About Us

We are Lisa and Joel Schmidt. One of us is a non-practicing public administrator; the other is a non-practicing biochemist. More importantly, we are practicing Catholics, married (to each other) with three children: Lucy, Jude, and Lydia. We collectively refer to ourselves as Das Schmidt Haus.


We love the Catholic faith. This is our personal blog about living an intentionally, joyfully Catholic life. We’re not perfect, and we don’t profess to be. But we’re trying … practicing, you might say.

We write about faith, family life, culture, current events, media, and pretty much anything else related to practicing the Catholic faith.

Our goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to use in your personal faith journey. If you are a practicing Catholic — or aspire to be — then our blog is for you.

We typically post about three times a week. To make sure you don’t miss our latest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or email. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Lisa SchmidtLisa

Cradle Catholic, wife, mother, proud Iowan, foodie, talk radio junkie, wine drinker. Absolutely fueled by dark roast coffee.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Family Services and Master of Public Administration from Iowa State University, and worked as an assistant city manager in the Des Moines metro area prior to “retiring” to care for her children in the home. She also writes for CatholicMom.com and CatholicStand.com. Lisa is available to speak to your group on family, motherhood, being a beloved daughter of God, Catholic new media, and developing spiritual friendships in this social media age. Follow Lisa on Twitter (@LisaAnnSchmidt).

Joel SchmidtJoel

Catholic convert, husband, father, Ph.D. biochemist, deacon candidate, Das Schmidt Haus head chef & cheesecake baker, Wisconsin native.

Joel earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Iowa State University and works as a software analyst for an agricultural research company. Joel is also in formation to be ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2014 and is currently developing a ministry dedicated to promoting healing from miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. He enjoys writing about culture, current events, sports, family life, and media. Follow Joel on Twitter (@Joel_Schmidt).

Our Top Posts

If you are new to our site, you might want to start with our most popular posts. Here are a baker’s dozen worth.

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