Here's where I've been lately. Scurrying around behind the scenes to get ready for this: BECAUSE THE BOOK IS HERE! Surreal is all I can say. I thought the moment I held this baby in my hands would be emotional and powerful and symbolic. But the package arrived on Halloween afternoon, and thirty seconds after I opened it in tender awe, the baby started howling to be nursed, the boys started screaming at each other over fistfuls of Halloween candy, and the pot of pasta I'd left on the stove started that seething simmer-over - suffice it to say, I did not have a single moment to savor. Yet I've come to love that this book on my desk is doing exactly what I hope it will do in other families' homes: sit right in the middle of the craziness and chaos and remind us that God is here, too. I'm planning a "blog book tour" for early December with lots of lovely blogging friends who are helping me to get out the word. Till then you can buy the paperback or e-book from Liturgical Press (it's … [Read more...] about where i’ve been lately…(and the book is here!!)
When I was playing around with titles for my book, I made a Wordle of the entire manuscript to see what words I used most often. I hoped inspiration might leap out at me from the word cloud. And here's what I saw: The nouns leapt out at me first - God in the center (whew! at least I got that one right), work, love, time, church, mother, baby. But I have a hunch that if I made a Wordle for this blog, it would be the verbs that would catch me: wonder, remember, imagine, realize. Particularly that last one. Realize. I find that verb slipping into my posts more than any other. Sometimes I stop for a synonym. Sometimes I let it slide. Lately I've been embracing the abundance of realization. Because this whole blog might be about precisely that. . . . Two things I try to do in this space: see truth and tell truth. First, I try to notice. Good writing comes from open eyes and ears, heart and mind. I try to see the world around me through the lens that asks what is beautiful here? What is … [Read more...] about on real-izing
When I was a few months pregnant with my first child, I signed up for BabyCenter's weekly emails on the development of my baby. My husband and I got a kick out of learning which fruit or vegetable the baby's size matched that week, and I was amused by the cutaway illustrations revealing what miraculous change might be taking place deep in the dark inside me: eyelashes! kidneys! fingernails! Then I made a naïve mistake. I also signed up for BabyCenter's online "Birth Club" for the month my baby was due to arrive. Pitched as a way to connect with other expectant moms, the birth club was supposedly a great source of support and community as we prepared for our babies to arrive. But I quickly found myself in a strange new world, more mysterious than anything of the wonders of the womb. Peppered across every post on the online message board were bizarre abbreviations and acronyms: I'm a EBF, CD-ing, CS-ing AP (Translation: I'm an extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping … [Read more...] about are moms the choices they make?