The Teenage Pregnancy Question

I have a serious question for the women and men of America: if your daughter got pregnant at 17, would she tell you? I think that this is a huge test of a parent/child relationship, and on this particular front Sarah Palin passed. Her daughter came to her, told her the truth, and asked for and received her support. Elizabeth Foss has a great post on the subject. As American Christians, it can be hard for us to see imperfection. We hang on to the idea that if someone else has "done it right," … [Read more...]

Blogging much?

So, I swear, this is not a put-up job. I came upon my 3.5 yr. old daughter singing this made-up song to her little brother in the backyard.Testament to how much of a presence the Building Cathedrals site has become in our little household... … [Read more...]

Hair Dye: Foxy or Frivolous

As part of my musings during my recent “quarter-life crisis”, I’ve been thinking about hair dye. I’m joking about the quarter-life crisis—it’s no crisis at all, but a renewed desire to feel good about my physical appearance after several years of non-stop nursing and/or pregnancy. But the hair dye question is no joke. I figure I’m a couple years from starting to notice glistening grey strands, so it’s time to make some decisions.For the gentlemen, hair dye is a no-go. Men look dignified as they g … [Read more...]

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying the last of summer, we will have a day by the pool and then start school tomorrow! It has been a busy and exciting summer of moving and living and yard work, and we are thankful. I love fall!Today please join me in prayers for my friend Sue, her baby is due tomorrow, but maybe today will be her labor day! Sue, may your labor be safe, short and soon! … [Read more...]

Take the Gloves Off, Boys

(New York Times photo of Governor Sarah Palin sitting on a bear skin)Last night I had dinner with an old friend who is a very active Democrat. He has worked in politics, both on the Hill and as a volunteer for a number of campaigns, including Obama. He is very enthusiastic about the ticket he will vote for in November. We are friends, and there is an awful lot we can agree on, but I was surprised by two things:First, I was surprised by how quickly my saying I was excited about Palin's nomination … [Read more...]

McCain chooses Palin

I've written about her before, here.A mother of 5 children, pro-life, and pro-family, she seems to be everything Nancy Pelosi isn't. But how can you be the vice-president of the US with a baby in tow?I'd love to hear your thoughts... … [Read more...]

Earning My Stripes–Part II

In the spirit of Juris Mater's post about her afternoon outing to the bank with children, I have another tale to tell; another piece of documentation about motherhood. Will it win me "Mother of the Year"? I highly doubt it. But will it add to the growing layers of my motherly identity? You betcha. :)Just this past week my family has been at the beach, enjoying a final summer getaway before the school year begins. They live hundreds of miles away in the midwest, so this week has been a … [Read more...]

How we handle little Legos…A follow-up to the paper clutter conversation

Well my friends, if you have children that are old enough to play with little Legos, then you have probably experienced a phenomenon of a "Lego explosion" :) This phenomenon involves a central location where most of the little Legos are kept, probably a little boy's room or a playroom, but - and this is the part that has mothers everywhere shaking their heads in confusion - it also involves the entire scope of the rest of the house, including the baby's room, the kitchen, and every little nook … [Read more...]

How we handle Paper

Erin wrote:Our biggest problem area is paper-- mail, bills, cards, owners manuals, newspapers, interesting magazine articles, letters, shopping lists, coupons, receipts we think we might need but really never will... all this paper seems to take over our kitchen and family room and drive me crazy. Any tips for controlling the paper frenzy?My father in law has a saying "you take your mail, and you deal with it" -- what that meant to the young adults who had come back to the nest after college was … [Read more...]

A Middle Ground

One of our readers saw the article, "Strife over shots, should our kids play together?" on the front page of msnbc. This article follows another similar article, "Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry." According to the first piece, the vaccine issue is now causing such heated emotions and debates that some playgroups are asking unvaccinated children to leave the group. The second article provides a bit more background information and a nice overview of the debate.The vaccine topic … [Read more...]