7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 23)

— 1 — I really can’t believe that the baby will be here Monday. It’s now becoming clear that I’m not even going to be able to accomplish a small percentage of my “things to do before the baby gets here” list. Those of you with the nesting gene might be picturing that that list is composed of lovely but nonessential homemaking tasks like “apply a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the baby’s room” or “lay out coordinating outfits to take a family portrait at the hospital.” No,... Read More

Life as an eloquent sermon

One of the many reasons I so eagerly look forward to all my meetings with my spiritual director is that we meet on the grounds of a local maternity home that she helped to found. Next door to the house where the moms live is a Daughters of the Mother of Mercy convent, and they kindly let my spiritual director and me use their chapel for our meetings. There is a palpable sense peace that pervades the whole area, noticeable as soon as you step out of your car, that undoubtedly emanates from the selfless love that is woven throughout everything the... Read More

Why my life is better since becoming open to life

“You guys aren’t really going to have any more after this one, right?” a few people have asked me privately. “We thought about having another, but the sleepless nights, the diapers, the pregnancy and birth — ugh! Aren’t you just so ready to be done with all that?” a neighbor asked at the playground last week. “I do not envy you,” a lady at the grocery store said solemnly as I passed by with a cart full of three kids under five and a hugely pregnant belly. Whenever people say things like this,... Read More

Recommended reading for Lent

Can you believe that Ash Wednesday is already this week? I don’t have much time to write today but I wanted to throw out some Lenten reading suggestions based on some of my favorite books: He Leadeth Me by Walter Ciszek This stunning autobiographical account of Fr. Ciszek’s wrongful imprisonment in Russia is one of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read. I read it more than a year ago and yet I still find myself thinking about it almost daily. What was most surprising to me was how applicable the lessons he learned are to... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 22)

— 1 — We have a date! Labor for baby #4 is scheduled to be induced the morning of Monday, March 2. That’s just a week from Monday! — 2 — One thing I’ve never gotten used to is that with induced labor you pick your child’s birthday. That seems so strange. Back before my clotting disorder diagnosis I had my first child with midwives outside of a hospital setting, and I loved being able to do everything completely naturally. I’ve come to terms with most every part of having a high-risk, induced hospital... Read More

A friend of the Emperor

I’m writing about the first time I read the Bible in the book right now. I thought I’d share this reflection that came to mind as I was writing that didn’t make the cut for inclusion in the book… When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had a hard time getting into it. With little knowledge of Christianity and no knowledge of Judaism, I often felt a great distance between me and the events depicted on the wispy pages of this brand new book. Even the New Testament seemed very strange and foreign, and it... Read More

Stress and fear

With the new baby’s arrival only two weeks away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned in the 18 months since our last child’s birth. It was a period that I thought was going to be soooo hard since I’d have three kids under three, so it’s been interesting to compare what it was actually like compared to what my control-freak, worrywart thoughts predicted it would be like. I’ve learned so much through these reflections, but the biggest thing that’s hit me over the head is this: when I have... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 21)

— 1 — I’m sitting here, looking from the box of clutter in the corner of our living room that’s been there for weeks to the myriad stains on the carpet, waiting for the nesting instinct to kick in. Waiting…waiting… — 2 — Speaking of which, my doctor mentioned in passing today that we’ll probably schedule labor to be induced two weeks from Monday. ONLY TWO WEEKS?! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was writing this post talking about my nervousness about a brand new pregnancy. Even though... Read More

(UPDATED) Sirius radio interview tomorrow (Friday) morning

UPDATE: I just called in to find out that the host had an emergency come up so they won’t be able to do the show today. Sorry for the last-minute notice, I just found out too! I will be on the Sirius radio show Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd on Channel 159 tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:30am EST. I’m looking forward to talking with him about my conversion from atheism to Christianity (and to trying to pretend like I’m even half coherent at that hour, which is 6:30 my time). If you are not currently a Sirius subscriber, you can get... Read More

Book Chat: Books about following God’s call, writing and getting organized

Here are quick reviews of three great books I’ve read recently… Magi by Daniel L. Gilbert Here it is, that book I referenced here that is the first fiction book I’ve been able to get into in years: Magi by Daniel L. Gilbert. I discovered it when our priest mentioned it in a homily — one those sermons that couldn’t have spoken more directly to me if the priest had mentioned me by name — and I went immediately to the bookstore after Mass to look for it. One of the reasons it appealed to me is because it’s... Read More

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