January 2014

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Peeking Into the WombMy new post for her.meneutics about the purpose of ultrasounds in the modern age.

When I was 20 weeks pregnant with our first child, I chatted with a friend about our upcoming ultrasound. "We find out whether we're having a boy or a girl tomorrow," I said.

She nodded with a slight smile, and responded, "And you find out if your baby ...

What Are Your Anchors?It took a 5:45 workout to get me back into decent physical shape. And it made me think about what I need to hold me in a place of spiritual health too.

I started going to boot camp last April. I don't really know what got into me. Perhaps I was overwhelmed by the five or so pounds I had gained over the winter. Or inspired by the women I knew who went there and felt better and got stronger and enjoyed their time together. ...

What's Your Favorite Spiritual Memoir? (and other reading notes)

Some book and article notes in a sec, but first: What's your favorite spiritual memoir? I'm looking for a good one. I've enjoyed Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, Martha Beck, and Kate Braestrup, to give you a sense of what I like. Any other favorites out there?

On the bedside table: I ...

I Want to Be a Lover, But I Also Want the Special Seat...What kind of hypocrite am I to go from prayer to yelling at my children in approximately ninety seconds?

Getting into the car this morning looked something like this:

"Mom! William won't let me sit in the special seat!" Penny yells, eyes wide with shock at the injustice of it all. Penny sat in the special seat yesterday. She knows it is William's turn.

William runs past her, and ...

Why I'm Grateful for FeminismBlogger Samantha Field took me to task last week on "throwing feminism under the bus." Here's my response.

I wrote about paternity leave last week for her.meneutics, and I tried to make three points in that essay: that paternity leave is good for families, that we should thank feminism for the advances towards paternity leave, and that the church has an opportunity, through proactive ...

What I'm Tweeting

No new books for me this week, but here are the articles I tweeted this week that you might enjoy:

Family:

"If This #Sochi Ad Doesn't Make You Tear Up, Then Check Your Pulse" http://ow.ly/so1u9 #parenting #success http://ow.ly/i/4euvC

MTV's ‘16 and Pregnant' helping to reduce #TeenPreganancies?ow.ly/szeaD #pregnancy #TeenMom @AnnieLowrey @nytimes

My "Successful" Bumbling Writing JourneySome thoughts on how I got from there to here, with thanks.

I am reading a wonderful manuscript of a book that I hope will find a publisher one day. It's a memoir that includes a child with a disability and a spiritual journey and many hopes and fears and dreams and some very lovely writing. Despite its many strengths, it may well be ...

Why We Need Paternity LeaveHaving Dad take time off makes for a more balanced family life

This morning, I left the house early to work out. My husband Peter arose with the kids—Penny, age 8, William, 5, and Marilee, almost 3. I returned to find them in various forms of protest, insisting I make their breakfast even though their dad is equally capable of slicing banana ...

Why Does Our Culture Celebrate Down Syndrome?Why, at a time when more and more fetuses with Down syndrome are aborted, are we celebrating the lives of the children and adults growing up in our midst?

In an article for the Catholic World Report, Leslie Fain writes:

In the last two or three years, at high schools from Florida to Illinois, students have been forsaking quarterbacks and cheerleading captains and electing teenagers with Down syndrome to be homecoming kings and ...
What I'm Reading and TweetingWhat's the most interesting thing you've read this week?

A few nights back, we thought all the kids were asleep, only to discover Penny under our covers, reading Love and Salt: A Spiritual Friendship through Letters, written back and forth over the years by Amy Andrews and Jessica Griffith. "This is a cool book," she told me. And ...

What Being a Parent Has Taught Me About GodAn ad for the Olympics, family devotions, and parental mistakes have all brought me closer to understanding God's love for us.

We usually have a time for "family devotions" (or bevotions, as Marilee likes to call them) on Saturday mornings. But we missed that time of prayer and singing and Bible reading as a family last weekend, so our kids suggested we convene last night. We've taken ...

My New Year's Epiphany"What makes you anxious? Where is God in that anxiety? How could your anxiety be transformed into peace?"

Coming back into this week, making the transition from parties and lazy mornings and finishing up my book and letting the mail and email pile up, I panicked. Peter and I ended the vacation with two days away together, and on Saturday night I surveyed the state of my desk and ...

Book Update and What I'm Reading and TweetingI've submitted my manuscript of Small Talk (hooray!) and here are some books and articles about faith and disability that might be of interest...

First of all, could someone please remind me that I should never try to submit a manuscript for a new book on January 3? I'm pretty sure my deadline for A Good and Perfect Gift was December 30th, 2010, and then I went and agreed to submit Small Talk today. The bad news is I ...

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