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
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
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!!)
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…?
When Mark died, Ben was only 8 years old. They were best friends and buddies, and he was Mark's little shadow. And, he didn't cry. We were worried. I sought advice from a counselor, researched a little on the internet, and then followed my mom instincts. "If I had been sleeping on the couch, I… Continue reading 7 Ways to Help Your Kiddo Cope with Grief (& helps for big people, too)
Last Monday, after several days on a ventilator, I said goodbye to my Dad and watched him slip peacefully in to the eternities. It's been hard...and surreal...and exhausting...and heartbreaking...and tender. We are grateful for our faith and knowledge we have of eternal life and while we are devastated that we lost him here in this… Continue reading Saying Goodbye
It's after midnight and I just finished having a tender heart-to-heart with my 13 year old. It's not the kind I expected to be having -- we didn't talk about girls or music or baseball like we normally do. Instead, we talked about pain tolerance, life insurance, and muscle biopsies. We both cried a little… Continue reading You Are Wonderfully Made
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!