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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 ...

On Feeding Imperfectly: Hard-earned Hospitality and Motherhood

Two posts in one week! I know, right? Today I'm over at GraceTable 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dear Parents of a Child with Special Needs (Revised and at TCW today!)

[caption id="attachment_10014" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Monica Ayers Photography[/caption] Several months ago I posted a letter here of some things I had learned in my then six or so months of being the mom of a child with special needs. Today that piece (revised and with some additional thoughts) is over at ...

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 ...

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 ...