Writer’s Block

I almost couldn’t remember the sign in name of my blog. That’s not good. It’s been a while, even including the only posting I do lately, putting my column up here for further dissemination.

But I want to keep writing in this space. I do. The challenge is that my life isn’t an Open Book any more, not with bigger kids and all the fun and wonderful (not sarcastic, totally true) stuff of their lives. I’m enjoying it, mostly, and at times it’s a challenge that brings me back to the foot of the cross every single day.

So for a writer who found her voice in the midst of family life crazy, that’s a tough page to turn. What to write about now? Or, if I choose to focus on the same things, how to do it in this new season?

Another part of my challenge is that there are so many new and exciting ways to waste time. Instead of actually writing anything, I can spend the same amount of time on Instagram or Twitter, doing a whole lot of (very fun) nothing, and before I knew it I had gotten completely out of the habit of even trying to write.

And I need to write. I do.

So I’m back here and I’m going to put something up here every day. I’ve got a new series of posts I’m working on, and I think I am open to answering your questions, if you still have any. I’m also not laboring under any assumptions about what kind of readership I actually might still have. Maybe that ship has sailed, maybe I’m okay with that.

The point of this exercise is to start finding my voice again.

Here we go.


  1. Jennifer Schaefer says:

    Sure miss you on IG, but I’m looking forward to the Return of the Blog. ?

  2. Amy Wilch says:

    I have missed you, Rachel! I’m right there with ya, with 4 boys, ages 13-20. They get upset if I post a pic of them on my facebook. =) Glad to hear you are coming back.

  3. Mary Kate says:

    “Rachel” in any format is pretty wonderful stuff!!!

  4. Not all of the ship has sailed! Still interested in anything you want to write! I will say though: many of my favorite blogs, women with hard-earned wisdom, go quiet when their kiddos become teenagers. And those of us who are following a little way behind you would really appreciate the wisdom about these years too. Is there a way to both respect young adult privacy AND still write? ?

  5. Just had our fourth boy last week – I’m always checking for new blog posts!!! I need your wisdom! Keep ’em comin’!

  6. Kristen says:

    I’m glad you’re back! Yours is the very first blog I started to read. I now have 7 boys of my own and with the second starting High School in the fall, I can understand how your blog stories can no longer be the same. I have always appreciated your take on life with boys and how you (and all of us) change as a mom as your kids get bigger.

  7. Welcome back! As a mom of many-ish (4 of them ages 10 and under), I’m always interested to hearing other family’s systems for meal planning/food shopping/easy large family recipes as well as any good tips for managing laundry. I think you have covered that before in your blog, but I know systems change as seasons in a family change. I’m all ears!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Of all the blogs I have read over the last 10 yrs (a whole lot!) only one has remained basically the same as the author’s kids grew past the “little kids” stage (dorcassmucker.blogspot.com, in case you’re looking for inspiration). But I know I am far from alone when I say that i know you still have a lot say, and a lot of people waiting to read it.

  9. Catherine Carlson says:

    It is no small thing that your blog has given me hope that there are other women of faith (although not my same faith) doing good things in the world. Keep writing!

  10. Hi Rachel- I like both your instagram a nd your blog! One question I have had lately is your experience with the Elijah Cup? Does your parish do this and how did that go with your family? How did you guys pray and where did you put it? You are a wonderful blessing and everyday testament to the catholic community. Always! I will always read whatever you have to show the world!!

  11. Hi Rachel! I’m so glad to read your words again! I would love to hear about how you handle multitasking in a large family – that is, the wonderful, chaotic nature of always having multiple children need multiple things from you and you simultaneously needing to accomplish multiple tasks on your to-do list. With five kids age 7 and under here, I feel like no one ever gets my full attention, including my beloved husband! I’d love to hear about how you handle that reality of large families. Thanks!

  12. scotch meg says:

    Welcome back, and write as you can. I will be following!

  13. Yay!!!!!

    Have you written about watching your kids get hurt and knowing how to work through that situation? What about how to help your kids pick friends?

  14. Yours is the very first blog I started reading. And it’s always a consistent one for me. You are gifted as a writer. You have stories to tell — even if the boys don’t like it anymore. The video of your teenagers asking you to stop doing your minute mom video is hilarious…..
    Oh that day when I don’t have baby photos or monthly milestone updates to write anymore. My mom/relatives will have to suffer reading my outfit posts.

    But you on the other hand, are much more gifted writer than me 🙂 keep the posts coming.

  15. It is far too easy to fritter time away on Instagram. I tell myself it’s how I unwind, but query whether I need that much unwinding! You are a beautiful writer and I’ll bet there’s lots in there just waiting to be expressed. – nancyo

  16. So happy you are back! I’m a mom of 4 boys, all under 5 (last two are twins boys) and you are my one and only favorite blogger that I love to read and find inspiration in every time I read you. Thank you for sharing!
    I also agree it would be great if there was a way to share about life with teenagers without compromising their privacy:))
    You are the queen of self pep talk !!

  17. Pam Gardner says:

    Glad you are back! My daughter has three boys – 5 yrs, 2 yrs and 4 mos. and we both love your writing.

  18. I am so glad you are back! Your blog was one of the first I ever followed; I was so excited when I found it years ago. I am a Catholic mama of five boys and one little princess (17 down to 2), and an aspiring writer. I recently started free writing 15 minutes, every day, no matter what to overcome my writer’s block and also to find a direction for my blog/website. It has worked wonders for me. Looking forward to your next post 🙂

  19. Kristine says:

    Yours was the first blog that I ever read! So happy that you are back. I missed your thoughts on Downton and appreciate your honesty in your writing!

  20. Kristina says:

    Hi Rachel! I found your blog waaay back when Henry broke his leg and my little guy needed a hip spica cast too! I’ve been a fan ever since! I am inspired by your writings as a Catholic mom and enjoy your “voice” as a writer. I just had baby number 6 last month (4 boys, 2 girls) and my oldest is 13! I would love to hear your thoughts on navigating the teenage years with boys. We are just getting our feet wet in the teenage pool, and I’m afraid it hasn’t been easy so far!

  21. I’m glad you’re back! Sometimes I take a break for a few weeks and return reinvigorated! I’m glad you’re back! 🙂