Surprise Visitors

Christmas Day 2016   I recently filled out the hospital pre-admission form for this baby due one month for today, and was careful to check one particular box. “Do you want to listed on the patient roster?” The form noted that if I wasn’t listed, my religious leader might not be notified I was in... Continue Reading →


Jeremiah: When the word of the Lord is hard to hear

Sermon from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato, MN November 20, 2016 Two weeks ago, we talked about Isaiah, and I told you that the northern kingdom was being threatened at that time by the Assyrian empire. In 721, the kingdom of Israel fell. Now in Jeremiah’s time, the situation looks even worse for Israel, who has... Continue Reading →

Labor Pains

Just as I was ready to check out of this day, to not talk about the election at all because I’m feeling so confused and helpless and hopeless, my colleague Regina messaged me. “Today I am simply trying to breathe. Thank you for helping me remember that.” It’s always ironic when your own advice comes... Continue Reading →

The Piece-finder

"Mom, will you come and play Legos with me?" he asks, and within five minutes of assent, the second question inevitably comes. "Can you find me a dark grey 1-dot square?" or some other very tiny, very specific piece essential for his imagined creation. I groan, he laughs, and then I get down to business.... Continue Reading →

Super-powered Sniffer

You've seen this meme before, right? Well, it does sometimes feel like a superpower to have a tiny human growing inside of you. Last week, she was the size of a plum, this week a peach. (That's right, folks, I said she!) But you know what my real superpower is these days? Smell. Worst. Superpower.... Continue Reading →

Broady Grund +1

On Wednesday, we went to the doctor and she pulled the handheld doppler monitor from her pocket. I held my breath for the few seconds of pressing on my abdomen it took of her to find it. Ba-bump, ba-bump, ba-bump. "160 beats a minute" she pronounced, smiling. I let out my breath, the one I've been holding... Continue Reading →

Racism over Mac & Cheese

"Ollie, I want to talk to you about something important." I said, and his eyes got wide as he shoveled a huge spoonful of macaroni and cheese into his mouth. "Did you hear what Marrett and I were talking about this morning at breakfast? About people getting killed?" He nodded, and I took a deep... Continue Reading →

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