My name’s Abigail. I’m a wife to Tom, the guy whose shoulders have expanded to carry our whole crew.

We are the Dodds. The history of our name is a bit amusing. Dodd is an English word meaning rounded hill, as in The Great Dodd. The name Dodds also has Germanic and Welsh origins, as in dud, meaning small rounded man. It seems either way we’re closely descended from hobbits.

We are members at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities. I write stuff: articles, Bible studies, the occasional song, and of course, this blog. Our youngest son has special needs, or, what we used to call, disabilities. He has some areas of his brain that are small, he has a feeding tube, and is generally a pretty spectacularly awesome little guy. He follows in a line of spectacularly awesome siblings, so it was to be expected.

In the world’s eyes (and my own), a stay-home mom of five, one a disabled little guy, has little to offer. And without Christ, that’s true. Thankfully I’m not without Christ–he has apprehended me and put me safe in himself (Col. 3:1–3). Even more, he has put himself in me: the hope of glory (Col. 1:27) and given me life by his Spirit (Rom. 8:9–11).

When Jesus was crucified on the cross, more was happening than the death of a man. The nails that were pounded in Christ’s flesh, were simultaneously nailing our record of sin and debt to that same cross and it was God’s hands pounding away on the nail (Col. 2:14). He loves us. We don’t just get to live because of Christ, we get to die with him–die to sin and our old selves–that’s how we get free. And one day, we will surely be resurrected with him, and appear with him in glory (Rom. 6:5–11; Col. 3:4).

Christ is before all things; he made all things; he holds it all together (Col. 1:15–20). Even us; even this blog. My mission is to draw myself and others to the reality that Christ is all and all is Christ’s so that one day we will be presented mature in him (Col. 1:28). 

I hope you find Christ to be, not only the ground under your feet, but the One in whom you are hidden, safe and secure. May he be our all in all.

“Christ be with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ where I lie, Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every  man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me” (Excerpt from St. Patrick’s Breastplate).


16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Abigail,

    Tom passed on, recommended your blog to me a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to check it out for awhile.

    It is no surpise that Tom has been graced with you in his life, he mentions you frequently and always with such gratitude. May you both continue to be blessed.

    I am at work so can’t spend too much time here initially reviewing your postings, etc. However, I did notice that you mentioned Jane Austin. I have to tell you that probably my favorite movie, definitely the best adaptation, would be the BBC production of Persuasion. Have you seen this? It is not the latest incarnation but the most beautiful, subtle and joyous movie I can remember seen.

    Below is the link (if it works) from Amazon. This was dated 1995 and stars Ciaran Hinds & Amanda Root.


    Also, I guess my connection to you may be through my recommendation (to Tom) of Jay Nordlinger’s “Impromptus” on NRO. I never miss one and was glad to hear you found some enjoyment in them.

    All the best.

  2. Hey Abigail!

    It’s been too long 🙂 You always been a favorite cousin of mine, what a treat to read more about you and things that you are passionate about. Your family is beautiful and you are inspiring in your dedication to God and your kids. I can only pray that I’ll be just like you when I’m a mom. Thanks for your thoughts and best wishes!


  3. Aww, thanks for your sweet comment Breanne.

    I’ve been thinking about you with the big graduation coming up. Congrats on all your hard work and I hope it goes wonderfully!


  4. Ab-
    You forgot to add “niece” to your list of roles you fill in life. That’s a very important one. ….because you’re MY niece. 🙂

  5. Abigail,
    Great blog! Just talked with your dad (my doctor) and he mentioned you have a top 10 list of things NOT to say to a pregnant woman – this would be excellent fodor for my 15 year old son who does not seem to be gifted with prudence quite yet… can you help me find it?

  6. Hi Abigail (just had a baby girl whom we gave that name too! “My Father’s joy”! Beautiful!),
    I also just read your article on Desiring God about developing our second bests, and I ended up on your blog site. Thank you so much for sharing those words. I really needed to hear them. Keep on writing! God is using it to bless and encourage many!

  7. Dear sister,
    I’ve been skimming your blog today, linked from Desiring God. I must tell you, though I don’t know you personally, there is great hope and joy presented to me when I see the faithful witness of sisters from all corners of the earth. Your heart song is True and therefore beautiful. May the God of all comfort grant you peace as you continue in His will. My mind leaps at the thought of worshipping our Lord together with brothers and sisters I’ve never met in this lifetime. And at that last trumpet sound, as mentioned in the last verse of that hymn, may we in HIm be found! What joy it is to know His body, on this earth, and forevermore! Thank you for your words of transparency. Be encouraged, a heart after His is precious and rare.
    Laboring with you,

  8. Abigail,
    I stumbled across your blog tonight from a desiring god article you wrote about us women and our bodies. I wanted to write you a quick note and thank you for the encouragement that you have given me from your story and your blogs over the past hour. I can’t wait to read more when it’s not 12:30am! I am also a stay at home mom with my three little girls and was very encouraged by your story and your joy/endurance in raising all of your children. We also live in Minnesota on the north side of the cities. Thank you for your encouragement and for the truth and solid doctrine you bring. It’s so refreshing to have someone’s blogs to read who obviously loves Jesus Christ and his unexpected, yet fulfilling plan for our lives! Keep doing what the Lord has called you to do-you are very inspiring!


  9. Hi, Abigail,
    Your treatment of women in relation to work and mothering was thorough and God-focused. Your presentatation of womanhood as a gift from God, with specific purpose for every woman in whatever circumstance, was profound, encouraging, challenging, and it rang with truth. Thank you.

  10. Hi Abigail — San serif font in a reply box is not really sufficient to express my thanks, but thank you! for your blog and your writing. Thank you for your thoughtful questions and wise reflections. I am astounded by your faith-affirming, Christ-centered conclusions, so beautifully expressed. As a struggling new mom, I’m blessed by your blog. May God continue to increase in you and use your words for his glory.

    1. And what font would be sufficient I wonder? 😉 Didot perhaps? Iowan Old Style?

      Thanks for your comment and your keen awareness of the influence of font. 😉

    1. Hi Clay! Thanks for pointing us to embryo adoption. I did reference it in the article–I wonder if you read the part about Paul and Susan Lim and their daughter whom they adopted as an embryo? Thankful you’re waving the flag for it and pray many will be moved toward it!

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