Women of the ELCA Blog

Got the blues? Make your bed »

Lately, I haven’t been spending much time sleeping in my bed. You see, I have a newborn. So sleep is a fading memory.

As my mental and physical state declines during this transition to new parenthood, there is one act that connects me to my healthy ideal self: making my bed.

I discovered how important this simple

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Good stewardship of the Earth is our responsibility »

Like many other women, I am addicted to Pinterest. I rely on this virtual “scrapboard” or “pinboard” for recipes, decorating ideas and, lately, Do-It-Yourself (DIYs) cleaners that help me to reduce my use of chemicals that hurt the environment and my body.

The environment is especially on my mind this week, as we prepare to celebrate

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Tiny house, new baby means minimizing stuff »

We are preparing to add one person to our 650-square foot condo in the city. Already, two humans, a dog and cat reside there.

My husband and I have done a lot of work over the years to keep this space usable and relaxing. We try not to bring in items that we don’t need. Instead,

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Rape culture is #notokay »

When my husband and I discovered that we were expecting a girl, we were elated. And then I started to think about what it means to be a girl growing up in America’s rape culture. I shared with my husband about the subtle and not so subtle ways I have been sexually mistreated

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Hankering for connection »

I had a hankering for my Aunt Betty’s potato salad the other day.

This dish was served in the backyard when we went to her house to celebrate the July 4th holiday. Her salad, with sour cream, sans mustard, ruined me for store bought potato salad since.

It’s interesting how the memory of eating a

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Perfect timing »

My husband and I are expecting our first child. Two different doctors told us after three consecutive miscarriages, in vitro fertilization (IVF) would be our only option if we wanted to have a baby. Well, here we are, four months into a healthy pregnancy without medical intervention. (Knock on wood.)

Months before I announced this

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The toll of rudeness »

You know the situation. Your colleague at work or your neighbor or a member of your congregation says something rude to you. For a moment, you are stunned, taken aback—and unable to utter a retort.  So, you let the indiscretion pass, and then you mull it over and over on your drive home.

You rehash

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Wisdom of women »

Whether it is advice shared about handling a difficult friendship, a break up, a problem with work or an in-law–the exchange of wisdom among women is incredibly empowering and in some cases life changing.

When I have received words of wisdom from the women I know, they often come as answers to prayer. Many times, these

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