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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 ...

One Word 2013: Enough

I wish I were a mom with constant craft supplies. I wish I had every kind of glitter available and fresh scented play-dough always waiting for little fingers to mash. I wish I were a mom who filled hours with learning, a mom who sent thank-you notes on time. I wish I had real, practical goals in my mothering life. I wish I ...

Advent Poetry Series “Darkness”

Darkness For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. -Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) Immensity, cloister’d in thy ...

Julie Bowen and our Bellies

Last night was a sucker punch of bedtime crazy. My screaming preschooler woke his brother up twice between the hours of 8 and 9:30. I was back and forth to them and finally finished bedtime at 10:30, three hours after it had started. I'm still at my parents and felt sorry for myself. So I poured a bowl of M&Ms and sat in ...

Just Write: The Miracle

You’re up at 5 am. They call this “sleeping through the night.” I groan and meet you in our secret place: dark room, soft carpet, a rocking chair in the corner. The glow of nightlight feels sacred when I’m here, like I’ve been roused from my sleep for some holy appearing, a light leaking, heaven-glow. I’m ...

Thankful Tuesday: Moby wraps, pancakes, and baby dimples

Let’s start with this: There are some seasons in a marriage where you feel more like a team than you ever have, where you know what to say to each other in the sweetest and most painful moments, where you laugh big, hearty, hysterical laughs at each other. I’m thankful that Chris and I are in that season. And I’m ...

3 Weeks Thankful

How do I count the ways? My littlest baby is three weeks old tomorrow and he’s perfectly healthy and beautiful (besides a weird outie belly button and a pair of cross-eyes but only I’m allowed to say that because I’m his mother. You should say he’s adorable). Yesterday I survived an extra long day alone with the ...