Can I See Your Belly Button?

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Saturday morning always comes earlier than I hope. Yes, it’s our day off. Yes, we have a few kids old enough to want some extra sleep. But no, that doesn’t stop their bodies from remembering what time they wake up for school on five other days of the week.  (Sigh.) My eyes blink open to […]

TGIF: I’m Making A Human!

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Nothing can prepare you for the moment you discover you’re … pregnant. I’d spent five days comatose on the couch, straddling a hot water bottle, nursing a stomach flu, a fever and a smokers cough. I’d chugged many potent cocktails of Nyquil, Advil and lemon tea. To my left was a graveyard of used Kleenex. […]

As You Lay Grieving

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Gravity and sadness yank us down, and hope gives us a nudge to help one another get back up or to sit with the fallen on the ground, in the abyss, in solidarity. ~ Anne Lamott The call came one hour before I was to host a Christmas party. “Sophie passed away.” I heard it […]

The Gift of Dignity

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By Sarah Quezada | @SarahQuezada I sat on their bed, the one shared by mother and her pre-teen son. It was the primary seating in the one-room apartment. Together we had spent the morning standing in line in the biting cold, waiting outside a local ministry organization. It was Christmas toy pick-up day. Mothers lined […]

The God of Joy and Grief

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It has been almost ten years since we stood at the altar of an old Baptist church, June sun shooting through the glass stained blue and green, downtown traffic buzzing outside of the thick, wooden doors. We lifted our voices while we squeezed our hands and felt the words to How Great Thou Art sink into […]