Thank you Patheos! (And Continuing the Conversation at Christianity Today)

Thin Places (my blog) is moving from Patheos to Christianity Today. Find out why, what to expect, and the Patheos women I most highly recommend reading. [Read more…]

I Don’t Love Valentine’s Day, and That’s Okay

Three kids plus a not-so-crafty Mom plus 50 classmates equals a lot of work, and a little lesson about love. [Read more…]

The Best Book About Writing Ever (and other great reads)

I’m not sure if it’s really the best ever, but I am LOVING Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. The title is deceptive, as at least so far I’ve just heard (I’m listening on audiobook) Patchett’s series of essays about the craft and experience of writing both her fiction and her [Read More…]

My Questions About the Ethics of Embryo Selection

“…they run the risk of bearing children with a gene that will probably cause a slow and painful death, albeit a death many decades in the future. What should they do?” [Read more…]

7 Thoughts on How to Survive Another Snow Day (and maybe even enjoy it)

1. If even a hint of snow is expected, turn off the ringer on your phone the night before. You do not need to know at 5:02 a.m. that your children will be home all day. You need to keep sleeping. They need to keep sleeping. 2. When you wake up and discover that although [Read More…]

Politics, Down Syndrome, and What I’m Reading

Articles worth reading about missionaries, money, embryo selection, and more… [Read more…]

Did I Come Home in a Box?

Happy Birthday Marilee, and thank you for the reminder that life is a gift. [Read more…]

Peeking Into the Womb

My new post for her.meneutics about the purpose of ultrasounds in the modern age. [Read more…]

What Are Your Anchors?

It took a 5:45 workout to get me back into decent physical shape. And it made me think about what I need to hold me in a place of spiritual health too. [Read more…]

What’s Your Favorite Spiritual Memoir? (and other reading notes)

Some book and article notes in a sec, but first: What’s your favorite spiritual memoir? I’m looking for a good one. I’ve enjoyed Mary Karr, Anne Lamott, Martha Beck, and Kate Braestrup, to give you a sense of what I like. Any other favorites out there? On the bedside table: I abandoned The Sun Also [Read More…]

I Want to Be a Lover, But I Also Want the Special Seat…

What kind of hypocrite am I to go from prayer to yelling at my children in approximately ninety seconds? [Read more…]

Why I’m Grateful for Feminism

Blogger Samantha Field took me to task last week on “throwing feminism under the bus.” Here’s my response. [Read more…]

What I’m Tweeting

No new books for me this week, but here are the articles I tweeted this week that you might enjoy: Family: “If This #Sochi Ad Doesn’t Make You Tear Up, Then Check Your Pulse” #parenting #success MTV’s ‘16 and Pregnant’ helping to reduce #TeenPreganancies? #pregnancy #TeenMom @AnnieLowrey @nytimes  Disability  ‘An #Ethics for the Future of #GeneticTesting‘ @TheAtlantic [Read More…]

My “Successful” Bumbling Writing Journey

Some thoughts on how I got from there to here, with thanks. [Read more…]

Why We Need Paternity Leave

Having Dad take time off makes for a more balanced family life [Read more…]