The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support, Catholic Style

Churching of Women

Ahh, we're in the thick of Lisa's postpartum period so it seems a perfect time to write about "The Churching of Women," an ancient rite in the Catholic Church to welcome and bless new mothers. Once upon a time in colonial America there was something called a “lying in” period. This was the time, typically a month or so, following childbirth when a community would rally in support of a new mother. She would rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while the community kept up the … [Read more...]

Why Didn’t Someone Share the Truth With Us?


We are practicing Catholics, not perfect ones. That label "practicing" is a constant reminder of our great need of repentance and conversion. In our latest post at Catholic Stand, we openly share about an area in our marriage where our repentance and ongoing conversion was and still needed. Click here to read full post. … [Read more...]

Moms’ Night Out

Moms' Night Out Movie

Creating an All New Kind of Family Comedy It’s not everyday I receive an invitation to attend a movie set, watch a scene being filmed, view some completed scenes in early post-production, and meet and greet with some of the actors. Okay, so it’s the only time I’ve ever been invited to such an outing, but what an exciting outing it was. A few weeks ago, I cryptically shared a few photos from a whirlwind trip to Birmingham, Alabama. The media embargo on the movie is now lifted, and I can openly … [Read more...]

Good Times!

Lisa Schmidt Fun Profile

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life --- {pretty, happy, funny, real} style {pretty} Warning: Sap-a-lert straight ahead!  I stumbled on this photo of Lucy while recently scrolling through our overloaded iPhoto albums. I keep saying one of these days I will figure out a photo organization system that actually serves ... well ... as a photo organization system. This photo is from a recent daddy/daughter dance. Immediately the famous 1960s Kodak commercial accompanied by the … [Read more...]

Teens and Virtuous Social Media Use


My latest column over at alerts parents to a new Facebook app called "Bang With Friends." I think what horrifies me the most with this new app is teens, even preteens, have the ability to download an app and experiment sexually under the guise of logging onto Facebook. What to do? Well telling Facebook to breakup with this app is one part of the battle. The other? Arming our children with a moral compass so that when exposed to the seedier cultural elements, they are … [Read more...]

Barefaced & Beautiful: She Gave up Make-Up for Lent

Christine Baker

Lent is a time to renew our commitment from Baptism, to reflect, begin anew, sort out things in our life that are junking it up or preventing us from being the kind of Catholic we are called to be. At least that’s the way I look upon Lent --- it is rooted in conversion, turning our lives completely over to Christ and His way of life. This begs the question: what is impeding my ability to have a more faithful, Christ-centered life? During past Lenten seasons, I’ve given up coffee, soda, gossip … [Read more...]

Teaching Chastity Through the Virgin Martyrs


In her best-selling book and movement Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, Dr. Meg Meeker challenges the popular feminist attack on traditional masculinity and advocates the most important factor for girls developing into confident, well-adjusted women is a strong father with conservative values. I often wonder if the book would have achieved the same success had a man written it. Here’s why. When I see traditional fathers with conservative values venturing out to speak, write, or preach (as in … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes

Stick Figure Freeze Tag, Daddy-Daughter Dance, A Well-Read Mom, Radio Show Updates, Mushroom Soup & Two Urgent Prayer Requests --- 1 --- So four-year-old Lucy and I have a new activity here at Das Schmidt Haus, one that infuses stick figures, freeze tag, and dance marathon. Here's how it works. First, with a pencil and paper, draw a bunch of stick-people-in-crazy-positions: one arm up, one knee up, both arms out to the side, one leg out, etc. Once your stick people are created, one person … [Read more...]

Take 5 with Kathleen Basi

Take 5 at The Practicing Catholic

Time for another round of Take 5 --- a video series we've started here to showcase the great work of folks passionately involved in Catholic media. I recently chatted with Kathleen Basi, a wife, mom, writer, blogger, musician, and along with her husband, a natural family planning teaching couple for the Couple to Couple League. Check out more from Kathleen at her blog,; follow her on Twitter @kathleenmbasi and connect with her on Facebook. In our interview, Kathleen chats … [Read more...]