Wonder Mother

Last night at 2 A.M. the storm sirens went off. I shook my husband awake to look at the news, and went upstairs to bring down the kids. The last thing I'd read before falling asleep earlier in the night, was a Smithsonian article about a Russian family who'd survived for forty years in the Taiga without encountering another human being. They'd fled their home due to religious persecution, taking seeds, a loom, and a spinning wheel. As supplies ran out, they became more and more … [Read more...]

Pop Music isn’t what it used to be

 My daughter received a three disk CD of the complete works of Raffi for Christmas-- hours and hours of happy, multi-cultural sing-along-songs. She puts them in the CD player and pulls a chair up to the speakers, gazing into the digital clock-face of the machine, waiting for the next Raffi song to come out. She sings along: "I have a little dreidel, I made it out of clay…and when it's dry and ready, my dreidel I will play." She listens to "Willoughby, wallaby wanya… an elephant sat o … [Read more...]

Baby Notes: thoughts on recently having a baby

*Everyone around here is tired of me being the patient. It's time to get up, get dressed, start doing something besides making goo-goo eyes at this Little Heavy.I love how after a newborn has just eaten, you can pick her up under the arms, and she hangs there like a loaf of bread dough with her mouth relaxed into a lackadaisical half-smile. Weirdly, this was the thing I most looked forward to while she was still cooking. *The phlebotomist on staff at the hospital … [Read more...]

Quick Takes

Today seems like a good day to take part in that wonderful Friday Tradition hosted at Conversion Diary--quick takes.1. Being that the Midwest was overtaken by a terrible blizzard this week, we haven't left the house much. I say terrible, but...it was about seven inches of snow, that blew and drifted until it all piled up right behind my car, where it will remain until I have to race to the hospital to deliver a baby.2. Fortunately, the kids have about ten million new lego pieces to … [Read more...]

Looking for signs of God (in all the wrong places)

According to the Mayan calendar, this should be my last blog post. Doomsday prep-ers must be satisfied with the ominous weather we've had, the howling wind, recent hurricanes. And if anyone were looking for cultural signs of apocalypse, well, the culture has put out. For my own part, I spent last night in the hospital with complications from flu and asthma-- asthma being one of the many maladies I only experience when pregnant. I had an acute asthma attack--found myself for a few … [Read more...]

What does help for moms look like?

My husband has traveled for work since the earliest days of our marriage. On a good week, he might only have one overnight. On less good occasions, he's gone for two weeks at a time. In the earlier days, when he came home from a trip, there was always a struggle with reentry. I was ready to sit down and take a load off--he was too--and we miscommunicated about who was "on" for the kids.At times, it seemed more difficult when he was home than when he was away, because when he was home, I was … [Read more...]

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Chris Haw’s journey from Catholicism to the Evangelical Church and Back Again

It's been my very good luck to read some excellent books lately for the Patheos book club. One of my favorites so far has been Chris Haw's "From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling my love for Catholicism." Even before I had finished reading, I had a list of at least ten people to whom I wanted to pass on this book. I have many friends and family who are Evangelical, and at times have felt we were speaking past each other when engaging the topic of religion."You need to purify your … [Read more...]