My Conversation with The Catholic Foodie

Lisa-Schmidt Catholic Foodie Podcast

I recently chatted with Jeff Young for his radio program, The Catholic Foodie Show on Real Life Radio. The podcast is now available should you be interested in listening. Ways to Listen: Podcasts are radio shows to listen to at your convenience. You don’t need an iPod or smart phone to listen. Listen right here at the blog. Scroll down and listen via the SoundCloud […]

Weekend Reads: Resources for Pregnancy and Infant Loss


In an ongoing effort to include more resources about pregnancy and infant loss here on the blog, this 7 Quick Takes post is a round-up of articles to ponder and websites to explore on that very subject. — 1 — From perhaps an unlikely source, here’s a post by Katherine Hobson over at NPR — People […]

In honor of Our Lady of Fatima, a Wordless Wednesday

Our Lady of Fatima - Post

Okay, not quite wordless, but it’s a short one! About this time last year, Joel arranged for me to have an individual retreat at New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa (you may have heard of them, the monks who handcraft the Trappist caskets). The retreat was a much-needed opportunity for respite and renewal. Reflecting back, my favorite memories involved […]

Let’s Chat about Mentoring Relationships for Moms

Motherhood Mentors

During a recent visit to the Omaha Zoo, I spotted this info board outside the gorilla exhibit and couldn’t help but make the connection to human motherhood as well. Indeed, my motherhood has been shaped and informed by watching seasoned (human!) mothers care for their young. I feel blessed to be friends with moms who’ve birthed several kids across a […]

Putting the FUN into Fundraiser | A sock hop for Mary’s Meals

Sockhop table decorations

Some people just have a knack for putting the FUN into a fundraiser. This post is all about that. First, I highlight a bit about Mary’s Meals, the organization at the center of this fundraiser, next I share some details and photos of the sock hop, and finally I share some exciting news for Iowans related to Mary’s Meals.

Finding Holy Leisure in Flowering Crabapples

Des Moines Crab Apples

Pope Emeritus Benedict once said, “We live in a society in which it seems that every space, every moment must be ‘filled’ with initiatives, activity, sound; often there is not even time to listen and dialogue … Let us not be afraid to be silent outside and inside ourselves, so that we are able not […]

Springtime Photo Dump

Das Schmidt Haus Easter 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared photos of our family and kids, so here’s a quick photo dump. — Das Schmidt Haus, Easter 2015 — Okay, it wasn’t really Easter, and Cy, Iowa State’s mascot, didn’t attend church with us. But let’s pretend because I need an obligatory family Easter photo. Maybe I should Photoshop the […]