Learning to be Parents: The Challenge of Community in a World of Social Isolation

And so, I wrapped that baby up tight, gave him a pacifier and started swaying and shooshing until he calmed down. My niece and nephew were amazed and asked me tell them again what the 4 S’s were again. [Read more…]

Growing Pains: The Challenge of Raising Children Who Think for Themselves

I made myself breathe deep. I made myself just listen. I reminded myself that I am not a failure, that she is sixteen, and that the cultural definition of Christianity is really hard to challenge. [Read more…]

An Adventure in Cartography: Approaching College Visits as a Pair of Explorers

Place matters, and different places feel right to different people for a variety of reasons. [Read more…]

A Prayer for Mothers

In the beginning was the Word

and the Word was with God

and the Word was God

and She was known as Sophia. [Read more…]

How Honoring Self Makes One a Better Mother

Jesus said that there is no greater commandment than to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. (Mk 12:31) Sometimes, the hardest part of this lesson is to love ourselves. For mothers, in a culture that demands self-sacrifice and putting the needs of our children before our own, this can be even more difficult. Sometimes, loving ourselves requires deeper self-knowledge and self-care than our culture recommends or even understands.

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Connecting the Dots Between Wild Violets, Fracking, and Homelessness

It’s springtime in North Carolina. Between the redbuds, dogwoods, azaleas, wisteria, lily of the valley, and the wild violets – my yard is a riot of color. This is the time of year when my girls and I gather wild violets and make violet jelly to enjoy with our tea and scones and when we [Read More…]

Contemplating College Admissions

My husband and I took our daughter on her first college visit last week. We were on spring break and for once, I was able to take the week off with my family (thank you sabbatical!!!!). There’s a great small college near where we were staying and we decided to drop in and check it [Read More…]

Do I Have To Go to Church?

With a teenage daughter in the house, I seem to get this question much more frequently on Sunday mornings than I used to. Especially since the nine-year old, who follows her sister’s lead in everything, has began to sing this refrain as well. I grew up as a “PK” or a “preacher’s kid.” This was [Read More…]