This is the blog of our family. God has richly blessed us with our Catholic faith, five children and our little homestead. Here we chronicle what is taking up brain space with some room for deep thoughts. We try to keep a balance between high culture and and cows.

Ideas. Folk. Work. Place.

These are the things that shape who we are. They are the raw make-up of what makes us and the world we live in. The “ideas” are most important because they are the fuel for what we think, how we act and what we do. St. Paul says,

“whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  –Philippians 4:8

“I” can be so many things in this world. For us, though, “I” is the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith. It is a gift of love from God.

It is ALL gift.

And the “I” informs all the other aspects of our lives. Our ideas form who we are in relation to others around us (folk). Our ideas inform what we do and how we spend our days (work). And our ideas inform how we relate to our cultural and spacial region (place). The”fwp” is what makes the application of the “I” so unique.

The trick is to make the transition between the “I” and the “fwp” seamless and natural. In our culture, we are challenged to reclaim a Catholic imagination in pursuit of our  family’s holiness. So, even though we blog about the weather, books, movies, sick and goofy kids, and farm life, be assured that I/fwp is always there.

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2 responses to “About

  1. Adam

    Hi there, I just discovered your blog today after googling “I/FWP.” It is a joy to read. I was searching this acronym after developing it (I thought originally) for my master’s thesis on culture and conflict. I bet you can guess that I’m using C. Dawson’s thought on the cultural life. We have five sons and one daughter (#5). Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas season. In Christ, AD

    • Thanks Adam, good to hear from you! Funny the similarities in our families. I (Jackie) also did a MA thesis utilizing Dawson.
      The acronym is actually from a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, James Gaston.
      God bless you and your family!

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