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March, 2012

Rest
I’m almost sorry about this one
Vintage Kettle: Fringe
Friday TEN: My favorite search results from the last month
Joining the glasses club
Kick off
Recent reading
Embrace: Thirty
Friday Five: Reasons this is going to be my best birthday weekend ever
The fit hits the Shan #8: Some things I’ve learned from or with David in his first 30 years
Fear and fiction
K’Nex, Barbie and the tension of true feminism
Vintage Kettle: Truth through wires

February, 2012

St. Lucie
I like you
Friday Five: Movies that should have gotten Best Picture nominations over the last five years
Recent Reading
Embrace the Crazy
Common Prayer
Friday Five: Confessions of a transracially adoptive parent
Questions and a book
Brown child, white town
Different, like everyone else (continued)
Different, like everyone else
Friday Five: Stuff my daughter said last year that totally needs to be on a t-shirt
The fit hits the Shan #7: Winter grass
Imaginary lines meeting in space
Friday Five: Things I’m looking forward to most in 2012
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas

January, 2012

Friday Five: Things I want to be sure to do during the next year of blogging
I’m still here
Ministry
Friday Five: Things I wish married-for-ten-years Me could say to married-for-one-year Me
Fear, and overcoming it
Skit
The fit hits the Shan #6: purging control
Little ladies growing up
Decade
Embrace

December, 2011

My favorite posts I didn’t write
My favorist posts I wrote this year
Guest posts from this year
Where I’ve been this year
It’s a Wonderful Life
In Bruges
Edward Scissorhands
Top seven Christmas movies
A Summary of why we need Christmas
In defense of Christmas, part 4
In defense of Christmas, part 3
The fit hits the Shan #5: We could pretend
In defense of Christmas, part 2
An interview with Shawn Smucker
In defense of Christmas, part 1
Saturday Links
Vintage Kettle: Snow Angel
Truth in love

November, 2011

Frozen Rover
Jenny
Disciplines
Tips for surviving your next family holiday gathering
Recent Reading
Losing Calvinism
Guest post at Rachelheldevans.com
Hungover dream
An American [geek's] childhood, No. 54
The fit hits the Shan #4: shuffled notebooks
Hope
Family history
An American [geek's] childhood, No. 53
True story
A word which here means a small, safe space in a troubling world

October, 2011

Bunny ears
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 52
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Final thoughts
Present
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 51
Empty
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #8: Having the sames needs and fears as everyone else
Three churches
The meaning of permanence
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 50
The fit hits the Shan, No. 3: Why can’t church be more like the smoking section?
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #7: Suspicion of your lack of suspicion
“I hate boys” and other insights from the maternity ward
Guest post from Emily Wierenga: On how to teach our children about Jesus
An American ]geek’s] Childhood, No. 49
Meeting Melanie
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #6: Distrust of churches
Brethren
How I learned to stop worrying and love birthmothers

September, 2011

An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 48
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #5: Answer avoidance
More thoughts on evolution and sin
Recent reading
Posts with the most
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 47
A question you asked me a long time ago
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #4: Curiosity for the forbidden
A list of things I want my daughter to know
So let us know
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 46
Good kids
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #3: Fear of group-think
Things I want my daughter to know
9/12
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 45
The fit hits the Shan, Ep. 2: Choosing a custome
O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #2: Independent processing
St. Paul’s
Change is coming
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 44

August, 2011

O Rebel, Where Art Thou? Trait #1: Interactive Processing
Recent Reading
Church Transition or Weird Dream? Guest Post by Dan McMonagle
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 43
Red rover, red rover
O Rebel, Where Art Thou?
Rebels in Their Natural Habitat
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 42
Now and forever, amen
On Evolution and Sin
Be Thou My Overreaction
Liturgy with kids, and writing for a friend
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 41
The Fit Hits the Shan, No. 1: Homeless Man
Travel Reading
A preschooler discovers the problem of pain
Adoption heartbreak
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 40
Sucker Punch
Church Quest: Preschool Edition

July, 2011

An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 39
The Good Child
Church Quest 9: Looking back and looking forward
My contractually obligated Harry Potter retrospective
New Dreams: guest post for Shawn Smucker
Guest Post at Imperfect Prose
A Good Year
Church Quest 8: Non-negotiables
The Beautiful Game
Church Quest 7: The Dream List
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 38
A Spectator Along God’s Highway: guest post by Shan K.
Church Quest 6: What we like about our current church
Recent reading
Church Quest 5: Why we ultimately decided to leave
The Youth in Asia
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 37
Vintage Kettle: Dirty God
Church Quest 4: Why we originally planned to stay
Church Quest 3: Our Church History 201
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 36

June, 2011

Vintage Kettle: Centrifuge
Church Quest 2: Our Church History 101
Songs for driving
Yesterday we went to church
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 35
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 34
Fathers
The Fundamental(ist)s of Cheerleading
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 33
Vintage Kettle: Choices
The myth of parental protection, or Why my daughter will read Dracula
A Conversation with Andrew Himes
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 32
A summary of what we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible

