Showing posts from September, 2012

No paid clergy? Really? (Friday Favorites)

One aspect that makes my Church unique is that we operate entirely without a paid ministry.  We rotate those who are in charge of each assignments every few years and people are asked to serve in various assignments.  At our local level, that means that the bishop of a ward (our term for congregation) might be of any profession as a day job but serves countless unpaid hours in the evenings and on weekends helping coordinate the other service in the ward.  My own "jobs" (we call them callings) have included nursery leader, Relief Society president, Primary teacher, Sunday School teacher, teacher improvement coordinator, Public Affairs director, and more.
To read more about it, this post is a great introduction to the way it works.  I love how well he describes our cooperative culture.

Some of my favorite parts of his words:

To anyone who really knows Mormon organization, it's almost laughably absurd. For us, one of the distinctive traits of Mormonism isn't "mal…

Meet a M.O.M (Mother of Many) Tuesday: Amy Christensen

I'm thrilled to share something new for this blog -- on select Tuesdays, I will feature an interview with another mother with her hands full. One reason I started blogging was because I found the early years with my large family so lonely and intimidating. It was hard to know how to do it all and how to do it well. I graduated in Family Science and read every parenting book I could find, but still felt the need for more guidance. Welcoming more children into my home when most people assumed I should be "done" was lonely.

So, with a younger version of myself in mind, I'm hoping to open up this blog to more perspectives. I've invited a good friend to help me prepare content and I have begun to invite some amazing mothers to contribute their voices. We'll kick off the new "Hands Full" blog with an interview of one of my new favorite people. I haven't met Amy in person yet, but I'm hopeful we will get that privilege in the next few yea…

Parenting the Disabled -- Research (Friday Favorites)

I graduated with a degree in Family Science (four days before my oldest was born, so I put that degree to use right away).  I love to see studies that back up what I already know and believe. 

In this case, the topic was parenting severely disabled children.  A large number of parents -- 338 -- were interviewed about their experience after having a child with either Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18.  While nearly a quarter of them had been advised that having such a child would ruin their lives as a family or couple, not one of the parents interviewed regretted going forward with the pregnancy.  Most found life with their child joyful and fulfilling. 

I'm saddened by the assumptions and stereotypes that people have towards those who are mentally or physically impaired.  In our body-worshiping, competitive culture, it's all too easy to believe the myths about how difficult and burdensome life is with a disabled person in the family.

On Hiatus (Mostly)

I keep hoping life will slow down so I can take some time for blogging, but it isn't. Keeping up with my kids has become quite the task, as I have two different schools for my five 1st - 8th students, plus kindergarten for Eliza, and preschool for Harmony.  Add in a couple of months of poor health and I'm barely keeping my head above water on some days.
Sarah and Allison on the first day of school
I've had a disease known as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for almost a decade now.  Mostly, this condition has just been a minor annoyance in the background of my life.  I took for granted that I was managing my health fairly well, especially as I got back into running and worked hard to lose the baby weight.

At the same time, I've been having trouble sleeping since about December.  I asked my OB-GYN about it and tried several remedies, but nothing seemed to help me sleep more soundly.  I chalked the poor sleep up to pregnancy (and then later, to post-partum adjustments) and j…