My name is Amy Secrist. I am presently celebrating 14 years of marriage and have been blessed with four lovely children, ages 11, 6, 5, & 3. My family and I make our home in a little cape cod on a small city street in Mid-Ohio where the seasons change at just the right time. Hills and valleys surround us. Our house sits just off the avenue that leads south from the city Theatre all the way past the county Bird Sanctuary to the village Reservoir.
I’ve been Catholic all my life, with a bunch of seeking and searching thrown in for extra confidence in my choice. But God, of course, did the work of yanking me back when I was falling away — my future husband, younger sister, and daughter of a family friend all asked me to sponsor them through their sacrament of Confirmation the same year. Certainly, I said yes, whether I liked it or not.
I was always sure Motherhood would be in my future; I just didn’t know what that meant. For a moment I was completely confused and asked a priest friend if someone could have two callings (I was reading St. Teresa of Avila at the time and became intrigued by the contemplative life). He said it was possible, but unlikely. I’m still trying to figure it all out, and writing helps me do that. So I thought I’d start a blog about my life as a Catholic woman, wife, and mother. I’ve been contemplating quotes from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for some time, and her teachings reach deeper into my heart with each passing year. She is a vast source of inspiration in my life. This site is a dedication to her work of sharing the love of Christ simply – by loving (and allowing myself to be loved). I strive to serve God joyfully, and with a humble heart. I hope to pray in all things, to say “yes” to all things, and to give thanks for all things.
I pray that my little entries help to lift someone else’s spirits and share God’s love with them, for surely, writing for myself is vanity. When I am not wiping noses, changing diapers, kissing, hugging, snuggling, cuddling, buying food, preparing food, serving food, and cleaning up food, I like to practice sun salutations and exercise a bit, read, write, walk, play, drink wine, and eat chocolate (unless it’s Lent). Every once in a while I’ll clean up a bit and head out of the house to lead a group of friends through the subtle and profound joys of yoga.
Other things I practice: patience, kindness, mindfulness, gratitude, non-judgement, non-attachment, compassion, tenderness, forgiveness, selflessness.
This site is also dedicated to Jim Buckley, who is already in heaven and wondering, no doubt, why in the world I didn’t start a blog years ago.
Thank you, mom and dad, for taking me to the library, for buying me books, and for letting me turn my babydoll wash stand into my very own library where I could stamp random dates in all my books. Thanks for smiling when I decided to take yoga classes. Most of all, thanks for loving me.