These Walls - Julie WalshHello! I’m Julie Walsh, a stay-at-home mom to three little boys and a baby girl. I am a former lobbyist for the Catholic Church, an all-day NPR listener, and an avid consumer of news, Big Ideas, and Catholic-mommy-blogs.

I love, love, love to get into a good conversation. About pretty much anything, but especially about my family, my faith, society, politics, current events… and how they all interact. I have this fantasy of sitting in a cozy coffee shop or a snug little bar and discussing the world’s problems with interesting people.

But I have these four adorable little responsibilities, you know? So the closest I get to my fantasy these days is the occasional play-date with a mommy friend, where we maybe fit in a five-minute visit to A Topic of Great Importance, in between our review of developmental milestones, childhood illnesses, and pregnancy experiences. (And our frequent admonitions to share and play nicely and do-not-hit-your-brother!) If we’re really lucky, we’re drinking a cup of coffee while we chat, sometimes daring to set it down on this lovely table: Boys and train table

A few years ago, as I approached the three-year mark on my role as homemaker/stay-at-home mom, I thought on how I’d spent my stay-at-home time to that point. There were the diapers and dishes and laundry, of course. There were the play dates. There were also entirely too many hours spent on Facebook, lots of political opinions spoken aloud to the radio, and wonderful one-sided friendships with a slew of excellent mommy bloggers who didn’t even know who I was.

I was itching to reach out. I wanted to join those conversations! I wanted to say something more than what I could fit into a few lines on Facebook. So after almost three years of wanting to blog and thinking I didn’t have time to blog and daydreaming topics for blogs and drafting/trashing blog themes, I decided to finally give it a shot.

As indicated in the subtitle, I blog about the goings-on within my own home. I also try to write on the events and ideas and questions that sometimes seem so very far away from the daily tasks of a stay-at-home-mom. (Or this one, at least.)

Aside from the physical walls referenced in the blog’s title, I can’t help but think of the figurative walls we so frequently put up between ourselves and others because of our opinions on any number of issues. I try to explore these in the blog as well.

Overall, I’m stuck on that mental image of a cozy venue for deep conversation on those Topics of Great Importance (and also topics of regular importance). I hope this space becomes something like that. And I hope those who participate in the conversation will do so with respect and kindness, a sincere interest in growing in understanding… and maybe a tasty beverage in-hand.

Boys asleep wine on table

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Your reasons for starting a blog mirror mine, exactly! I’m glad I found your place, and look forward to some good “conversations” in the future! 🙂

  2. I love that you’re blogging, Julie. I’ve never been a “blog reader” (is that such a thing?) but I love your family so much and have always enjoyed your company when we have moments to sit and share. I miss having you next door and I honestly believe I’ll never (because I have never) had such wonderful neighbors as you and Brennan and the boys!

    Kuddos to you for expressing yourself!

  3. I just found your blog through another one, and I can so relate to wanting to enter the conversation. I’m toying with the idea of starting my own blog too. The husband and I were discussing my ideas just today over lunch so we’ll see. I look forward to continuing to read yours in the meantime.

  4. I just discovered your blog, and I want to say congratulations for taking the plunge and starting it! I enjoyed reading some of your posts, and I have just added you to my feed. I have also started a blog recently. After four years of being a stay-at-home mom, I finally decided to draw a line and do something for me – I feel like I needed this outlet for my sanity, and so far, I love it! I never knew what I was missing, but I feel like a whole new person just by having a blog. It’s great to be able to speak my mind, and it’s even more awesome to discover this great community of mom bloggers, and to become part of it.

  5. Just stopping by from Jen’s blog. I am bookmarking your blog, and I will be stopping back. I look forward to reading your seven posts in the next seven day. Keep calm and blog on

    • Thank you! But… um… I need to update this page. I’ve no longer got three under four. 😉 For the next couple of weeks, we’ve got three under five. Then we’ll turn all typically-spaced-children and have a five-year-old, a three-year-old, and a one-year-old. For a few months. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Hello Julie & Family,
    just saw you on CNN, sending best wishes from Vancouver Island, BC Canada. don’t usually watch CNN, but have been to keep up on storm conditions as my American family members lives in NC, VA, MD, NJ: mother, siblings, niece, nephews, cousins. Your sons look like real sweeties. How nice your parents are there to help as only parents can eh! looking forward to hearing the good news of your daughter’s safe arrival. (by the way, my fourth baby was about an hour labour!) Many good thoughts and encouragement to you and your family. Kind regards,
    Beth Mitchell

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