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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 For Her 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 ...

Why ‘Receive’ Should Have Been My Word in 2015

Cultivate was my word for 2015, a year that was probably the most challenging of my life. I didn’t write about that word, Cultivate, all that much. Not because I didn’t feel inspired by the power of its meaning, but because I didn’t really have the energy to think about what I was cultivating. In all honesty, last ...

Jesus in real life: A repost for Halloween

I wrote this post three years ago. And it remains one of those conversations with my son that I think about often. Especially at Halloween. Hope you don't mind my sharing it again... “Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We’re driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good ...

When the promises are in the distance, waiting to be welcomed home

  We’re way behind schedule when we walk in the door and I call out a litany of frantic mother phrases, “Shoes off! Hands washed! August-do-your-reading-for-ten-minutes!” while I lay Ace on the quilt in the living room and toss a couple of toys his way before starting dinner. Brooks is not happy about ...

Ghostly Grief: On Miscarriage and Loss

I've written briefly here about my experience with my miscarriage this past summer, but I haven't yet shared the story. Today I'm over at OnFaith sharing (pretty vulnerably) about my experience that week and about the complications of grieving a relationship you never really had. I lie back against the paper-coated ...

I’m pregnant! (And…some thoughts on that.)

Yes, that’s me! Like, yesterday. I’m seventeen weeks pregnant. Baby number 3 will making its way into the world this April. Can you believe that? Me neither. I was going to tell you weeks ago but I didn’t. And I’m still trying to make sense of why. Of course, I know why I kept it quiet the first trimester. The ...

Jesus in Real Life (A repost for Halloween)

Happy Halloween, people! This is a repost from two years ago, when August was a tiny little preschooler. It's still one of my favorites.   “Why is it called Halloween, Mom?” We’re driving to preschool. This is the time of day when August asks all the good questions. “Ummmm…” I say. I say that ...