Welcome to Sacraparental


Blogging as hospitality

Sacraparental is my lounge, on a night when we’ve all changed out of our work clothes, people’s kids are in bed and we have something delicious on the coffee table. You are invited to drop in, drop onto a sofa, and talk together about important and nourishing things. Silliness and chocolate and geekery are also encouraged.

If you’re visiting for the first time, check out the Collections page, or this post could be a good tour-guide.

I like having voices other than my own as part of the conversation, so please (continue to) join in! Everyone is welcome, and welcome to their opinions.

Of course, you’re in my lounge, with other guests, so it would be kind of weird if anyone were rude or unkind or excluding or passive-aggressive. Apart from anything else, it can make cake go down the wrong way.

Speaking of cake, thanks for dropping in. Imagine I’ve made this or these for you to try.

If you are a long-time-reader-never-commenter, it would be lovely to hear from you when you feel ready. WordPress has a pretty detailed stats page that tells me, among other things, what countries readers are in and what links they have clicked to get here. It’s great to be able to put a name or voice to the location – please do say hi!

The Sacraparental Facebook page is the chatty kitchen off this slightly more serious lounge. Come and join us for more conversation and lots of links to fascinating things.

not a wild hera

I am a minister-turned-mother, a parallel-parking, brownie-baking, cryptic crossword-cracking wannabe hippie, a full-time feminist and mother of SBJ, born in December 2011.

I’m not really anonymous, and you can see me for real here. I just try to keep my and my family’s names and faces off the blog to give them the option (or illusion!) of privacy. If someone googles our names, it’s nice that they’ll find other things before this. ‘not a wild hera’ is an anagram I’ve used since university.

This blog is my weaving project. I think of parenting as a sacramental task, somewhere God can be keenly experienced. All the things I’m trying to weave into my parenting – hospitality, hilarity, feminism, emotional literacy, social justice, good nutrition, music, science, churchy stuff, everything – all of that is stuff I care about because I try to follow Jesus Christ.

You might be interested in some of that stuff for that reason or other reasons. Everyone’s welcome.

Other stuff

If you’d like to contribute a guest post, please get in touch at sacraparental [at] gmail [dot] com (that’s just a normal email address written weirdly to avoid attracting spam). We can have a chat about how the subject matter will fit into the palette here, and I may be keen to offer a bit of an edit to help it match other posts in terms of format and stuff.

I enjoy linking to art and artists in the posts. As far as I am aware, everything I have included is with permission or according to a Creative Commons licence. If I have used something of yours in error and you’d prefer a different form of use or acknowledgement, or for something to be removed, please contact me, again at sacraparental [at] gmail [dot] com.

If there’s no photography credit on a picture, it’s usually because I am the photographer. Please contact me before using any of those pictures in any way, and please don’t use any photos of my family for any purpose. Thanks!

Because I use the free WordPress blog software system, there will occasionally be advertising on this site. I don’t choose it or benefit from it; I don’t even see it, because it doesn’t show for logged-in WordPress users. If you see any ads that you think are inappropriate, please let me know.

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