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.
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! 😉
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.
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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! 😉
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