I was grown near the ocean in the Southern California sun and raised a faithful Catholic by faithful Catholics. My husband says my family has two topics of conversation, Catholicism and food. We’ve been married for 19 years, all of those as active duty or retired Army. I’m the mom to 9 living children, 2 entrusted to God’s mercy, and growing another little person as we speak. One of the blessings of being in my 14th year of homeschooling is that I can take a sabbatical from volunteering and write a blog. Email me at rachel dot baer dot may at gmail dot com.