We don’t currently own a TV, so we do a fair amount of reading in our household. That’s true of Peter and me, but it’s also true of our children. So I thought this week’s “What I’m Reading” should include the picture books that I get to enjoy on a daily basis.  If I ask…

(Note: the photo is nearly two years old, but it’s a good picture of what life in our household feels like at its harder moments.) Marriage and especially children don’t bring immediate, subjective happiness. Sure, when William breaks out into song: “Thank you Father!” at the sight of apricots, it makes me happy. When Penny…

Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer whose work focuses on faith, parenthood and disability. She is writing a book on the ethics and theology of reproductive technology, genetic screening and disability, and she blogs at Choices That Matter and Five Dollars and Some Common Sense.     A few weeks ago, when we were leaving…

The other night, Peter heard William rustling around in his crib. The rustling turned to cries, and the cries didn’t cease. He finally went upstairs to discover William naked. “I tinkled on my pillow.”  It’s happened twice since then. So we’re starting the potty-training journey for the second time, just weeks after we considered Penny’s…

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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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