May, 2011

What we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible, part 5
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 31
Common
What we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible, part 4
Hide in a cloud
What we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible, part 3
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 30
The End of Sight
What we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible, part 2
Top Twenty Five Tuesday: Baffling search results that have led people to my blog
What we owe our kids when we talk about the Bible, part 1
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 29
Snow White and the God who loved Goliath too
The Sword of the Lord review
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 28
What unity means when you have no other choice
My late-to-the-party Love Wins review

April, 2011

An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 27
Dry cleaned flannel and other acts of love
Chicago in seven easy points instead of a long write-up with lots of pictures
That time my kid was more athletic than yours
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 26
Gotcha Day
Would you rather Buzz or Sprawl?
The Great Outdoors
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 25
Swimming in Poo: guest post by Alise Wright
Reader Love
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 24
Alise the Right
Adoption Week Narrative 12: Coming Home
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 23

March, 2011

More on writing
Faith like a child, questions included: guest post by Shawn Smucker
Like little children, or My preschooler knows more about God than I do
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 22
On Writing: guest posting at Shawn Smucker’s blog
But I still hate that Russian
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 21
Words like a child
My apparent failure to keep my preschooler from becoming a fundamentalist
On salt and vinegar crickets and fine Scotch
Adoption week narrative 11: Final sights and saying goodbye
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 20
The time I tried to explain euthanasia to a kid who can’t even read yet
Top Twenty-eight Tuesday: Books I’m totally buying as soon as our tax refund gets here
Adoption week narrative 10: Embassy day
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 19
I don’t know and other heresies
Top Ten Tuesday: The moments that make parents totally worth it

February, 2011

In the beginning
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 18
Supernova
Top Ten Tuesday: Getting my 29 year old act together
Adoption Week Narrative 9: Eduardo
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 17
Belief
Emerging children
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 16
Summer
I don’t like the juice of beetles
Top Ten Tuesday: The hardest parts of being a parent
Adoption Week Narrative 8: Venturing forth a confident and effeminate man
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 15
Oh Canada
Recent Reading
Top Five Tuesday: Underappreciated 80s and 90s rock bands

January, 2011

An American [geek's] Chilhood, No. 14
Arson
Bad parenting products
Top Five Tuesday: Yosi’s favorite grown-up music videos
Adoption Week Narrative 7: Feeling really stupid but too tired to care
Other People’s Words, No. 5
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 13
Grown ups
Muncie Children’s Museum
Top Tuesday: Fictional role models for girls
Falling in love in a foreign place
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 12
Flying fish
Her voice is neither small nor still
Top Fifteen Tuesday: Let it snow!
Gingerbread
Other People’s Words, No. 3
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 11
Vow
Top Fifteen Tuesday: Role models for girls
A [poetic] case of the Mondays, No. 7
Other People’s Words, No. 2

December, 2010

An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 10
Unmasking Megan
Top Twelve Tuesday: 2010 in pictures
A poetic case of the Mondays, No. 6
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 9
Top Thirty Tuesday: Tales of the glories
Stop the insanity!
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 8
Snow Angel
Top Ten Tuesday: It’s a Wonderful List
A poetic case of the Mondays, No. 5
Other people’s words, No. 1
Be good, for goodness sake
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 7
Not a mistake
Top Five Tuesday: Animated Christmas specials
A poetic case of the Monday, No. 4
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 6
Advent

November, 2010

Show Hope
Ocean
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 5
Fringe
Good Gourd Almighty
A poetic case of the Mondays, No. 3
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 4
Truth Through Wires
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 3
Peace
Happy [belated] Halloween
Prairie Days
A poetic case of the Mondays, No. 2

October, 2010

An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 2
Once
Secret ballroom
A poetic case of the Mondays, No. 1
An American [geek's] Childhood, No. 1
Take my hand
New wine
Interstitial
Green machine
Spiders everywhere!…except at the spider presentation
Adoption Week Narrative #6: Fear in a foreign place
Recent Reading

September, 2010

Adoption Week Narrative #5: A peaceful shore
Love poem from the first year
Adoption Week Narrative #4: So, shall we cry
Adoption Week Narrative #3: Love and terror
Diversity
Adoption Week Narrative #2: The longest 2 hours ever
Adoption Week Narrative #1: Preparing to travel, of “Get your American butts to Guatemala, pronto!”
China
Toy fails
I’ll have some more of that AWANA Kool-Aid, please
Self-righteousness and adoption
August adventures in parenting
Train up a child

August, 2010

How Toddlers Think, Episode 2
Recent Reading
Dr. Mohler and the American twenty-something
Sleepover
How Toddlers Think, Episode 1
Propaganda
Living a better story

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