A lesson in prayer

When I first started praying — when I was 28, after a life of atheism — I unintentionally fell into thinking of God as a glorified wish-granting genie. My prayers were all petitions for what I wanted God to give me or my family and friends. As I got to know more about prayer and the nature of God, I began to spend a little more time thanking God for the stuff he gave me and my family and friends that I’d requested. Eventually I even moved into throwing out some open-ended requests for guidance, asking the Lord to show me his will... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 39)

— 1 — I cannot believe that our Kidsave child “Rita” arrives Thursday! I also found out that the children’s chaperone from Colombia will rotate houses while she’s here, and she’ll be staying with us first, so she’ll be coming home with us from the airport on Thursday as well. (For those of you doing the math, that will make eight people in a three-bedroom house.) I need tips from those of you who are domestically skilled: What is a nice welcome gift I could get for both Rita and the chaperone? I’d... Read More

How to build traffic to your blog

Check out my guest post at Rachelle Gardner’s site: How to build traffic to your blog Today I put on my web developer hat for a guest post at literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s site about how to get traffic to a blog. I’ve been creating websites for more than 10 years both professionally and personally, and have had a couple that were fairly successful (one getting almost 1 million hits per month at its peak). I’ve learned a lot of important lessons the hard way, and I’m excited to be able to share them with you guys.... Read More

Talk to me about the Psalms

I’ll be on the road heading home from our trip to Houston this afternoon, so I thought I’d let you guys do the talking today. Here’s what I’d like to get your thoughts on: I feel like I don’t “get” the Psalms. Ever since I started praying the Liturgy of the Hours, which is centered around the Psalms, I’ve realized that these ancient songs don’t seem to resonate with me as strongly as they do with other people. I do appreciate the way they chronicle the highs and lows of the human experience,... Read More

Faith on display

The chaos of being on vacation with four kids under five in a non-childproof house is using up all my mental energy, so here’s one from the archives. It was originally published on October 9, 2007, and is still something I think about a lot today. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. One subject that’s related to our recent discussion about women covering their heads at church is the concept of outward signs of piety. In the comments here as well as other conversations I’ve heard on the topic, people sometimes mention... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 38)

— 1 — We’re headed to Houston this weekend to visit Yaya, go to dinner with a friend who’s in town, and my husband and son are meeting up with friends at a Houston Dynamo soccer game. I’m trying not to dwell on the downsides (demolished nap schedules, overtired kids who don’t sleep well away from home, a three-hour drive with lots of stops, my one-year-old’s love of screaming in the car, packing for six people, three of whom wear diapers) and focus on the positives (the inevitable plethora of hilarious... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday tomorrow!

Since there are quite a few new readers this week, I wanted to take a moment to invite you all to join us in 7 Quick Takes Friday tomorrow. It’s the simplest blog carnival on the web: just list seven thoughts that are too short for a blog post but too long for Twitter and add a link to your post in the Mr. Linky widget at the bottom of my post (if you don’t have a blog you’re more than welcome to write yours in the comments). Here are some example 7 Quick Takes. I’ve found that it’s a fun way to share all sorts of stuff... Read More

Tips for surviving (and thriving!) in the baby/toddler phase

Or, A Few Things I’ve Learned from Having Four Kids in Five Years I started this post as an answer to the most frequently asked question I get, “How do you find time to write?”, but realized that the answer stems from my overall approach to life with little ones. As I’ve said before, since we’re bad at NFP open to the possibility of more children, my husband and I don’t see the baby/toddler years as a brief phase, but rather we’ve come to see having little ones around as just part of life for the long-term.... Read More

I went out to buy a skirt.

A guest post by Simcha Fisher. Some women speak of “retail therapy” — shopping to lift one’s mood, or to reward or compensate oneself for some trauma. For me, shopping is the trauma. Here’s how the day goes: Before leaving the house, I prepare myself to shop. I take a shower and do that special fluffing thing to my hair. I wear my most helpful undergarments, and when I walk into the store, I use a deliberately confident stride. I start out at my favorite store, which has nice clothes, good sales, and dressing room attendants... Read More

We have dates!

I’m so excited, I just had to share: we finally found out when our Kidsave Summer Miracles child will be here: July 2 – August 4. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story of our involvement with Kidsave, I wrote about it here.)  Read More →

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