My new bumper sticker!

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Just a quick post! Lots to do. I just wanted to say:1. Mary's Shelter is amazing, and the soiree was fantastic.2. The Catholic and pro-life communities of Fredericksburg, Va are amazing and fantastic.3. I have a new bumper sticker.    Of course, my motives are not entirely pure. I'm working, little by little, on covering up . . . whatever this is:   On the plus side, I have never ever been in a parking lot … [Read more...]

The Case for Siblings: Why Having a Baby Is Good for Your Other Kids

[This post originally ran at Faith and Family Live in 2010, when I was pregnant with #8. I'm on my way to Virginia for the Summer Soiree at Mary's Shelter! If you have a prayer to spare, maybe send up one that my ears don't get too plugged up on the plane? It's hard to talk into a microphone when your ears are plugged up! Usually I take Sudafed, but this is a no go for this stage of the pregnancy. And also please pray that I don't cry on stage for any reason. I don't even know why I would, but p … [Read more...]

At the Register: Ten things I learned the hard way about sending kids to school

 10. You're not going to get an ideal education in a brick and mortar school. You're also not going to get an ideal education by home schooling, or by unschooling, or by semi schooling, or co-schooling, or private schooling, or charter schooling, or attending-all-the-conferences-and-working-yourself-into-a-damp-spot-on-the-carpet schooling. Some schools are better than others, but since we are dealing with finite time and human nature, there will always be gaps. Expect this, fill in w … [Read more...]

I have a job for you, baby.

baby hand

 Not the little guy who just kicked me for the first time, that I could feel, just yesterday (yay!). I mean the other one, the one I lost. I wrote about how hard it was not to have a body to bury. You want to be able to take care of your children with your own hands, but I couldn't do that, and it hurt.Now, as the months have gone by and the pain of loss has receded, I still find myself bewildered about what to do with the baby's soul.When I found out I was pregnant last time, I … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Culture of Blechh

stop-vomiting

What kind of person responds to someone's joy with an agenda? I don't even care if you're right or wrong: that's dehumanizing (and last I heard, most people on both ends of the political spectrum are generally opposed to dehumanization). You've heard of the Culture of Death, which teaches people to sneer in disgust at the good, the true, and the beautiful. What we have here is its sad sack cousin, the Culture of Blechh, which teaches people to turn every occasion, whether happy or sad, into a bas … [Read more...]

My dream self is a raging jerk.

canned-peach

 A reader had this dream about me last night: You had some sort of Catholic women's gathering at your house, and women from all over were coming. When we got there, there was a sign on the porch that said, "This ain't no Edel gathering." We went in and on some tables was the food. You said, "I'm pregnant and I like peanut butter and I like sausage. So you can make yourself a peanut butter sandwich, or a sausage sandwich or a peanut butter and sausage sandwich." There was a large can of … [Read more...]

Fine, I’m pregnant!

12 weeks

See?  Too tired and gassy to come up with any announcement more adorable or original than this, but everything is looking good so far.  God willing, Fishie #10 is due in late Feb./early March.  Hooray! … [Read more...]


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