I am Christy Wilkens, wife to a tremendously patient and tender husband, Todd, and the mother of six tireless (no, seriously: tireless) children, from preschool to high school. I love philosophy, breakfast tacos, quiet reading in the wee hours, and Jesus.
We live in a tumbledown farmhouse on five unkempt acres. I drive a 12-passenger van. We fulfill every stereotype you have about orthodox Catholics.
Except the one about a perfect faith life.
We are, as a priest once put it, an “intense” family. Several of us live with disabilities both overt and invisible. We laugh a lot. We yell a lot. We hug a lot, and cry a lot, and we try and usually fail to pray a lot. It is a work in progress.
I write to tell the story of our attempts to be faithful — to God and to each other — even though we are so rarely completely successful.
And I hope you find yourself in some part of our story, because he’s calling you to be faithful, too, even when you’re stumbling through the darkness.
Christy Wilkens is a Catholic wife, mother, and writer for CatholicMom.com, Blessed Is She, and Accepting the Gift. She is a Dame of Magistral Grace in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which she joined after a pilgrimage to Lourdes with her husband, Todd, and their youngest son, Oscar, sponsored by the organization.
Wilkens is a lector and catechist at her parish and serves as a peer minister for Be Not Afraid in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has appeared on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show on SiriusXM and has been featured in the Order of Malta American Association newsletter, Hospitallers. Wilkens earned her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
The Wilkenses live with their six children in the Austin, Texas, area.