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 […]

The Cost of Getting Proximate

Bryan Stevenson changed my life. Last year, his book, Just Mercy, crushed the last of my illusions about justice in the United States. A few months after reading it—sleep deprived with a 12-day-old newborn—I drove to hear Stevenson speak in the auditorium of a nearby university. I nursed my infant with one arm and scribbled […]

Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World + GIVEAWAY

This past April I celebrated 48 years of adopted living. In July we celebrated with our children 12 years of adopted family life. Adoption bookends my experience of family, both as daughter and as mother. Several years ago I noticed how more people were writing about adoption, but I didn’t recognize my experience in their words. […]

Accept the Stillness

By: Elena Delhagen | Twitter: @ell_del My only child, a brown-eyed boy with lashes like feathers and wisps of curls atop his head, is just over nine months old. He is my joy and my delight, and our days are filled with wonder as he explores and adventures and discovers the world around him. After […]

Holding the Space

As with all painful seasons that take us by surprise, there were some overwhelmingly beautiful aspects of my time in Chile; but the first year, in particular, was the darkest of my life. It was a year that stripped me of my assumptions about God and my faith in humankind. It nearly swallowed me whole. […]