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New Year Hope

2015 was a year of survival for me. When New Year’s rolled around a year ago, I made no resolutions—just hoped to survive the first year of my baby’s life, the transition back to work, the changes in my marriage and family, the freezing cold winter. I was still up several times a night and was dealing with mommy-guilt about…

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My Boy and Jesus

I have a little boy who has glittery eyes and a quick smile. When I carry him in my arms I kiss his soft face over and over, and I love the pudgy feel of his legs as they surround me. His giggle is infectious—I record it and could listen to it all day. He lies on his back, covers…

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Mary, Interrupted

Mary is probably an early teenager, promised to Joseph and awaiting her marriage, when the appearance of an angel interrupts her plans for her life. She is told not to be afraid (words angels always say) and that the Lord is with her (words God says to prophets in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)). She’s told she will be pregnant with God’s…

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Mary, Mother of God

I’m thinking about Mary, the Mother of God. I suppose many are thinking about her these days of Advent waiting and anticipation of Christ’s birth on Christmas. I’m remembering what it was like when I was 38 weeks pregnant and didn’t want to travel anywhere because the doctor told me not to. Shaking my head, I recall the heartburn, heat,…

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Book Launch

Monday night had to be one of the most satisfying nights of my life. . .  When my book came out, I was honestly surprised at my overwhelming emotional reaction. I didn’t know what to do with myself–I was so happy, and yet felt rather strange. I felt like I was changed, that I was qualitatively different, but that no one…

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