I Would Have Despaired Unless . . .

I wish I could say that my faith stayed strong through this whole adoption journey, but many times over the last 19 months I came close to despair. It was only the Lord’s goodness that gave me hope. And, as always, His goodness has come through. Right now, I am sitting in the Dallas Fort …

Happy New Year’s, Eve!

  January 1st has a new meaning for us this year that will be a part of our New Year’s celebration for the rest of our lives. Our baby girl Eve turned 4. This is her last birthday celebration away from home. In a couple short months, she will be in the arms of her …

Weary on Five-Minute-Friday

Today’s Five-Minute-Friday topic is weary. It should be an easy topic, for I am weary. Weary of all the adoption waiting. Weary of never-ending housework. Weary of sibling fighting. Weary of teaching. Weary of all the tragic news. Weary of daily life even sometimes. So, that’s the bad news. There is good news. The weary …

An Orphan’s Last Birthday

  Today, on the other side of the world, our little girl turned five. There are so many things I wish I knew about this special day.* I wonder. . . Did she wake up this morning feeling well and excited about beginning the day? Was she dressed warmly enough with her blond hair brushed …

The Post I Hope My Social Worker Never Reads

Today is one of those days when I said to my husband, “No one in their right mind would ever allow us to bring another child into this family.” And for a little while, I meant it.

Everyday Joy on Five-Minute-Friday

The joy of the Lord is your [my] strength. Nehemiah 8:10 Some days joy is hard. I don’t want to get out of bed. Don’t want to cook breakfast. Don’t want to referee fighting children. Don’t want to do my own chores, much less try to get my children to do theirs. Some days I …

Jesus Is in the Waiting

Wait. Wait. . Wait . . . It’s one of my least favorite words, but one we hear often in our walk with Christ. God is sovereign. His timing is perfect. He knows what He is doing. He has a plan. His plan is best. Trust Him. Yes, these are the words I tell myself. …

The fatherless/the Fatherless

My heart hurts tonight for the fatherless. For my little girl and all those like her across the ocean who live in tidy orphanages with predictable routines, multiple “mamas,” and “good” institutional care. For others beyond US borders whose orphanages are quiet because no one will answer, and where toddlers live with the constant stench …

12 Cents from the Heart

  Ever since we made our adoption journey public, one little girl has been faithfully giving to help bring our daughter home. A couple times a month, Darcee, age 8, hands someone in our family a dollar, a few coins, or an envelope with a few bills. Most recently it was 12 cents.

Christmas Is Jesus Birthday . . .

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in giving and receiving gifts during the Christmas season. As we make our lists, and shop, shop, shop, it’s easy to forget about a gift for the One Whose birthday we celebrate. Several times over the last few years, I have used a little game in our youth …