Why Does Everyone Want to Touch Pregnant Ladies?

The irresistible call of a baby belly: a miracle you can touch.

“I don’t know what it is…” admitted my lab tech (a young, not-so-bad-looking guy), “but some part of me just needs to connect with that part of you.”

Please, try to be more awkward as you stand there with your hand on my belly and a needle shoved in my arm…

“Do you get that a lot?”

Um yeah, usually from the old ladies at the grocery store. They hardly ever ask first. They just stretch out their old wrinkled hands and go for it.

What is it about pregnant ladies and their giant bellies? How is my stomach all of a sudden an acceptable place to put your hands? Continue reading

Celebrate Advent like Mary: A Baby is on the Way

Four pregnancy-inspired lessons to help us observe Advent like Mary did.  (Plus fun bonus tips)

We hear it over and over.  “Advent is a time of preparation, like waiting for a baby’s birth.”  Guess what.  It’s not a metaphor!  Or a simile, or whatever.  Advent is not like waiting for a baby’s birth.

 Advent IS waiting for baby Jesus’ birth.

Let Us Pray…

Today, my Jesus, all those years ago, Your mother Mary waited for Your birth.  She prepared for Your coming.

What are some things Mary did during her Advent, and how can I learn from them? Continue reading