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On the Glory of the Clementine, and Noticing

  One of the gifts of having a child whose development moves at a quieter, more deliberate pace than my other babies is that I have more time to notice the miraculous moments of his everyday growth. Today I'm writing at GraceTable about the day Ace learned to feed himself a clementine, and the wonders of being ...

Delight: My One-Word for 2016 (and an announcement)

You are a delight. We say that to Ace, the baby who seems remarkably gifted at sweetness. I say it while I tickle him or while he giggles to my lame-mom attempts at singing our way through the afternoon. I say it to my older boys when they’re snuggling close, their hair sometimes the scent of the dreamcicle ice cream ...

Grace for women with a prenatal diagnosis, a radio interview

[caption id="attachment_9964" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Photo by the amazing Monica Ayers. Click on photo for her link![/caption] A few weeks ago I had the chance to chat with Martha Manikas-Foster from Inside Out of Family Life Radio. She wanted to talk about my Her.menuetics piece from a couple of months ago, ...

So much we pray in so few words

We lean over the pack-n-play travel crib in a dark room at their grandfather’s house. August is a newly minted seven year old whose past two weeks have been filled with swimsuits and slabs of sunscreen. We’re on an extended trip to the east coast, where the sun shines hot in the summer and grandparents and aunts and ...

Cultivate Space (for the Sweet Mercy)

  I've basically been gone from this blog for, um, around eight weeks. (Except for when I introduced you to my main squeeze, Ace.) Let’s call it a maternity leave. In my former blogging life I would have shed a lot of tears, frantically paced the floor over the amount of unwritten words, and internally ...

The Ashes and the Being Made Whole

I published this piece two years ago at A Deeper Story, but I've never shared its entirety over here. Today is Ash Wednesday: let's think about wholeness, okay? I had planned to worship beside my husband on Ash Wednesday. For the almost-decade of our marriage, we have never once been to my favorite service of the year ...

One Day 2014

For the second year in a row I joined blogger Hollywood Housewife in her annual Instagram phenomenon #OneDayHH, a day in which we document all the mundane details of our ordinary Wednesday. This year I made a conscious decision not to Instagram my bed head. I'm sure you're all grateful. The rest is here for you: I ...