What I learned from painting a wall

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m back! My summer break was great. I did a lot of good stuff during my offline time, but the most interesting — and unexpected — endeavor was that I painted a room. It all started with reading The Nester‘s book, The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, which… [Continue Reading]

A day in the “life”

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Skating in riiiiiight under the wire, here’s today’s post! It’s a glimpse into my day yesterday — which is the perfect post for me because it counts as an update and also answers the question about why I’m flailing in my own blogging challenge. BACKSTORY FOR NEW READERS: It will help you understand the… [Continue Reading]

22 things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood

Doll face-down in urine on the couch, 2010

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I was sitting here thinking of all the awesomeness that this wonderful, new, non-2013 year will hold, it occurred to me that my oldest child will turn ten this fall. Ten! I have officially been a parent for a decade now, and I’ve had six kids during that time. When I took a… [Continue Reading]

Never say never, and other thoughts on having more kids

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Some folks have asked if my doctors are putting pressure on me not to have more children. I usually respond with a sound like hoooooo-ho-ho-hooooo (which is not supposed to be a sound like what Santa says, but rather a hearty laugh to indicate, YOU HAVE NO IDEA). The doctors have said this before,… [Continue Reading]

To the ladies who sent me that quilt

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A couple of weeks ago, a beautiful quilt arrived in the mail. And this wasn’t just any quilt: it was a prayer quilt, handmade by a group of ladies who specifically prayed for me while they were created it. Look at how beautiful it is: The attached label said it was from the prayer… [Continue Reading]

The good life

What we were doing around this time in 2003.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This week Joe and I celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary. We also found out recently that we’re expecting baby number six! (For those of you who need a refresher, we have an eight-year-old boy, and four girls ages 6, 5, 3, and 15 months.) We’re so busy and tired, I’m not sure if we’ll… [Continue Reading]

My answer to “Do you want more children?”

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When people see me out and about with my four young children, one of the most common questions I get is, “Do you want more?” (Or, more accurately, “DO YOU WANT MORE?!?!?!?!“) I’m never sure what to say. “Yes” doesn’t sound quite right. Our fourth baby in four-and-a-half years is only eighteen months old,… [Continue Reading]

Five years later

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Five years ago last Saturday, my husband and I got married. In many ways, that night was the apex of our worldly life: our wedding took place in a rented theater, I wore a dark purple dress, we wrote our own vows, our officiant came in second in a stripping contest at a gay… [Continue Reading]

“What will I tell my gay friends?”

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back in what I suppose you could call “Phase I” of my conversion, when I had been looking into Christianity for a while and, to my great surprise, found it more and more compelling, there was one concern that weighed heavily on my mind: what would this mean for my relationships with my gay… [Continue Reading]

Contraception and a woman’s self-image

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On the rare occasions that I used to think about the prospect of having a large family before my conversion, one of the first things that would come to mind is, “Just think of what my abs would look like! And years and years of nursing babies wouldn’t exactly leave me looking like a… [Continue Reading]