hahn is currently the Director of Religious Education at St. Michael Catholic Church in Worthington, OH.  He and his wife reside in southeast OH. with their four children. Visit James at  and


Everyday Blessings
by Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, mother of five and Lay Missionary of Charity writes from Connecticut. She is the author of the Best-selling book, Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, published by Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. Her book, The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home, published by Crossroad Publishing is also available. Her newest book, Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine-Month Novena for Mothers-To-Be, bears a foreword by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta whom the author knew personally and will be released in April 2007. It can be purchased earlier through Donna-Marie's website. These three books were encouraged and endorsed by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and given a blessing by Pope John Paul II. They are available through her website: Donna-Marie donates a portion of the proceeds to the Missionaries of Charity to help the poor, as well as parish organizations. Donna-Marie writes for a number of magazines, newspapers and Catholic websites. She is a regular contributor to Catholic Exchange, Catholic Online, and Catholic Outpost. She lectures on a number of topics and can be reached through her website.
It's All Good
by Cheryl L. Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the patient mother of eight children under the ages of 13. When not sorting laundry she writes the column "Family Zone" for two magazines in Southern RI and the column "It's All Good". A freelance journalist, she's published in anthology series such as Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschooler's Soul and Misadventures of Moms and Disasters of Dads. She lives in Saunderstown, RI with her go-with-the-flow husband, Brian, and their fun-loving brood of five boys and three girls. Contact her at CB091987@AOL.COM

Life Happens
with Jaime Gregory

Jaime Gregory is currently a Stay At Home & Homeschooling Mom. She graduated with BA in Communications in 1999, married, and now has two sons. Jaime states, “Being at home and taking care of my family is my job. Our family story is full of miracles, stories of angels in our midst, and of God’s plan revealing itself. I want our story to inspire others.”

Homeschool Companion
with Maureen Wittmann
Maureen Wittmann is coeditor and contributing author to The Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press) and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury: Nurturing Children's Love for Learning (Ignatius Press). She is a contributing editor to the Catholic homeschooling magazine Heart and Mind. Her articles have appeared in Our Sunday Visitor, Homeschooling Today, Catholic Home Educator, New Covenant, Latin Mass, Catholic Faith, Catholic Digest, and more.
Parenting Solutions
with Elizabeth Pantley
Elizabeth Pantley, author and parent education has written The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night and The No-Cry Potty Training Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Child Say Good-Bye to Diapers. Visit her web site at

Mothering through Breastfeeding
with Pam Pilch, JD, LCCE
Pam Pilch is a childbirth educator, NFP instructor and retired LLL Leader in Virginia. She has been married to her husband, John, for 16 years and homeschools her three young sons.

Deacon Tom Fox
Faithfully Yours
with Deacon Tom Fox

Tom Fox was ordained a Deacon in the Archdiocese of Denver. He currently lives and serves in a small, but growing mountain community in northern Arizona. Tom has received many requests for copies of his Sunday homilies and his shorter Communion Service Reflections. He is an experiential preacher who uses life and stories to share a message of today for Catholics and other Christians Many of his sermons are found on the internet – and a collection of them are found on his website: Tom would love to hear from you and will try to answer any questions or sharing that you send in.
Sally Edwards Catholic Mom Humor
with Sally Edwards

Visit Sally at
Read our Catholic Mom Spotlight on Sally Edwards
Janet Cassidy

Inspirational Spiritual Reflections
by Janet Cassidy

Janet Cassidy is a columnist for The Catholic Times, a contributing author to The Catholic Homeschool Companion, a Catechist trainer and author of CassidyComments, an online subscription newsletter. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and is a happily married mother of three.
Janet may be reached through her website or her blog.

