About Lacy Rabideau

Rabi-WHO? How do you pronounce that last name of yours?

Rabideau is pronounced Ra-bi-doo. Like Mountain Dew, but with rabbits. Most people try to say Ra-bi-dough, like the Pillsbury dough boy. If you do that, I won’t be offended, and most likely, I won’t even correct you. ;-) My first name is Lacy, and it’s very nice to meet you. Here I am with my family, Christmas 2015.

lacy rabideau family from catholic icing
I’m so glad you’re here! Before we get started, I’d like to say that I would have thought that God would call someone more qualified to write Catholic Icing, but I suppose it’s true what they say-  “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” I have learned and grown so much while writing this blog, and I could not be happier that God led me to it. 🙂 I have been publishing on the web since 2008.

I turned 30 this year and have been married for over a decade now. And yes, I am aware that I am insane. God has blessed us beyond belief! Here are our children- Lydia is 9, Julian is 7, Violet is 5, and Anabelle is 3. I had a miscarriage between Lydia and Julian, and named her Samantha Gianna.


Growing up, my mom was Catholic and my dad was non-practicing-Baptist. After 35 years of marriage to my mom, he finally came into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass! I was so happy for him to be able to use my book, A Picture Book of the Mass, which I actually consulted with him as I wrote it to make it user-friendly for those who aren’t familiar to the Mass. So for all of you who have heard the statistics about how you can’t raise kids without a Catholic spouse, prove ’em wrong! My mom sure did! 😉

conversion story

I had my own powerful conversion experience at a high school youth conference. I know this is why I’m so charismatic. After my conversion, I  started dabbling in Catholic Art, and my passion for the Faith began to grow.

I was an art education major in college, studying to be an elementary school art teacher with a concentration in ceramics, but I dropped out 3 semesters shy of graduation to stay home with our first daughter.

My husband graduated from Franciscan University after what felt like an eternity of college.

Being married and having multiple children while my husband was in college and I stayed home certainly brought out my frugal side, and I really developed a passion for saving money. That is one of the reasons why I started this blog- to provide a free resource of Catholic Ideas to the Catholic community. I know there were times that I simply didn’t have the option of buying a book to help me celebrate the feast days or come up with craft ideas, so I feel that this blog fills a needed hole in the Catholic community. I do have pay-for resources now, but I work very hard to keep those affordable as well.

Our family continued to grow…Image18

and grow some more!


Then we added a few furry companions as well. Toby is our lovable cat, and Ellie is our ferocious guard dog. Do you hear that, you weird internet stalker weirdos? Ferocious guard dog!

catholic icing pets

My husband was an IT Manager for a Catholic church and school in Northern Virginia, but he had a change of heart. He decided that he wanted to go into law enforcement, so he accepted a job and we moved to the upstate of South Carolina, which was actually “back home” for me. My dad is also a Sheriff’s Deputy, so I’m the most protected girl in the world! We are very happy to live near family again!

I love the Catholic faith and want nothing more than for my children to share this passion. I hope you find some ideas here for your own Catholic family or students to grow with their love for the faith as well!

lacy with kids

Many of you have now watched my children grow up over the years here. I never thought about it that way until my inbox was full of tearful responses to Lydia’s First Communion.

first communion portrait

It’s a beautiful thing to have you all in my life as my Catholic community, especially now that I’m back in the south and my online people practically serve as my only Catholic community. Thanks for being a part of Catholic Icing. 🙂

Some more random things about me…
I am passionate about preschoolers, and I wrote a Catholic Preschool Curriculum.
Catholic ABC's The Book
Mass Response Booklet for Children
I’m not the only Catholic business in the family! My sister-in-law is the Drawn 2 B Creative lady, and my mother-in-law is the owner of Catholic Schoolhouse.
rabideau family
 When I was 16, and my brother was 18, my parents had another baby! My little brother was born on September 11th… like the September 11th. Our little ray of hope on a day drenched in despair. What a gift to the world! He was really my first baby. 🙂
I’m obsessed with purple. I paint in purple, decorate in purple… and all of my daughters are named for the color purple. My husband finally made a rule for our house… no purple in the living room. That’s ok, we have like, 8 other rooms. 😉 It took a lot of self control not to make Catholic Icing purple, but ultimately, I decided I didn’t want it to seem perpetually stuck in Advent or Lent.
purple baby namesWe live in a super old farmhouse that’s so big we couldn’t possibly have enough children to fill it 😉 We moved away from our farmhouse, and bought a much more normal house in South Carolina when my husband switched jobs. Although I do love being near family, I miss this farmhouse!I used to be a wedding videographer (in what feels like a lifetime ago now).

I enjoy playing guitar music for children.

Oh, do I cook? Sure… I burn, I mean, bake a little!
I love, love, love anything artsy and craftsy!
I love my friends! In fact, I owe them my sanity. 😉

I’d also like to say that I get asked this question a lot: “How do you do it all?”. My answer is, I don’t. Remember that no matter how many of my blog posts your read, the bad stuff never goes up here. Never compare the inside of your family to the outside of another, and please don’t let Catholic Icing be a place where you get your daily dose of inadequacy! If you knew me in real life, you’d know better! Lol! 😉

For anyone who’s really interested in following more of my personal family life, be sure to follow me on Instagram. I use all of my other social media outlets mostly for business purposes, including this site. However, I do have a few posts labeled “personal nature” here.

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