Hello! 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:
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.