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“Why don’t you just adopt?” is the wrong question to ask infertile couples. Here’s why.

In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, I’m reposting this piece, originally published on Amy Julia Becker’s blog in 2011 (when it was hosted by Patheos). My friend Rachel Stone also has a post at Sojourners this week on infertility and the role of the church.  Thirteen years ago, my husband and I went through an emotional, expensive, [Read More...]

“We can just love them”: Adoptive Parents on Their Kids with Special Needs

In honor of National Adoption Month, I’m featuring below an excerpt from Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter by Jennifer Grant. Love You More tells the story of how Jen and her husband David adopted their fourth child, Mia, from Guatemala. The book also does an excellent job of addressing questions, concerns, and myths [Read More...]

Finding God at Rock Bottom

Karen Beattie and her husband went through a difficult few years. She was unexpectedly laid off just as her husband decided to go back to graduate school, leaving them without regular income from employment. After a miscarriage and a bunch of dead ends...

I am Pro-Choice, But Jezebel Does Not Speak for Me

My friend and colleague Amy Julia Becker wrote a lovely post on the Christianity Today women’s blog making the simple but vital observation that life for people with Down syndrome is not tragic and hopeless, but rather just as full of “go...

Parents-to-Be Have More Choices Than Ever, But We Can’t Choose Our Way Out of Pain

Jennifer Gilmore’s story is enough to scare anyone away from open adoption. (It also provides the best supporting evidence ever for my contention that “Why don’t you just adopt?” might be one of the stupidest questions known to huma...

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