Melissa Florer-Bixler stays at home with her highly energetic toddler. She is a graduate of Gordon College and Duke University, and will attend Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall. The picture at left shows Joni and Robin, two core members of the L’Arche community where Melissa served. She blogs at signonthewindow.wordpress.com.  Shortly after finishing my…

My parents recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. I’ve already written about their party, where they invited a group of friends and family to join them for a fundraiser for Abilis, an organization that supports men and women with disabilities. But I’ve been thinking about the 40 years that went into that celebratory day. In…

Last week, Peter asked Penny if she’d like to take tennis lessons. “Yes!” she said, without a moment’s hesitation. So he took her over to our local tennis club and they watched the other kids play. Penny is 4 ½. She wears 3T clothing. And although her physical therapist has been singing her praises of…

I have a new post at her.meneutics: “Why Dads Matter.” It begins:  Last Sunday morning, my daughter Penny helped me make breakfast for her dad. He likes it simple: coffee, OJ, a bowl of cereal with raisins. We assembled it all on a tray, complete with the newspaper and a card: “Happy Father’s Day I love my…

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Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. Two major life experiences have shaped her writing and her faith—caring for her mother-in-law as she battled cancer and welcoming her daughter Penny into the world after she was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Both experiences expanded and enriched her understanding of what it means to be human and to receive each and every person as a gift.  A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the forthcoming A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House). Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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