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An invitation to breastfeed in church (and stop fighting about it)

Vera Lair | Stocksy United   Back in 2014, the Pope surprised a lot of folks when he encouraged some mothers of babies waiting to be baptized to feed their crying infants. Yes, he meant they should breastfeed their babies. In church. To quote Pope Francis, “If they are hungry, mothers, let ...

How small talk can form lasting relationships

  For those of us who dread chit chat about the details of potty training. For those of us who cannot handle discussing the weather when there are real, deep issues (the election! our life purposes! how I feel about my children getting older!) to talk about. Here's what I've learned about small talk and why ...

Hospitality and the Secret Power of Weakness

I'm taking a break from my Not Writing Anything and sharing on Grace Table a little nugget of what I've been learning and thinking about this summer.   "We as a humanity are obsessed with power. The sorrows, the tragedies of this summer might as well be narrowed down to the powerful, the powerless, and those ...

On Feeding Imperfectly: Hard-earned Hospitality and Motherhood

Two posts in one week! I know, right? Today I'm over at sharing about my long-journey into the kitchen and how--though I am not a natural cook--feeding my children has become a liturgy of grace in my life. Not all the good things we spend are lives doing come easy. In fact, plenty of them don't. And still, on my son's ...

You, me, and Leigh: What living with my single friend has taught me (and my family) about friendship and unexpected blessings.

    This is my friend, Leigh. She's also my roommate. Today I have a new piece up at about what it's looked like and what I've learned by having a single friend live with me and my family for the past year. Spoiler Alert: I think that when families and single people live together it's good for ...

The Day I Won the Lottery

    Happy World Down Syndrome Day from Ace! Today I have the honor of sharing what I wrote for Aleteia's magazine about what World Down Syndrome Day means to me, almost one year after our little guy's birth.   If I could write . . . [to] my pregnant self, the woman at the kitchen table with ...

#Aceface & World Down Syndrome Day

“Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.” -Jean Vanier, Each year on March 21 the world celebrates the lives ...