2013

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Favorite Family Posts of 2013My five favorite posts based upon life in our household in 2013

As I look back on 2013, I am struck by how far we have come as a family. So to end the year, here are my favorite posts about our family (interspersed with some of my favorite photos) from the year:

What Penny's Birthday and Epiphany Taught Me About Who We All Are "I look forward ...

Favorite Guest Posts of 2013Seven posts from 2013 written by others for my blog, all related to Down syndrome.

It's Penny's birthday today, and I'm sure I will have some thoughts about her to share soon, but for now, in her honor, here are seven guest posts written for this blog in 2013, all related in some way to Down syndrome:

Life with Down Syndrome in Zambia  An interview with a mother ...

Favorite Posts of 2013Four of my favorite posts, written for PBS Parents, Chai Mamas, Huffington Post Parents, and the Atlantic, that I've written in 2013.

Today's list includes my four favorite posts I wrote for other venues:

How to Talk to Kids (And Parents) About Disability    (for PBS Parents): Even though I have a daughter with Down syndrome, for a long time I didn't know what to say when we encountered other people with physical ...

Merry Christmas!
Are You Ready for Christmas? (And Why It's Okay If You Aren't)"I'm not ready for Jesus to show up, and perhaps that's exactly as it should be."

Have you bought all the presents? Have you wrapped them all? How about the cookies? The movies? The cards?

Maybe you are like me and most of the physical preparation for Christmas are complete. And maybe you are like me and this season of Advent, meant to be a time of spiritual ...

What I'm Reading and Tweeting (and How to Find a Good and Perfect Gift)Down syndrome in ancient art, Jesus isn't white, men doing housework, and more...

I've heard lately that it's hard to get a high-quality copy of A Good and Perfect Gift. And I'm sorry about that! Apparently Amazon is printing its own copies, which means that if you order one there (for the low-low price of $6.98, which should have been a clue), instead of ...

Snow Days and Preparing Him RoomIt's one of my favorite lines from a Christmas hymn, Joy to the World: Let every heart prepare him room… But my heart is crowded with the regular preparations for Christmas

It's one of my favorite lines from a Christmas hymn, Joy to the World: Let every heart prepare him room.

But my heart is crowded with the regular preparations for Christmas–writing a letter and sending out cards, decorating the tree and making cookies, buying presents, wrapping ...

Who Can You Not See?"But what I wish I had said, most of all, was, "Can you see my daughter?""

I wrote last week of an incident in which I realized Penny had appeared to be willfully disobedient, mean, and destructive (Happy Tears: Why I Believe in My Daughter). Based on what I already know about her and some gentle nudges from the Holy Spirit, I questioned that version ...

Remembering Newtown and Singing Jingle BellsThe anniversary of the Newtown shooting will always coincide with Advent, with the mournful, expectant waiting for Jesus' arrival. As it should be--a recognition of this in-between space, in which the glimmer of hope breaks into the darkness, and yet the darkness still sometimes seems to be ever-present.

Nearly a year ago, I went out to lunch with a friend. When I returned I learned that a gunman had attacked a school down the road. We all know the horrific story now, and a year later, though the emotions aren't as raw, I'm also not sure that anything that went terribly awry ...

Help from the ElfWhy I oppose the elf on a shelf, and why I was grateful for him this week.

I'm so not an Elf on the Shelf person.

a) it takes me until mid-December to realize that Christmas is coming (thus the elf only arrived at our house two days ago when my husband remembered his existence).

b) I don't do anything crafty or cute or fun or creative with my kids in ...

Looking for Spiritual Encouragement?

I'm a technophobe. In fact, my husband and I suspect that I might be technologically cursed. (Things like little Mac symbols we didn't know still existed–anyone remember the image of a bomb? I still get those . . . or devices shutting down automatically in my presence . . . ...

Happy Tears: Why I Believe in My DaughterWhat would you do if you heard your daughter had run away, hurt a toddler, and scribbled on the wall of the nursery?

I kneel down. Penny and William are both in front of me on the couch. Both look a little puzzled by my tears. I clasp their hands. "Happy tears. Happy tears," I say.

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It is Saturday night. A few hours before my happy tears, Peter and I are sitting in church for a special service ...

Speaking WomenIf you were compiling a list of 101 Christian women speakers, who would be at the top of your list?

I was surprised to see yesterday that my name showed up a list of 101 Christian Women Speakers compiled by Rachel Held Evans. Surprised and, let's be honest, grateful and flattered and a little bit relieved too. And again, in the name of honesty, I am drawing your attention ...

What I'm Tweeting

A few articles from this week that you might enjoy:

A modern image of the typical#AmericanFamily far from Norman Rockwell's#Thanksgiving portrait http://ow.ly/rdxEB #Diversity @angier58

"Should Able-Bodied People Ever Use a#Handicapped Bathroom Stall?" @EllenPDollarhttp://ow.ly/rdyZO#Disability#Accessibility ...

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