November 2012

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The Book I'm Giving Away This Christmas (an excerpt from Karen Swallow Prior's Booked)An excerpt (and book giveaway) with thoughts on disability, poetry, and faith from Karen Swallow Prior's gorgeous new memoir, Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.

Spoiler alert for all my friends who were English majors in college: I'm buying you Karen Swallow Prior's Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me for Christmas this year. Karen is a fellow contributor to her.meneutics, the Christianity Today women's blog, and she is also the head ...

Worth Reading: On Parenting, TV, and Learning

I've written before about my recent experience in a parenting class based on Positive Discipline (rather than authoritative or permissive parenting). Apparently, this approach is really beneficial for kids with special needs. To read more, go to Parenting Style Has Big Impact ...

Is Down Syndrome Abnormal?I don’t want to change the words, but rather tell a story that might contribute to changing the culture.

ab·nor·mal [ab-nawr-muhl]

adjective

1. not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard.

A friend of mine recently edited my forthcoming ebook (What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing, Patheos Press) to help ensure medical accuracy, and he suggested ...

She is Patient, and Brave, and Kind, and I Am GratefulLearning something about contentment from my daughter...

I had a bad dream last week. Or maybe I was half-awake in the middle of the night, thinking about what lay ahead. All I know is that at two in the morning, for the first time, I was worried about Penny's upcoming surgery.

I shouldn't have been. It was the fifth time she would ...

The Perfect Christmas Gift?Looking for an inexpensive but meaningful holiday gift?

Last week, I received the exciting news that A Good and Perfect Gift will be (someday–I'll keep you posted on when...) turned into an audiobook on Audible.

Also last week, a friend posted on Facebook, "When I teach I feel His pleasure." He was referencing Eric Liddell, the Olympic ...

Bus People, Flesh Colored Crayons, and Privilege: Some Thoughts on Race and Adoption (plus a book giveaway)In commemoration on National Adoption Month, one mother reflects upon raising her daughter by adoption, who has brown skin, in the midst of a her siblings with white skin.

This guest post was written by my friend and colleague Jennifer Grant in commemoration of National Adoption Month. 

Huddled on the bleachers with other parents, thoughts dart around in my mind. What inning is this? Why didn't I bring gloves? Could I be getting frostbite through ...

Help! I’m Getting a New Website

It's been a season of change. New house. New job for my husband. New schools for our kids. New friends. New computer. There's a list of other things that need to become new—my driver's license, for instance. We all need a new dentist. The car still needs a new not-rusty door. ...

How a trip to Arkansas made me miss my messy lifeI’m incredibly grateful for the break. And incredibly grateful to return to my messy, inefficient, bordering-on-chaotic, life of love.

came out in September of 2011, and I embarked on a year of promotional interviews and speaking gigs from Virginia to Washington D.C. to North Carolina to New York City to Michigan to Chicago, and to various local venues in New Jersey and Connecticut. But this year, given our ...

Perfectly Human: My Perfect Life by Nancy Jo SullivanOne mother reflects on the pirfectly imperfect life of her daughter, Sara, who had Down syndrome. (Plus a book giveaway)

**Leave a comment on this post for the chance to win a copy of Nancy Jo Sullivan's new book, Small Mercies. I will announce the winner on Monday, November 26th.

What does a perfect life look like?

When I ponder this question, thoughts of Sarah come to mind.

She was ...

Learning How to Love My Kids, Again (or why I'm thankful for Veteran's day even though it means another day off of school)The morning started badly, but we're working it out as a family, I hope...

Our day started at 5:50, with William by my bedside. "Mommy, the only thing that will make me happy is if you give me a movie right now."

I squeezed my eyes shut. "William, is it six o'clock yet?"

"No. It was taking too long."

William knows two things: he is supposed to stay in ...

Perfectly Human: One Wonderful Life by Lisa WoolseyWith global developmental delays, you might expect Nora to be described as disabled. Her mother gives us all reason to describe Nora as wise and compassionate beyond her years...

My husband and I live in Michigan with our two children, Joshua (7) and Eleanor "Nora" (6).  When our son was born everything was perfect. I loved reading the "What to Expect in the First Year" book because Joshua met and exceeded every milestone. He talked early, walked early, ...

What I Will Teach My Children About Our PresidentMy kids don't know much about our president, and I'm glad they don't have to.

Yesterday, I tried to talk to my kids about the election.

William, who is four, was setting out a game based on Richard Scarry's Busytown. "So, William, do you know there's an election tomorrow?"

He shook his head.

"Do you know who our President is?"

"Obama," he said, without looking ...

The Candidate All Parents Should Vote For...What it would take to win the vote of all parents in 2016...

William woke up at 4:47 on Sunday morning, even though we kept them up late Saturday night (watching Peter Pan) in an attempt to beat the Daylight Savings beast at its own game. Marilee has been crying in the 5:00 or 5:30 range the past three mornings. Penny has made the transition ...

Halloween and HurricanesIn the past, I have said that Halloween is wasteful. I would still say that it is frivolous. But this year has made me grateful for frivolity, for the safety and comfort that allows families and communities to gather together and dress up and take pictures and giggle and eat candy.

I grew up in a household where every holiday deserved attention. Valentine's Day involved red heart-shaped ornaments with photos of me and my three sisters inside. At Thanksgiving, my mother brought out the stuffed pilgrims she had made by hand and the drawings we had done in ...

Worth Reading: On Halloween, Daily Choices, and Genetic Testing

Lovely post by Micah Boyett on remembering the saints: Jesus in Real Life: Halloween and Death and Celebrating the Saints

And a really thought-provoking and encouraging essay about the way our very small and daily choices make a profound difference in our lives, read Kate Harris' ...

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