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On Belonging, and the Buddy Walk

When I got the prenatal diagnosis for Ace's Down syndrome I felt a strong sense of separation. I was no longer a typical mother raising typical kids. I was different. My husband was different. Our family was somehow other. This wasn't something I worried about for long. From the beginning our friends and our ...

When God Meets Us in the Wilderness

My friend Amber Haines released her book Wild in the Hollow this past summer. That Amber Haines can write gorgeous sentences. And her book's theme of how our desires point to the kingdom we serve has challenged me to go back to another friend's book. Jen Pollock Michel's Teach Us to Want is about the theology of ...

To the new parents of a child with special needs

Dear new parents of a child with special needs, I saw your Facebook post. Congratulations! The way I see it you had two deliveries yesterday: One was bringing your baby into this world. The other was telling the Internet that your baby is different. Both require deep courage. You delivered graciously and with ...

What I’m Into: M(P)aternity Leave/Ace Edition

[caption id="attachment_9934" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Ace asleep in the cradle my grandfather made me[/caption] So, if I had my stuff together, I’d be adding my voice to Leigh Kramer’s “What I’m Into” blog linkup every month. At the end of the month, like the rest of the fun blogging people I ...

This is Ace

  Dear Reader, This is Ace. Ace Christopher Evans. He's named Ace after Batman's dog. At least that's what August (our six year old) told us a couple of months ago after we'd already been referring to him as "Ace" in the womb for months. Back in November, August had finally given us his blessing on this new ...

The Internal Frantic Monster (Or, My Addiction to the Egg Timer)

When I was in 3rd grade, I took my mom’s white mechanical egg timer (with one of those old-school dials that turned and ticked) from the kitchen counter and developed a plan to time each aspect of my morning routine. I set myself some “reasonable” goals—ten minutes for my hair, fifteen minutes for breakfast, three ...

Work, Study, Rest & Play: The Art of Simple Podcast

  I have loved Tsh Oxenreider since I read Organized Simplicity three years ago. And her site The Art of Simple is inspiring and challenging to my always-trying, but not quite simply-organized self. Last spring I had the chance to meet her in real life when she came through San Francisco on tour for her newest ...