Becky Cash
At Home Mama
by Becky Cash

Becky Cash is the author of the column, "Catholic At Home Mama." With the help of her wonderful husband and through the grace of God, Becky has created a full time income while working around her families schedule. In this column, she will share the "not so secret" splendors of how you can discern your families financial path and, do so, while keeping your family first. As a Catholic mom, Becky knows that we struggle with the need to both meet our families physical and spiritual needs. Through her business, Becky has been able to meet her families health needs, contribute to the household income and keep her children out of daycare. To learn more about Project Mahma, go to Becky resides with her husband and four children in the indianapolis area.
Cay Gibson
Baked with Love
with Cay Gibson

Cay Gibson is the author of Literature Alive! and Catholic Mosaic well as several articles published in parenting, educational, and spiritual magazines. She is the literature editor for Heart and Mind Magazine. She works as a freelance writer, a children’s literature consultant and reviewer, and a homeschooling mother of five. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and collecting children illustrated books. She lives with her husband, Mark, and their children in Southwest Louisiana . Visit her blog (Cajun Cottage) at
Alice Gunther
Living the Liturgical Year
by Alice Gunther

Alice Gunther is an attorney who gave up practicing law over a dozen years ago to nurture and home educate her seven children, now ages thirteen to one. She blogs about Catholic family life at her weblog, Cottage Blessings, and writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called “The Catholic Home.” For the past nine years, Alice has run a popular Catholic Children’s Club, celebrating the Liturgical year through crafts, prayer, stories of saints and scripture, and “Liturgical Teas.” The Teas feature symbolic menu offerings to tell the underlying stories of faith, teaching children and adults in a unique and memorable way. She is currently working on two books about home education and catechesis.
Karen Wolff
A Christian Woman's Heart
featuring Karen Wolff

Karen is the founder and author of she provides Christian women with a place to find lots of practical info, tips, and help with a variety of issues they face every day. Her articles can be found at and she is also a featured writer for Karen has been married to her husband, Steve, for 28 years, and they have two kids. Amanda, a special needs young adult at age 23, and Alex, age 20, is a college student and aspiring, young musician.
Mary Ellen Barrett Everyday Miracles
featuring Mary Ellen Barrett

Mary Ellen Barrett is a home educating mother of seven children.  She writes a column for The Long Island Catholic called Life in Our Domestic Church and speaks at conferences about homeschooling and raising a special needs child. Mary Ellen writes about the daily life and happenings in her Catholic home on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House ( and about a Catholic celebration of Christmas at O Night Divine ( She is currently at work on a book about life as a mom of a large family and an Advent Book of Days.
Meredith Henning
Sweetness and Light in the Catholic Home
featuring Meredith Henning

Meredith Henning is an Economics graduate of Seattle University with a French Minor. She now home educates her four beautiful children, the oldest being a girl, followed by three boys.  She currently writes about Catholic family life and home education at her weblog
Sweetness and Light.  Also this year she spoke at her first Catholic Home Education Conference in Manassas, Virginia.  She is also a recent contributor to the very lovely Christmas weblog O Night Divine hosted by Mary Ellen Barrett.  Married 14 years to her wonderful and dear husband Matthew, she is currently working on a book about Catholic motherhood and home schooling.  Please visit her other weblogs Sweetness in the Kitchen and Threads of Love (a mother and daughter blog).
Spiritual Hot Cocoa
with Sherry Antonetti

Sherry Antonetti is a mother of eight children and a freelance writer of humor and family life columns with prior publications in Absolutewrite, the Catholic Standard, Beaumont Enterprise and the Washington Post. She can be reached at You can read additional pieces from her blog,
Not Just Strong...Army Mom Strong
featuring Sadie McCurry

Sadie McCurry is a Catholic military wife and mother of four. She and her husband have been married for 13 years and have twin 10-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-month-old boy. They are currently stationed at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, near Fairbanks. Sadie has her bachelor’s degree in Health Education with a Certificate in Nutrition.
Nissa Gadbois
Simply Speaking
with Nissa Gadbois

