A few months back, I stumbled upon a book entitled Writing Our Lives, edited by Mary Ann Jansen of the Women Writing for a Change Foundation. This book contains selections from the first ever 2010 Writing Circle partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Each Wednesday over the next few weeks, I will…

Three simple words. Three impossible words. I. Need. Help. I calculated this pregnancy incorrectly. I was sure I’d be early, so now I look back and I think–I started asking Peter for help too early. He’s exhausted, what with six weeks straight of getting up with both kids in the night (Penny almost always needs…

A quick addition to my post from this morning: I’m not the only one preparing for the birth of this child. Peter found William in his crib this morning, pajamas entirely off. Peter asked, “William, what are you doing?” William, who had his giraffes under the covers with him, said, “I’m feeding my baby.” He…

I’m 40-weeks pregnant with our third child. This was a planned pregnancy. And it’s been an easy one. No health concerns. No morning sickness. A supportive husband who has borne the brunt of my need for sleep, for someone to unload the groceries and take the children sledding. And yet I’ve found myself bemoaning 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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