March 2013

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Trying to Explain Easter to My ChildrenI don't know how to explain Easter to my children, but perhaps that because it's a mystery I'm still trying to figure out myself.

I don't know how to explain Easter to my children. I've tried two approaches so far. I've talked about it directly: "Some people killed Jesus and he died and God made him alive again."

When I said that, William asked, "What does died mean?" I tried to explain death as something ...

Where Did You Grow Up?How growing up in Edenton, NC has shaped me...

We've finally moved. Four times in the past year. Six times in the past three years. But we are finally living in the place that we hope we will call home for years and years to come. It is a beautiful old New England home, with rumors of a basement used for the underground ...

Legislation or Education? The Politics of Abortion and Prenatal Testing (and my interview with Time.com)In an interview with Bonnie Rochman of TIME, I discuss the problems with outlawing selective abortion and the possibilities for educating doctors, women, and families about prenatal testing and disability.

Bonnie Rochman, writing for Time.com earlier this week, reports on a new bill before the Governor of North Dakota which would ban abortion based on sex selection or fetal abnormalities after six weeks:

The fetal abnormalities bill would ban abortion due to "any defect, ...
What I Would Say to That Scared Woman Who Just Had a Baby With Down Syndrome..."You think Down syndrome means tragedy, and people will compare your experience to that of losing a child in a car accident or to cancer or some other horrible fate. And though you will experience a sense of loss, you will realize eventually that you have lost a hypothetical child, and that the child right in front of you, this child, with her sparkling eyes and crooked teeth and warm soft hand, this child is a blessing."

Seven years ago, on December 30th, our firstborn daughter came into the world. It was an easy delivery—a little early, but not premature, no signs of distress or trouble, just a shock of black hair and a puffy face, and eyes the color of the sea on a cloudy day. But two hours ...

On World Down Syndrome Day, What Penny Has Given Me"Penny is the beloved one who loves in return."

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, I was asked to write a short post for Not Alone, a website and blog that aims to support and encourage parents of children with special needs. My post appears alongside three other mothers of children with Down syndrome, as all of us reflect ...

A Complete Family: How I Ended Up with Two Children with Down SyndromeOne mother's story of having two children with Down syndrome in Monterrey, Mexico: "Sometimes things do not happen the way we want. Sometimes it happens better."

My name is Alicia Llanas, I'm 29, and I live in Monterrey, México with my husband and two kids, Elías (8) and Eva (5) both with Down syndrome.

I had a smooth pregnancy and it was a surprise finding out our newborn had Down syndrome. We were not angry at God, and we didn't ask ...

Life with Down Syndrome in ZambiaAn interview with a mother of a child with Down syndrome in Zambia in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

In honor of World Down syndrome Day this Thursday, I am running a series of guest posts from around the world to describe what it is like to have Down syndrome in various places. Yesterday's post reflected on life in Poland. Today we hear from a mother in Zambia, who was interviewed ...

Living in Poland with Down Syndrome, the Story of an ArtistThe beauty of an artist with Down syndrome, a guest post by Joanna Puciata, in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated this Thursday, March 21st (3/21 because Down syndrome occurs as the result of the presence of 3 copies of chromosome 21), I will be running a series of guest posts and interviews with people from around the globe who have family ...

Two-Headed Baby Born in Brazil (Guest Post by Margot Starbuck)"Throughout the gospels, Jesus not only does not retreat from those his culture considered other, he beelines toward them!" Author Margot Starbuck challenges us to consider following Jesus by embracing the "other..."

"Though something in my gut told me not to click on the headline, curiosity trumped virtue. I have always been wildly curious about multiple births and other birthing anomalies, and the headline promising a two-headed baby could simply not be ignored. With a single click I was ...

Missing Out on Beautiful: A Reflection on Down Syndrome, Life, and LoveHow can I put into words the beauty I see when I look at my daughter?

In the seven years since my daughter was born, we've taken thousands of photographs. At various points along the way, we've even involved professionals. But it is rare that the professionals capture what I see when I look at her – the bright expression of delight and interest, ...

What Are You Teaching Your Children About Food? A Guest Post from Rachel Marie Stone"I felt I was receiving conflicting messages: the first being that my baby’s well-being was entirely dependent upon my eating and exercise; the second, that my body was mine, and that I should take measures to keep it that way, or at least, to conceal its pregnancy-inflicted flaws."

My husband and I sat across from one another at our small table, eating lunch. He ate his salmon-and-mayo on crisp sourdough bread while I picked at tiny piles of salmon atop a few unremarkable crackers.

Tim stopped, noticing that, once again, I wasn't really eating.

"Rachel, ...

Worth Reading: Boys and Dolls, Down Syndrome, and Who Is the Mom?

A few posts and articles from the past few weeks that are worth passing along:

God Made Boys to Play with Dolls by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeinera, Caryn offers a wonderful defense of boys playing with dolls and links it to the God who loves us as a father.

Another great piece by ...

What Does Food Have to do with Prenatal Testing?The first review of my ebook (plus a giveaway), What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing

Rachel Marie Stone, author of the newly released Eat With Joy (Intervarsity Press), has reviewed my new ebook What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing. She writes:

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing deserves to be read widely and carefully for ...
We're MovingWhat's happening on my blog for the month of March: guest posts, World Down syndrome Day, interviews, and a ministry of absence.

A long time ago, a youth leader of mine talked to me about the "ministry of absence." He was thinking about the way youth ministers tended to think they needed to be involved in every aspect of kids' lives. But he remembered being at camp and watching a married couple walk away ...

Better Prenatal Testing Means More Abortion by Mark LeachLower termination rates still mean more Down syndrome abortions. A guest post by Mark Leach in response to my article in The Atlantic last week.

Last week, Amy Julia had a column featured in The Atlantic discussing the advances made in prenatal testing for Down syndrome. Her editor titled it, "Better prenatal testing does not mean more abortion." The headline can be excused. It is a misunderstanding that ...

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