The Sacrament of Childbirth

I was shocked by how similar childbirth was to watching my father-in-law die. There is the pacing, the patience, the impatience, the watching for signs of death—or life. The living room transforms into a tunnel where the outside world is fuzzy and out of focus and inside, all senses are heightened. As the time for […]

Learning Leads to Action

After weeks of temperate weather, we woke up the morning of Martin Luther King, Jr day to snow and temperatures well below freezing. I debated canceling our plans to attend the march. It seemed like a lot of effort to bundle up my two girls, find parking, stand in the cold, and march for four […]

Grown Ups Need Timeouts Too

Recently, a friend of mine posted a verse on Instagram. Psalm 84:5-7, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you … they go from strength to strength.” It’s a perfectly lovely verse, but as I read it, the words that came out of my mouth were an accusation. “That’s not true,” I muttered. And I […]

Pumpkin Patch and Pregnancy Loss

By Liz Mannegren | Twitter:@LizMannegren [ Trigger warning:⚠️ Miscarriage and still birth.] As we wade through mud, the soggy earth squelches over the toes of my pink boots and sucks at the rubber soles. Corn ripens in the nearby maze, and the smell of hay and manure mingle with the fresh October air. I breathe in […]

Permission Granted: Speak Life and Love

By Sue Donaldson | Twitter: @welcomeheart As I prepared to attend my daughter’s Mother-Daughter Sorority weekend, I received this warning text: “Mom, just so you know, it will be an eclectic group of moms–The High-heeled Wine- drinking Mom. The Atheist Hippie Mom. The Homey Mom. The Divorced Psychologist Grieving Mom …” “No worries,” I replied. “I […]