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 […]

Rising from the Ashes of Racism: A Lament and a Hope

“How is kindergarten?” my aunt asks me. “Good,” I reply. “How many other Chinese kids are in your class?” she continues. I shrug my shoulders. “I don’t know.” It hadn’t occurred to me to pay attention to such things. My friends were in my class and that was all that mattered. Eventually, I would realize […]

I was a Cradle Conservative Evangelical

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 “I was an atheist before I came to Christianity,” Pria said, sipping on steaming green tea. “My parents were atheists, so we all were atheists. But then something happened in my dad’s life and he started searching, y’know?” “Uh-hmm.” I sipped on my apple cider. “Anyway, I was about […]

I’m Standing With the Ones Who Wait

by Sallie Burroughs | Instagram: @salliekae Babies, it seems, are everywhere. I wish I could tell you that I am 100% happy and content in this current season with both of our careers, surrounded by family, and enjoying our freedom and independence. I wish I could tell you I didn’t want kids just yet. But I can’t. […]

Spreading Out Safety Nets

A friend of mine, we’ll call her Candice, has a 14-year-old daughter. Candice’s daughter has a friend we’ll call Susan. Susan lost her mother to cancer a couple of years ago. Candice’s daughter and Susan go to school together and participate in many of the same activities and Candice watches out for Susan. She noticed […]