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To Ace, after his baptism

  Ace Christopher, As I write this you are on the floor wiggling around, rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy. You’ve got your eye on a red ball and have been trying to decide if it’s worth the hard work of scooting yourself over to it. After all, your little navy booties are just as fun to play ...

This is Ace

  Dear Reader, This is Ace. Ace Christopher Evans. He's named Ace after Batman's dog. At least that's what August (our six year old) told us a couple of months ago after we'd already been referring to him as "Ace" in the womb for months. Back in November, August had finally given us his blessing on this new ...

I’m going to Guatemala. Wanna come along?

The first time I ever experienced poverty, I was a seventeen-year-old, almost-freshman in college, adventuring through the Amazon River Basin in Brazil for ten days, finalizing my Big Plan for a future life of missionary work. That trip was mostly about one thing: God was going to show me what I was supposed to do with my ...

Reflections for Easter Sunday

[caption id="attachment_3208" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Testimony" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. All Rights Reserved.[/caption] From  Girl Meets God: The Last Battle, the final volume of Lewis's Narnia chronicles, pictures the end of time. Aslan---the lion who represents Jesus---has returned, folding all ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3

[caption id="attachment_5104" align="aligncenter" width="502"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance or beauty in the thought of a young woman looking desperately for a place where she ...

Poem-a-Day Friday: Mark Strand

[caption id="attachment_2679" align="aligncenter" width="390"] msmuse.tumblr.com[/caption] This is how it happens: You grieve the news that you will leave your home. You grieve it from afar and then you speak it. You speak it to the people in your world. You speak it with care and with sincerity. You say it over and over ...

Why I’m afraid to tell you where we’re going on vacation

[caption id="attachment_4446" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Florence, Italy at sunset (via romanticplaces.tumblr.com)[/caption] On September 19, Chris and I are going to Italy. Without our kids. And we’re going for ten days. There, I said it. I’ve been so afraid to tell you and there are a lot of reasons: One, I’m ...