Forming Intentional Friendships: #Edel15 Afterthoughts

Lisa Schmidt Molly Myers Sarah Dickmeyer

Sometimes the best antidote for a bad day in the trenches of the domestic church is “incarnational time” with a good friend. Incarnational time, that’s what my friends and I call it, because friendships require spending time with another, in the flesh, sharing our gifts and who we are – our highs, lows, and mehs – with each another.

A Wannabe Runner, a Half Marathon and the Finish Line | 13.1 Random Thoughts

A Wannabe Runner, a Half Marathon and

Did you know the first Wednesday in June is also known as National Running Day? Yeah, me neither. But Twitter told me, so I guess it’s a bona fide thing. If I had my act together, I would have written this post 24-hours earlier, giving me a chance to capitalize on the #NationalRunningDay social media chatter. […]

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 […]

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 […]