A little about me

Erin, Gianna (9mos), Faith (2 years), Gabriel (4 years), and Michael

I recently moved back to my hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but I have lived for the past five years in Houston, Texas, basking (and sweating and freaking out and praying hard) in the adventures of young marriage. Looking back, I spent much of that time in Houston pregnant, and I am proud momma to a four year old, two year old, and a nine month old little Texans who are as happy and cute as they come. Oh, and last but not least, I am wife to a really, really wonderful guy who is kind of cute as well.

My heart's desire is that Humble Handmaid be a joyful, grounded, honest chronicle of reflections on what my "yes" to God looks like, day in and day out. This isn't a place for me to whine, or explain why my children are actually much more destructive and incorrigible than any other children on the planet. It's not a place to just post about how wonderful everything is and how my faith is so solid that I never just cry my heart out because life can be so stinking hard sometimes. It's just me being real and sharing what's overflowing from my heart in this moment of my life.

St. Josemaria Escriva said that "either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find him." Ordinary and behind-the-scenes is my life as a stay-at-home mom, so in the middle of cooking dinner and walking atomic bomb diapers out to the trashcan, I'm looking for God every day of my life, and sometimes when I look in the right places with the right heart, I find Him. And then I try to tell you about it.:) St. Teresa of Avila did give us a pretty helpful hint: "God is among the pots and pans." I usually try to start there each day.


Michael and I were married on August 8, 2008. I will never be bored married to Michael Franco, as God's plan for my life so far proves time and time again! Most of the time, that means I laugh a little more on a daily basis than the average person. We've been through four moves and four job changes so far, including starting our own business at one point. It's been a little wild (read: incredibly stressful and scary and thrilling and terrible at points), but at the end of the day, everything has been covered in prayer to the best of our humble ability, and we've just kept moving forward in the Lord's will as we've felt we discerned it. That's marriage, ya'll. :)


Feel free to email me any time at humblehandmaid@gmail.com. I'd love to connect with you! I will just warn you that I'm not one of those Super Blogger Mommas who seems like she must always be online because she answers emails and comments as soon as you press "submit." Blogging knows its place on Momma's Priority List at our house.:)