Welcome to my blog! I am so happy that you’ve found my little “home on the web,” as it were, and that you’re interested in what I have to say. My name is Nicole, and I am a committed Catholic. Not only that, but I am crazy in love with and now 15 years married to a wonderful man who is a Baptist pastor. Just last year, we welcomed a baby girl, henceforth known on this blog as Peaseblossom (a.k.a “Baby Bean”), into our family. That is what I write about on this blog, and that makes a lot of people curious. We are living proof that if Baptists and Catholics can love each other, then it’s definitely possible for all Christians to do the same.
I originally began this blog in conjunction with my 2011 pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. Not only was it an intense spiritual reawakening, but God sent me home with a new job: to serve as a witness to the importance of the ecumenical movement. To be completely honest, as a Catholic, the words “witness” and “testimony” don’t exactly make me feel very comfortable; in fact, they are downright scary to me. But, when God says, “Jump!” you say, “How high?” After a three year hiatus from the blogosphere (Once I “pilgrimaged,” I had no idea where to take my blog next!), I decided to resume my online journaling with a new name and focus, and thus Ephphatha came into existence.
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