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 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.

Love Can Be Sticky

Sticky Love Notes

  So many days I feel like the worst mother ever. My children complain about how unfairly they are being treated. I lose my temper and yell. The house is a disaster. We barely seem to survive the day. I get the feeling that they, too, think I am the worst mother ever. Then I …