Games of Moral Relativism

Last night my husband and I watched a few minutes of the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games. As the commentators spoke of the beauty of the Chinese culture on display, the enthusiasm with which the Chinese people had been supporting the idea of hosting the games, and the change and progress that they had seen in China over the seven years since Beijing was selected to host in 2008, I was sort of getting on board, buying in to the excitement. China was represented by a very tall NBA star … [Read more...]

Responsible parenthood sometimes demands the renunciation of procreation

Yesterday there was a discussion at Danielle Bean's blog regarding family planning, or lack thereof. Danielle chimed in today, and she took a rather providential approach to the topic. (For an explanation of providentialism, see Janet Smith's article, The Moral Use of NFP). I generally really like Danielle's writing, and I hate to disagree with her, but I was a bit disturbed by her approach to family planning.She states:It is not selfish for a poor mother of many to remain open to life. It’s h … [Read more...]

“A Chicken in Every Pot” and The Pill on every nightstand

During my last pregnancy, I qualified for excellent, free state medical insurance because of our lower income. My husband is in graduate school for a while. This insurance coverage is part of the state's healthy start program for pregnant women and young kids. I knew the deal was that I’d be dropped like a bad habit at exactly two months postpartum, so I enrolled in a different insurance program that would kick in around that time.As I settled into a happy relationship with my new insurer, I r … [Read more...]

Like Peter

Lately, things have been tough. You may have noted this from my posts, which have included the themes of marital strife and kids climbing out windows. I have been reading a lot, trying to get out of my funk. I have been reading about disciplining children, about organizing the home, and uplifting little statements for mothers. I have been reading homeschool blogs, planning my curriculum, reading about burn out. I have talked and talked about my issues until my husband and friends can't stand to … [Read more...]

Quiet Time

When people ask "how do you do it?" I often forget to tell them about the one sanity preserving secret that I have learned from other homeschooling moms of many. Let me tell you about the joy of quiet time. The idea is that your children do not ever stop observing the afternoon nap time, when they stop sleeping it switches over to time in bed alone. In our house, quiet time follows lunch (or sometimes an after lunch walk/bike ride), and lasts for an hour and a half.During quiet time, PT reads (I … [Read more...]

Monitoring the Situation

Moms, Dads ----- need consumer advice stat---We are an Army family. I am married to a junior officer and we live in government-assigned quarters. This means the homes are "intimate", so I have not needed a baby monitor in order to hear a waking napper. However, we will spend the next month at my folks' house staying in a back carriage house. Thus I need a baby monitor that works well. The range doesn't have to be amazing and I think I will even be ok with one that is plugged into the wall - just … [Read more...]

Who you callin’ stupid?

Charlie (2.5yrs)-- "Mean people are stupid!"Gianna (4 yrs) -- "Charlie, don't say stupid! That's mean!" … [Read more...]

It’s baby time…

Prayers for B-Mama as she has headed over to the hospital to greet sweet baby J! After a bit of prolonged 1st stage labor yesterday, I am praying for B-Mama that labor will continue in high gear this morning and baby J will arrive very soon. I just spoke with B-Mama and the hospital where she planned to deliver is full ;-( They sent her to a neighboring hospital and she was en route with painful contractions when we spoke. I will write with any updates! Let's pray that baby J arrives by … [Read more...]

Big for our britches?

The other day I was at a party, and the man standing behind me whispered something to his wife. "Just ask her!" his wife replied, and the man then asked me, "did you go to Princeton?" Yes, but as the party was in Princeton this was not such an unusual question. "Are you one of the Building Cathedrals writers?" Now, that was exciting. He recognized me (and my name) from my picture. Now, here I was standing with someone whom I had never met before talking about Building Cathedrals. It is amazing … [Read more...]

Why you should read the Omnivore’s Dilemma:

* I just finished, and I'd like to discuss with all our readers :-)* The book is very informative, but not clinical. It is engaging and written to the layperson.* You will increase your vocabulary by reading just one chapter. The author, Michael Pollan, is an amazing writer, and witty and funny. I have never laughed so hard at someone describing their experience eating a McDonald's meal.* Pollan gives you a very clear picture of where the food on your dinner table is coming from. He studies … [Read more...]