Heavy Boy, Light Girl

S_Cindy

I overheard a girl, upper elementary, medium length jet black hair. In Chinese she asks her mother, “What does it mean to be ‘heavy-boy-light-girl?’” I winced and turned my head, unwilling to look into the eyes of an innocent child while her mother explained. “Heavy-boy-light-girl” is a Chinese proverb to encapsulate the worldview that men […]

Talking To My Inner Toddler

M_Holly2

The day started off well enough. I woke before my 19-month-old son did, the one sleeping in the crook of my arm, and that miracle afforded me a minute to adjust my eyes to the morning light seeping through the curtains and for my groggy brain to conjure up one complete thought. I sighed, audibly. […]

A Love Letter to my Daughter’s Blankie

M_Bronwyn

Dearest Blankie, When you were new, you were pink and soft and had silky satin edges. You had a velveteen underbelly, a polka-dotted sateen center, and a teeny giraffe tag was tucked in miniature stitches to the corner. You seemed unnecessarily expensive and plush for a baby, but you were given with so much love and […]

My Lack of World-Changing Extracurriculars

M_Megan

A deliciously chubby six-month-old is swatting a plush green bird at my feet. His three-year-old brother is sleepily sprawled on the couch, watching Curious George. It’s a rare moment of still in our tireless household. The sun set hours ago, so all the lights are switched on, casting a hazy glow over the dishes piled […]

The Tightly Stitched Gathering of God

J_Micha

By Micha Boyett | Twitter: @Michaboyett One of the sweet privileges of being a newly ordained elder in my church is the responsibility of presenting candidates for baptism to the congregation. In our denomination, those who are coming for baptism or joining the church are introduced by name before they make their vows, before our pastor […]