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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 Old House

    This Old House

    I asked my mom once if she believed in ghosts. She never seemed afraid of much of anything, and so I figured if she wasn’t afraid of them, it probably wasn’t worth bothering working myself up over them, either. “I don’t know about ghosts,” she replied. “But I do wish my mother could come visit […]

    We Are All One Bad Day from Derailing a City Zoning Meeting

    We Are All One Bad Day from Derailing a City Zoning Meeting

    Meet Lisa. She just moved here. Nobody is helping her, and she has had enough of that. Btw, this was at a zoning meeting for Portillos in Davenport, Iowa. pic.twitter.com/9yYbvcZyr8 — Collin Strajack (@collinstrajack) July 10, 2018 Her “testimony,” for lack of a better term, is misguided at best. She is getting a divorce, but […]

    There's a Wideness in God's Mercy

    There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

    My husband is the rector, or head pastor, of a church in Houston, and we live in a rectory, which is a house owned and maintained by the church. You might know it as a parsonage or a manse. In our fifteen years of marriage, we’ve lived in four different houses, but this is our […]

    We Are All Sad Ben Affleck on a Beach with a Back Tattoo

    We Are All Sad Ben Affleck on a Beach with a Back Tattoo

    When I first clicked through to the New Yorker piece, “The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck,” I’ll admit that it felt a little bit like seeing the sad ex-boyfriend of a close friend. The momentary thrill of schadenfreude: “you’ve done her wrong, and look at how that worked out for you.” Ben Affleck is not […]

    Existential Angst, Just in Time for Mother's Day

    Existential Angst, Just in Time for Mother’s Day

    I almost didn’t have children. I can hardly say that sentence aloud now, now that I am a mother, without choking on the words. I almost chose not to have children. I did not want the world to have more of me in it. When I say that aloud now, people laugh, as though I’m […]

    I Have Summoned You by Name

    I Have Summoned You by Name

    When my husband and I were dreaming of names for our firstborn, we had a great book called The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenburg. Actually, my amazon order history tells me that we bought the book a full year and a half before our son was born, so we were really getting a jump on […]

    Everything Happens for a Reason ... And Other Lies I've Loved

    Everything Happens for a Reason … And Other Lies I’ve Loved

    My mom has a very useful phrase that, because she’s our mom, my siblings and I use to mock her mercilessly: “Gently but firmly.” “Gently but firmly” works for closing the microwave door, breaking up with a bad boyfriend, and asking for a raise. It doesn’t work for everything — sometimes a person has to […]

    Cheap Grace for Sale at the Beauty Counter

    Cheap Grace for Sale at the Beauty Counter

    I’ve already outed myself as a clergy kid, but before my dad was ordained to the priesthood (and for several years afterward, too), he was a grocer. The grocery business runs deep in his blood — his grandfather owned a potato warehouse, his father drove a bread delivery truck, and my father had his own […]

    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 […]