So, Now What?

This morning, I packed up my toddlers and went to moms’ group. We meet twice a month for coffee and snacks while we share about our lives and discuss that day’s topic from a Biblical perspective. We have ice breakers, which are usually pretty light and fun. Once it was, “What was the worst Christmas…

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Blessed By Boys

I am so very thankful to No Hands But Ours for sharing our family story on adopting two boys from China! You can check it out on their website or read below.  No Hands But Ours is an absolutely amazing resource for anyone considering adoption. It is filled with family stories of people just like…

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Caston’s Medical Update

On the morning of Caston’s surgery, I felt my breathing change. It was a little bit of panic setting in as I allowed scary thoughts into my brain. He’s having surgery because something is wrong.  What if they find something bad? What if they find nothing at all? What if… As I entertained all the thoughts…

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Sunshine in the Valley

I cried the whole way to church last Sunday. I was alone in the car, and I cried stinging tears from being overwhelmed by life and kids and circumstance. I cried so hard that I knew I couldn’t recover from the red, puffy eyes and sniffles before I walked into church. When we arrived in separate…

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The Child That Wasn’t Mine

A not-so-short story about the persistence of prayer. And rainbows. In the spring of 2015, with a new baby in tow, my husband and I visited an orphanage in China. It was where our son Caleb lived for the first twelve and a half months of his little life. It was a terrible day. I…

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It’s Not About Me.

Caleb has very recently decided that he hates both the stroller and the shopping cart. Perfect timing. We’re about to add a 16 month old to the mix, and I can’t have any of these people running free. It’s in the middle of his 30 minute screaming episodes in Target that I try to remain…

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Invisible Parenting

There’s no other way to say it. Last night, I had a very public, very humiliating parenting fail at the mall. It wasn’t a planned trip, which I’m sure added to a bit of the chaos. Nevertheless, the four of us there “acted ugly” as my grandmothers would have said. I’ll just jump straight to…

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A Little {Broken} Heart

A few weeks ago, I told you that my heart is broken. Broken for orphans everywhere. Not a day goes by that I don’t ache to do more. Give more. Be more for them. I want to also tell you about someone else whose heart is broken. His is broken in a much more literal…

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Heart {Broken}

Adoption has ruined so many things for me. There is a parking lot behind Lowe’s that I cannot pass without feeling a little pang of nostalgia mixed with elation mixed with sadness. It’s a terrible concoction because my body never knows whether to smile or cry. A few days after we accepted our referral for…

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They Say Hindsight’s 20/20

  hind·sight hīn(d)ˌsīt/ Noun understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. The funny thing about faith is that it’s so, so easy to say that you have faith, but when you’re tested you truly begin to understand what it’s all about. It’s not about proclaiming the fact that you…

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