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Carrie Willard lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, two young sons, and three ridiculous dogs. She is a recovering lawyer, clergy spouse, clergy kid, food and cooking aficionada, musical theater junkie, anxious mess, redeemed sinner, and blogger at curessa.wordpress.com. Her family attends Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston.

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    This is (Almost) 40

    This is (Almost) 40

    Until recently, if you had asked me the question: “If you had to re-live one time in your life, what would it be?” my answer would have been almost always: “My junior year of college.” With apologies to my husband and kids, who are lovely and the best things that ever happened to me, I […]

    <i>The Crown</i>, Season 2: Reconciliation and Her Majesty

    The Crown, Season 2: Reconciliation and Her Majesty

    This piece contains possible spoilers from the Netflix Original Series The Crown, Season 2, Episode 6.  The second season of The Crown is just as beautiful as the first, and more complex. As we watch the marriage of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip ever-so-slightly unravel at the seams and Princess Margaret’s love life take […]

    He Knows If You've Been Bad or Good…and Fills Your Stocking Anyway

    He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good…and Fills Your Stocking Anyway

    “Do you think Santa is actually real?” My six-year-old asked my nine-year-old this question in the backseat of my car recently, and I tried to squelch the “of COURSE he is!” that was dying to escape from my throat. The nine-year-old, who is the tallest innocent I’ve ever met, said that yes, he believed that […]

    Everything I Touch Is Overwhelmed

    Everything I Touch Is Overwhelmed

    Last spring, I was attending the Mockingbird Conference in New York when my phone died. Like, straight up died. The battery was charged, but nobody was home. It didn’t even give me a chance to say goodbye. It just died. I don’t know how other (normal) people react to this kind of situation, but I […]

    Dog Is My Copilot

    Dog Is My Copilot

    ’Tis the season for pet blessings! Churches everywhere are celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4), that famed lover of animals, by blessing their congregants’ furry friends. Our family are dog people, and we always bring a dog or two to the pet blessing at our church. My husband and I had […]

    "Mark Yourself as Safe"

    “Mark Yourself as Safe”

    Greetings from the heart of Houston, and the heart of Hurricane Harvey. For the past few mornings, I’ve woken up, glanced at my phone and the multiple flash flood warnings that came through overnight, and scrolled through a few dozen pictures of whatever fresh hell visited my city the night before. Then, I write some […]

    The Tempest of Ancestry.com

    The Tempest of Ancestry.com

    I can talk to just about anyone about just about anything. Gallbladder surgery. Grandchildren’s precociousness. Train schedules. Weather patterns. But, I do have one achilles’ heel: ancestry narratives. As soon as someone starts talking about their third great-grandfather’s cousin twice removed, and how that person fought in the battle of Waterloo, my eyes glaze over […]

    Riding Shotgun: On Being the Clergy-Adjacent

    Riding Shotgun: On Being the Clergy-Adjacent

    I was hauling a giant luggage container, the kind that attaches to a car roof, across my driveway with the woman who bought it from me on craigslist. It wasn’t heavy, but it was awkward and large, and we were having a bit of a hard time maneuvering it. It was dark outside, and we […]

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the Motherhood Cure

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and the Motherhood Cure

    I’ve recently started reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books to my 6-year-old. I picked them up because I remembered reading them when I was in elementary school, and because we could all use a little bit of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle in our lives. If you’re not familiar with the books, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was created […]

    The Law of Minimalism and the Idolatry of Sparking Joy

    The Law of Minimalism and the Idolatry of Sparking Joy

    In the fall of 2014, I had just completed a cross-country move after a cross-city move with my husband and two small children. After those moves, we got a puppy, which destroyed anything that didn’t make it through those first moves, and we also said goodbye to diapers and pacifiers in that same year. We […]

    Cringe-Watching <i>Catastrophe</i>

    Cringe-Watching Catastrophe

    For the last few weeks at bedtime, my youngest son has requested that I read him a story out of a book called “Farmyard Tales.” These are innocuous little stories of Apple Tree Farm, and the family who lives there. They are sweet and lovely, and also criminally boring. They are perfect bedtime stories for […]

    Mama Holy's Handbag

    Mama Holy’s Handbag

    The New York Times recently published an article about the physiological and psychological changes that happen to women when they become mothers. This reminded me of a conversation I had with my son when he was in preschool about irreversible change, when he was learning about tadpoles and caterpillars. “When you became a mommy,” he […]