Nissa Gadbois is raising six children, with Brian, her husband of more than 16 years, on a small homestead in the hills of central Massachusetts.  Over the years, Nissa has worn many hats: floral designer, professional seamstress, event planner, etiquette consultant, business owner, farmer, home-educator, publisher, and writer.   It is the experience she has gained from these positions that she uses to encourage and inspire women to live a simpler, family-centered life.  Nissa is the editor of Simple Gifts magazine and journals about her hearth and home on the Simple Gifts weblog; and she can be heard on the Simple Gifts Podcast.  The first annual Simple Gifts Conference is planned for 2008.  You can find her giving inspiration throughout the Lenten season at These Forty Days.  Nissa is currently at work on several publishing projects, including a series of books for ‘tween Catholic girls.  She is known to burst into song at the drop of a hat, and loves to dance around the kitchen with babies in arms.

Brazenly Catholic
featuring Lori Callaway
Lori Callaway is married to her best friend Scott and mother of 3 children, all of whom are her inspiration and fodder for her freelance writing. Her hobbies are knitting (as a lefty), rosary making, sewing, cross stitching, crafts and ¾ to full time genealogist and history nut. She currently lives in one of the giant metro areas the Pacific Northwest of the US after having grown up in American’s idea of a perfect mid-western small town. Lori is also an RCIC teacher.
Kate Wicker

with Kate Wicker
When she's not searching for missing sippy cups or runaway baby socks, Kate Wicker writes for a variety of secular and faith-based publications. Some of her publication credits include Canticle, Faith and Family, Pregnancy magazine, and Woman's Day. She also teaches creative writing to homeschoolers. Although she's authored several "almost finished" novels and has a handful ideas for nonfiction books floating in her mommy brain, right now her most important "works in progress" are her children. She lives with her family in Georgia and shares stories about living it up deep down in the trenches of motherhood at Contact Kate at kmwicker [at] gmail dot com.

Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Your Health Detective

Kelly is a Catholic Mom who lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband of 20 years and 4 children. Her passions in life are Jesus, her family, and helping others live and eat healthier. Visit her health & nutrition blog at

Pillar Talk
by Ebeth Weidner

Ebeth Weidner is the wife of a scientist and mom of 3 great kids. Learning her faith and passing it on to her family is her greatest challenge that brings joy to their family life. A published heirloom sewist in Sew Beautiful magazine, she is the author of “A Catholic Mom climbing the Pillars” blog, Ebeth shares her journey with parents on where the Catholic Church is found in a family’s daily living as she climbs the pillars of the Church as a soon-to-be Master Catechist.

Katherine Barron

Bumps on the Road to Sainthood
featuring Katherine Barron

Katherine Barron is a Catholic convert, wife and stay-at-home mom of two small boys. She and her husband, Mac, are the producers of the Catholic in a Small Town podcast which is a part of the SQPN family of shows. Katherine uses her Bachelors of Science in Nursing to avoid trips to the ER - unless she's making money by being there.

All Things Good
featuring Nancy Jo Sullivan

Nancy Jo Sullivan is a seasoned Catholic author who crafts an unforgettable, message-driven story. She began her writing career in 1996 writing for Guideposts. Over the past decade, she has published 5 books on a variety of topics relating to everyday spirituality. Three of her titles were published by Random House/Multnomah and two with Liguori Press. Nancy Jo has also worked collaboratively with Alice Gray as co-compiler, writer and editor of STORIES FOR THE HEART, a national best-seller. Nancy Jo is currently working with GUIDEPOSTS BOOKS as a free-lance editor. Published books include: Moments of Grace, What I've Learned from My Daughter, My Mondays with Mary Jo Copeland, Did You Get What You Prayed For, and My Sister, My Friend. Born and raised in Minnesota, Nancy Jo lives with her family in Saint Paul, MN. An experienced high school teacher and coordinator of faith formation, Nancy now speaks on topics related to family, friendship and faith.


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