My fourth daughter, Isobel Jane (henceforward to be known on the blog as Cherry), arrived earthside at sunrise on April 22nd: 9 pounds and 21 inches even. It was a precipitous labor, which I intend to write about at a later date. Suffice it for now to say she is perfect. She has the sweetest temperament, and we all adore her. My long absence is due primarily to my jealously guarding these precious baby days. It took me five children and ten years to realize how much I needed to treasure this sixth newborn, to soak up every moment, even the ones where I was exhausted and unwashed and weary. I am so grateful for this time, for my daughter, for the profound and humbling gift of motherhood. Thank you all for your prayers through my pregnancy. They sustained me and, I’m sure, helped to make Isobel’s entrance into the world (and the weeks following) so awesomely beautiful. Thank you, thank you. And thank you for joining us, sweet girl. We are so very happy you’re here.
Few things in life are as emotional charged as childbirth. It is singularly momentous and supremely personal. The hopes and dreams preceding it are as unique as each mama + baby combo, wrapped around and threaded through with fears and... Continue reading →
Well, hi there. I know it’s been awhile, and unfortunately, I have no excuse for the delay. Sure I’ve been busy, sure I’ve been pregnant (35 weeks now!), but if I’m honest none of that has anything to do with... Continue reading →
Happy Epiphany! In his homily today, our priest focused on the question, Where is Jesus? As he pointed out, this is a paraphrase of the very first words attributed to men in the gospels: the wise men inquiring of Herod, “Where is... Continue reading →
Well folks, another (liturgical) year has come and gone. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I do enjoy taking stock of my spiritual life on the Feast of Christ the King. This year, our new priest (we actually... Continue reading →