New Home, New Name, Same Me

Nine years or so ago, I started blogging. Shoved to Them became a second home to me. Its name was inspired by a quote from my Nanna, may she rest in peace, who looked at the rebellious girl in front of her and warned,

“One day God is going to have enough of your foolishness and demand that you hit your knees before Him. You can either do it willingly, or He will put His hand upon your head and shove you to them.”

I lived in that place of learning humility for a lot of years.

Last year, I picked up the whole thing and moved it over to Patheos. It was a larger platform, and a huge opportunity, but when the management changed, the friendly community of writers which had made it such a draw for me began to dwindle away.

LarryD (of Acts of the Apostasy fame) and I began talking about what we had loved and not really liked about our time as Patheosi, and decided that there was a great value in being a part of a writing community. It was something neither one of us wanted to do without, so we decided to found our own writers’ commune. That’s how The Conspiracy was born.

As I began thinking and praying about this huge step, I began to feel very strongly that it was time for a major change. I ran across a quote about how Ginger Rogers had done everything Fred Astaire had done, except she’d done it backwards and in high heels. I fell in love with the idea of dancing with God, and following (gracefully?) wherever He leads. I can’t see where we’re headed, but as long as I’m in His arms, I’m where I’m meant to be.

I’ve spent a lot of years being shoved to my knees. It’s time for me to get up and dance.



About Rebecca Frech

Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.
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4 Responses to New Home, New Name, Same Me

  1. Cajuntexasmom says:

    So glad to see this – love the new blog name! I recognized the quote immediately, and I love your idea of dancing with God. Excited to see this blossom – congrats, chicka!

  2. Larry D says:

    Wait…what??? A new name? A new blog?

  3. Sarah says:

    So, *there* you are! Was looking at Patheos, but no recent updates. Will definitely follow you over here. 🙂

  4. Alicia says:

    I enjoyed your book years ago as I was starting homeschooling.

    I’ve appreciated following your daughter’s journey with arthritis (our daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago with SOJIA).

    I look forward to following you at your new home on the internets! :)_

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