When I set out to write a blog post about “May: Fertility — Quivers Full of Arrows and Sippy Cups,” chapter eight of Rachel Held Evans’ book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I found myself surprised at how fully I’ve transitioned from “Mommy” to “Nana,” and how irrelevant some of the practical information in this chapter had become to me at this stage in my life. Nevertheless, this chapter, like the rest of Evans’ book, is thought-provoking, delightful to read, and rich with spiritual applications.
Rachel’s to-do list for the month:
- Read a stack of parenting books
- Come clean about fear of motherhood
- Interview a Quiverfull daughter
- Babysit Addy and Aury for a day
- Care for a computerized “Baby-Think-It-Over” for three days
One of my favorite parts of the chapter was about Rachel’s Facebook experience (“all hell broke loose,” she says) after asking the question, “What books would you recommend for someone interested in learning about parenting? (And no, I’m NOT pregnant!)”
I also found the section on Chip (the name Dan and Rachel gave their infant simulator) quite funny.
Evans points out that as women, our “highest calling” is not motherhood (although being a mother is definitely a high calling), but following Christ. Here are a couple of quotes from the chapter that resonated with me:
Perhaps someday, all women, no matter their marital status or procreative prowess, will be equally honored by the Church.
Following Christ is something a woman can do whether she is married, or single, rich or poor, sick or healthy, childless or Michelle Duggar.