on marriage, children, and being open to new life

I started this post about a month ago, well before yesterday's Supreme Court decision. There are, of course, no shortage of hot takes and quick responses to Roe falling, but I'd like to take a wider perspective: what it means to recognize that life rarely comes on our terms or in our timing. In a…

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Things to say (and not say)

You don't have to live very long to realize: some words are helpful at strengthening relationships -- and some are definitely not. Asking your spouse or your child "Do you mind taking the trash out?" definitely tends to work better than saying "Why do I always have to remind you to take out the garbage?"…