Y’all. Seriously.

Mother’s Day is going to become my new Christmas. I am like Sarah laughing at the absurdity of it all. Me, motherless as all get out. But which holiday is it that has brought joy and life and influence and people and exhaustion and tears and fist waving and reasons to eat cookies and did I mention joy– into my life? Mother’s Day.

Once again, God has smiled and said,”Here is a gift and her name is Abbie.” She left a comment wondering if I’d be interested in being interviewed on her blog and would I like a free copy of her book Celibate Sex: Musings on being loved, single, twisted, and holy that came out in March.

Well she had me at “free book.” Now, those of you who have been new teachers in the organization I work for and have had to sit through the women’s purity talk are smiling big at this point. Not only did she offer me a book, but it’s a subject I’m a wee bit well known for talking about! Can you see why we hit it off?

Abbie and Amy

OK, this isn’t really Abbie, but after exchanging emails — it took me a while to get back to her and she graciously wondered if it was because Oprah had called. IF only! I just knew that if we WERE to have our picture taken together she’s have such a cute top on and really good posture. The interview came out last week but I was in the midst of sharing the high school commencement series.

Three reasons we hit it off — I love the name of her blog: Unsteady Saint. Hello! That’s me. She also said I have an “alluring way with words.” Well, now if doesn’t show how kind she is. AND we’ve both, at different times, lived in the same city in China.

Pop over to see the interview and you’ll learn:

1. Which free range animal I’m most familiar with

2. The hardest part for me being single, and

3. What it means to live a both/and life

Conversation With Amy Young (aka, the gal with 981 comments on her Mother’s Day post)

And just for fun, I start the purity chat with this video (if you’re in China, it’s worth finding a way to view it!).

Thanks Abbie!

If you’re single, what’s a hard part for you? Anyone: where are you being invited to live a both/and life? Final question: how many mice have you killed with a frying pan?



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  1. Michelle June 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Thankfully I have never killed a mouse with a frying pan other rodents yes. The joys of southern China.

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      Amy June 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Girl you know it! The south … when the mice are big, the kids good looking, and the food is spicy :)

  2. Laura June 7, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I can’t get her blog site to load, so I am unable to read your interview :(. Tried it on my phone, laptop, and Sue’s iPad. Hmmm. Well, I could get to her sight (once) but it was so stuck trying to download the article. I’ll try again tomorrow, but I’m curious. And none on the mouse count, but I have had to deal with many live and dead rodents Poe has drug in, including a baby bunny this week. I’m not sure I could do the frying pan thing, but I share that scenario any time anyone mentions sticky paper.

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      Amy June 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura … anyone else having troubles?

      Oh dear Poe and his furry friends!

  3. Laura June 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    So, I tried again this morning and no problem. Now I’ll read it. Sue said she had no problem yesterday. Maybe I was just emitting some interference.

  4. Christy J June 8, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I totally get what you are saying about having to take the suitcase into the bathroom! That is one of the most annoying things for me about traveling.

    I appreciated your comments about shared memories as well. I never really thought about that much before. For me, one of the hardest things is that awkward moment when people find out either that I am single or how old I am (or especially when they learn both at the same time). Watching people struggle to figure out what to say next is sometimes very painful. Although in some instances, people do say quite insensitive things, for the most part they don’t, so I want to reassure them that it’s not as if I have some sort of disease or something and they don’t have to shove it all under the rug. But there is usually a very awkward pause that happens in which everyone is uncomfortable.

    Also, I don’t have any experience with mice and frying pans, but I have killed a rat with a broom handle. That was an interesting experience!

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      Amy June 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Christy — ah, yes that awkward moment. I too, understand what you mean that people, in general, aren’t insensitive, they just have that flash of trying to put the pieces together (and the implications of some of the pieces :)). Thanks for the comment!

  5. LeAnne July 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Loved reading the interview. Sort of close to talking with you, so bright spot of any day!

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      Amy July 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      And reading your comment is one for me :)

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