Meet Bailey

Tl;dr I’m a stay-at-home feminist mommy with a love of writing and a weird theological background.

I grew up in a big house in the little woods during the heyday of Vision Forum’s stay-at-home daughter movement, promoting patriarchialism, long denim skirts, and a narrow view of God via my blog. The website Raising Homemakers picked up my work around the time I started questioning my future as a rural homemaker-in-training with zero prospects beyond folding laundry for eight siblings and learning how to crochet for the fourth time.

When I was sixteen, I came out with my concerns about stay-at-home daughters, Vision Forum, and conservative Christian mores in general. This admission threw me into spiritual turmoil, but it is the one and only time I am confident I had an experience with God.

A few years later, I attended Hillsdale College, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in Christian studies. Here I pursued the good, the true, and the beautiful; met the most unique and genuine people; and changed into a more mature and less close-minded woman able to embrace mystery and difference without her world falling apart. In my senior thesis, “Saved Through Childbirth: How Women Participate in the Life of a Male Redeemer,” I wrestled with questions pertaining to femininity and spirituality in the early church.

During college, I met my husband, a Catholic, ISTP chemistry major — my opposite in every respect (I was a Reformed Baptist ENFJ). We fell in love, which required lots of stretching, mind-changing, and patience, and married the day after our graduation on May 15, 2016. We now attend a warm Episcopalian parish, where I sing in the choir as an alto section leader.

As an undergrad, I began freelancing for my college’s website and for Off the Page. Because writing doesn’t pay the bills and I love little kids, I work part-time as a preschool teacher. I’m crazy about respectful parenting and play-based, nature-infused learning, and I put it all into practice as the happy mommy of little e.e., born Christmas Day 2017.

Please drop me a line and tell me a little bit about yourself, too!