First, let me warn you that this post is heavy. Emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically we are drained. Adoption is hard stuff. Every day we are reminded that the battle for souls and family is constant because the adversary is persistent. He does not want children in forever families where they can thrive. He wants… Continue reading Delays, Discouragement, and Hard Decisions: An Adoption Story
Storm Swells and Pictures
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.... And if that's the case, then this one is worth a million. For most families who walk side-by-side with children from hard places, photos like these capture the true magnificence of a moment where the power of love and hard work pay off. Recently, our family… Continue reading Storm Swells and Pictures
Where two pages meet…(SURPRISE!!)
Two years ago this week, we received an email from an adoption recruiter in Ohio regarding a sibling group on her caseload. At the time, we were considering our six from Nevada and were in the process of planning a visit and being matched with them. We replied to the email and didn't think much… Continue reading Where two pages meet…(SURPRISE!!)
Why Adopt Again…?
Recently, a worker in Ohio asked to share something we wrote about adoption a while back when we were adopting our six from Nevada. We were honored to be asked if she could share it and hopefully it will find the person wondering if adoption has been planted in their hearts. Domestically or internationally, there… Continue reading Why Adopt Again…?
We hear it all the time and sometimes it’s just written all over somebody’s face, “I don’t know how they do it”, when they see our large family. What’s typically not said, but generally in their undertone is this sense that we’ve got to be crazy. (And I don’t know that I would dispute that… Continue reading The Why’s
No, this isn’t a how-to lesson on insect fumigation and getting rid of ant hills. Instead, this is a post about how I learned to help my adopted children talk to me about their early childhood trauma and abuse. After 8 rages in 9 days, we were at our wits end on how to get… Continue reading Ant Hills
Broken Crayons Still Color
We are finally through day 2 of rages. It is days like this where I can see in to the very depth of my child's soul and all of the broken and smashed pieces and all I want to do is desperately put them back together. The rages are exhausting -- for all of us.… Continue reading Broken Crayons Still Color
That’s Too Many Kids!
We are used to stares and odd comments about our family. We get counted wherever we go and people often stop and ask us about our "story". We have fully embraced that we are different, but last week someone said something that was so offensive, I wanted to scream. Or bonk someone on the head.… Continue reading That’s Too Many Kids!