The Repulsive Truth

My daughter and I were on our way to the store when she said something like, "When I grow up, I'm only going to have one child.""Why only one?" I asked."I just think it would be easier."I have to admit that at first pass, I was a tiny bit worried about my daughter's life plan, not the number of kids, but the "easier" part. I feared she was developing the dreaded "contraceptive mentality" that fears hardship of any kind but especially that which comes in the shape of children. I … [Read more...]

Strength for loving

Beside me this morning is a child at the breakfast table vigorously chewing a Fuji apple and explaining to me the mutative abilities of a small vehicle based on the particular placement of a certain lego brick. Sometimes the vehicle is a plow, sometimes a combine, depending on whether that brick is before it, behind it, or occasionally, totally removed. He is absolutely enthralled by the powers of his own creation, as he sends the vehicle making tracks through a mungy brown field of mixed up … [Read more...]

I don’t trust the weather.

It's April, and in Indiana there is not a spot of green on any tree in sight. I'm guessing that any minute now, Spring is going to come on hard and fast, and then it will be over in the blink of an eye like a virgin's wedding night. Of course last year, Spring was precocious and that worried me too.Here's a post I wrote at about this time last year, just for kicks: * Nine a.m., and I was walking around the dew-shot yard in my pajamas, with bed-head, a cup of coffee in one hand and an … [Read more...]

Why I am Catholic, because… Life!… in Abundance!

I came across an old home movie recently, of a picnic with my siblings and cousins when we were all on the cusp of adulthood. My sister and her fiance were manifesting their first timid acts of public affection, the rest of us were clowning around. Since that day, about twenty years ago, we have all married and had children, so that now, between all of us, there are roughly thirty new people in existence. The oldest of our children is just ready to start college. It boggles my mind … [Read more...]

My Berry Favorites

I'm linking up to Moxie Wife's five favorites¬† today.I've felt join-y lately. I want to be where the party is. So here are five things I really like: 1.I call this picture "Afternoon Delight." I don't know which part of it is my favorite part:Frozen blueberries on Greek yogurt, which is my current favorite snack. I eat really big bowls of it. And it's cold, so you have to eat it slow, which is good, because by the time I'm done eating it, I feel like I've … [Read more...]

Caught Stealing

I caught my kids stealing last night. One of them turned up with two fifty cent pieces--and we never have fifty cent pieces circulating around here, so I assumed they came from elsewhere--maybe a friend from school.One of the other kids said that the first had stolen the pieces from him. But where did he get them? Turns out, he got them from a third child, who'd offered to trade the coins he "found in Mom's drawer" (antique ones, at that) for some Legos. Three kids, each with their hands in … [Read more...]

Friendship shared in letters: a review of Love and Salt

 Maybe fifty years ago, two young women could meet each other at school or a party, and rest assured that they shared some commonality of belief. In today's post-Christian American culture, those same young women would guard their belief¬†like a neurosis, waiting for the moment when it would have to be revealed, probably in a piece of writing or a late night heart to heart, that they were one of those "God people." Such was the case for Amy Andrews and Jessica Mesman Griffith, who … [Read more...]