“Congrats on the book. What can I do to help?”

I am incredibly lucky to have supportive friends, family, and writing colleagues who rejoiced with me as my book No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction was officially released last Tuesday. A number of people have asked what they can do to help spread the word [Read More...]

Patheos Peeps: Nadia Bolz-Weber on an Embodied Faith

I’m starting a new Friday tradition of linking to a post from one of my fellow bloggers on Patheos (“Patheos Peeps” is the name of the Facebook group we recently started). Blogging for Patheos has thus far been a blogger’s dream. I get personal and technological support from being on a team of writers on [Read More...]

Women and Children First

Nick Kristof wrote last weekend about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy statement on “toxic stress” as a precursor to all sorts of physical and psychological ailments. When infants and young children are subjected to stressors, including abuse and neglect, and when they don’t receive adequate parental love as an antidote to that stress, [Read More...]

I Never Did Like Group Projects…

Group projects. Does anyone (besides teachers) actually like them? I hated group projects when I was in school. I hated scheduling my work around other people’s schedules, relying on people who could not always be relied upon, and having to let go of some interesting angle on a topic because no one else shared my [Read More...]

Today’s the Day

January 17, 2012. The day my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, is officially released. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the ten-year journey that led from living through the decisions Daniel and I made about having children in light of my having a [Read More...]

Family Portrait: September 29, 2003

*This is an excerpt from the introduction to my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, which will be released next Tuesday, January 17, by Westminster John Knox Press.* We have been in the emergency room (ER) for several hours and have reached that point [Read More...]

What My Dog is Teaching Me About Grace

Eddie's many fears include all beeping mechanical things, including cameras. This photo, taken by his foster mom before he was ours, is the best photo I have of him.

These first two months with our rescue dog, Eddie, have taught me more about grace, about unconditional love and acceptance of others as they are, than even twelve years of being a mother to three children. I’m a little embarrassed to write that, and surprised that it is true. I’ve always struggled a bit with [Read More...]

Reproductive Tourism Lays Bare the Fertility Industry’s Market Orientation

A reader sent me a link to a Slate article about the burgeoning practice of reproductive or fertility “tourism.” This is an increasingly common practice by which infertile people from one country access fertility services in another country, often for economic reasons, but also for regulatory reasons. For example, people from relatively wealthy Western nations [Read More...]