catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Family Planning

vol. 7, num. 17 :: 2008.09.26 — 2008.10.10

We call it “family planning,” even though much of what happens in starting and cultivating a family could rightly be called a surprise, pleasant or otherwise.  On the principles and experiences of such efforts.



For my daughter: Short notes on relinquishing (birth) control

A poetic letter offering insight into the ideas that feather the nest of a young family.


Into this ol’ world

Learning to face both hope and fear in childbearing years.


Abstaining in a culture of entitlement

One couple's journey to honor God with their sex lives.

A pill for the diagnosis of fertility?

Taking another look at the faithful stewardship of the cycles of our bodies.

One kid, two kids, three kids, four?

Some considerations and resources for imagining a family.

Out of control

On balancing human agency with God's desires.

Best laid plans

A reflection on the reality of our limitations in family planning.

Kids in cars

The story of a journey to a five-member family and a mini-van.

Giving birth

Birthing experiences as teachers about our agency and our dependency.

Considering contraception

A response to catapult’s “Family Planning” issue.


Surrender after viewing

A review of the new Coen brothers film, Burn After Reading .


In case you missed it the first time

Waiting for the rising

A few life lessons from the ghosts of my ancestors.

Twice adopted

On negotiating a scarred family past to discover true identity.

Weaving the web

Unconditional Love

A powerful episode about the challenges parents face in loving and caring for children with special needs.


Rediscovering the happy family

Matt Frost writes about how children fit into the good life.




To breed or not to breed

A woman's reflections on the relationship between cognitive choices and great mystery.

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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