Here's the low down:
I'm 32 and live in Illinois, but not Chicago. I am not crafty but I do make a phenomenal chocolate chip cookie. My husband and I have been married for seven fruitful years, and we've got six kids to prove it: one in Heaven, one who's just learning to sit up, and four more wandering around the house, probably eating pretzels they found under the couch.

The Blog:
Here at A Knotted Life I write about my life in general: the joys and struggles of motherhood, natural family planning, marriage, and living out my Catholic faith. I also write about some more basic stuff like music, food, and how tired I am.

The Knot:
The knot in the title refers to St. Paul's exhortation to "work out your salvation with fear and trembling."  That perfectly describes my life - I am figuring out this vocation of mine, learning how to be the best mom and wife I can be, a little intimidated by this great responsibility and gift God has given me.  I'm untangling it all, with a lot of help from our Lord, His blessed mother (the un-doer of knots in the header), and the entire body of Christ.

My son's alleged miracle through Fulton Sheen's intercession:
The knot is also a reference to the tightly tied true knot that led to the stillborn birth of my son, James Fulton.  That knot has led to some awesome events in our lives, and if you're not familiar with the story of James' sixty-one pulseless minutes and his alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen I strongly encourage you to read the following links:
James Fulton
God set the table
this thing that I fear
the long awaited MRI results are in
my thoughts on the alleged miracle

So in the end:
What I really want to say is Thanks for stopping by and I hope you feel very welcome here.


  1. I think it's really interesting that you chose Undoer of knots for the theme/patroness of your blog. I've only ever heard of Our Lady Undoer of Knots in relation to prayers of infertiles. She's a popular patron in the IF Catholic bloggy world. But I love how she ties into your story as well. Gotta love our Lady!

  2. Dear Bonnie, I just found your blog. I've heard about your miraculous son, but did not know you were blogging as well. I look forward to reading more. God bless you and your beautiful family !!

  3. I assumed your blog name was in reference to marriage! Ha! Guess I'm not always right about everything...

  4. Hii! I just wanted to stop by and say hi, as I just discovered your blog the other day! Where have all these blogs been before last week?? You and "House Unseen" and "Time Flies when You're Having Babies" and a zillion others! Bah! Well, probably good for my kids that I hadn't heard of you all, ha!

    Anyway, since I started reading your blog, I thought I'd say something, just because it's nice to know that a) you're actually talking to someone (I'm sure YOU are well aware, you seem to have a following, but in general!) and b) it's nice to know who's reading.. I'm another Catholic mom, and I really have come to appreciate Catholic mom/bloggers, they've done tons in my life as of the last year or two!

    So, thanks! And hi! And hi yet again, because 17 times wasn't enough!

    -Maria :]

  5. ((Oh!! And I wanted to say that I LOVE the the "Mary, Undoer of Knots" novena!! And the image! Everything about it! It was the first novena I'd ever prayed, and I think it's beautiful! So high-five on your awesome taste!))

  6. I think it's a perfect name and I enjoy your writing. My second son had a true knot in his cord that wasn't noticed until the midwife was looking at the cord and placenta. She told me that babies that survive it have a blessed and long life! May that be true for your little James!

  7. I have heard your name (blog name, that is) around the Catholic blogosphere but I don't think I'd ever visited until Katie@NFP sent us over today because of your son's seizure. I just read all these posts and wanted to let you know how deeply they resonated with me. I will be praying with you as this unfolds. God bless you.

  8. Oh, I remember your blue blog! Some of the most gripping reading my brain has ever done; remember it well. Very pleased to find you.