Category: Christine LaFave Grace Columns

Odds and optimism: Building a family after the loss of a child

Odds and optimism: Building a family after the loss of a child
Odds are sort of an odd concept for Joe and me. When I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Nathan, I got a call from a nurse at my OB’s office. Blood tests from my visit two weeks earlier — my first official prenatal visit — showed that I was a carrier for a genetic... Read more »

About your future family: A letter to my second child

About your future family: A letter to my second child
Dear Future Kid: Hello! My name is Christy, and I’m going to be your mom someday. I don’t know when you might arrive, or how — you haven’t been formed yet. But I believe in your future as part of our family. I believe I’ll get to take you home and be your parent for... Read more »

Not how the picture is supposed to develop

Not how the picture is supposed to develop
I had just this image in my head: I would finish a race–maybe this time it was a 5K; next time it would be a marathon–and I would walk over to my where my husband was waiting for me and scoop my baby from his arms and give my little boy a kiss. I’ve envisioned... Read more »
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An ode to running for two

An ode to running for two
I started running when I was in junior high, and for 20 years, running has been my “thing.” I stink at most sports — definitely anything involving a ball or any other implement — but I can run. Which is fantastic, because running doesn’t demand good weather, or equipment other than good shoes, or rounding up other people... Read more »

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid, Hi again! It’s your future mom. Whew, this is quite a journey, isn’t it? I feel like we’ve been going for about a year and a half, even though it’s been only 7 months and some change. You seem as antsy as I am; I think we sometimes we both feel like asking,... Read more »

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid: Hello! How are you? I’ve read that you are the size of a mango this week. Good for you! Keep on growin’. This might be a bit premature, but I’ve been doing some thinking over the past few months, and I wanted to write you a letter before your dad and I meet... Read more »
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Pregnant pondering: The day our lives did surely change

Pregnant pondering: The day our lives did surely change
I’m not much of a “Squeee!” person. But I’m glad my going-for-gusto husband, Joe, is. We complement each other like that. I’m the Claire to his Phil, in Modern Family terms. (Really more Mitchell, but you get the point – in our relationship, I’m the straight man. Wait …) When Joe found out I was pregnant,... Read more »