We were loved right to the end

These are the days when I sit down for morning prayers at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. These are the days when ritual and liturgy shape my life but sometimes the rituals are breakfast preparation, bathing tinies, and getting dressed, and the liturgy is in the retelling of “The Three Little Pigs” or the 30th […]

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It’s Palm Sunday, I remembered only this morning. This season of Lent has passed me by, seasons do that sometimes. My baby girl is three weeks old today and so we did what we do, we took her to church. By the time we dashed into the school gym through the pouring rain, everyone dressed with their teeth […]

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Lace Curtains

  The windows are wide open in the house right now. Spring is dancing back and forth, two steps forward one step back. The tree in our front yard suddenly burst into bloom while we slept last night. We woke up this morning and it was heavy with thick white blossoms after days and days […]

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Dangerous Women

Two of my dearest friends, Kelley Nikondeha and Idelette McVicker, are leading the SheLoves Magazine community into a new season: Dangerous Women. I know, right? I love it. When they first shared their vision for Dangerous Women with me, I nearly leaped out of my skin. They have been talking about it for weeks and […]

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Here we are again

Here we are again. At the hospital, the pretty young nurse with false eyelashes tells me solemnly that they don’t really recommend swaddling for babies anymore – “we like for them to self-soothe,” she says. That’s nice, I say. And I go on swaddling my babies, carefully, safely, lightly, but still: I know how babies like […]

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Introducing Margaret Love!

Introducing our pearl, our gift of God, our Margaret Love! On Sunday morning, I got up with the tinies to let Brian sleep in a bit before church. It was International Women’s Day and I decided that instead of laying around feeling sorry for myself because I was nine – NINE! – days overdue, I […]

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Homemade Mat Leave, or On Choosing to be Unproductive

Well, I’m days(ish) away from welcoming our new baby. With each of my babies, I’ve enjoyed and deeply appreciated a year of maternity leave from my places of employment. Of course now that I’m a self-employed writer/blogger/whatever this is, no one is giving me 50 weeks of mat leave at the moment. Womp womp. But after […]

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