Faithful

Faithful

I know it has been very quiet on the blog. We were in a holding pattern as far as the adoption process goes. That undefined period of waiting, where you don’t know the progress of your paperwork, you have no control over how quickly things will move (or not), and you have no idea HOW LONG you will be waiting. The passage of Scripture we had been given in May (when we were waiting to hear if we would be allowed to host M again in the summer) was BE STILL and know that I am God. And in this time of waiting, we held onto that promise again, because we knew that the God of Angel Armies was fighting on our behalf. We were not in control, but He always is. We could trust through a quiet Christmas that He was working. We could face a New Year with the knowledge...

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Christmas Shopping with a Purpose!

Christmas Shopping with a Purpose!

God has blessed us with the opportunity to partner with several amazing companies who are helping us fund raise for adoption expenses.  And we have compiled a list of fundraisers that would make excellent Christmas gifts for many people on your list. As a double blessing, if you choose to support our adoption in this way, you are also helping many other projects around the world! Scriptcharms (personalized Scripture jewelry) is a brand new business started by a mother and daughter who have a heart to give hope and encouragement. They have BEAUTIFUL bracelets and necklaces that you can customize with your favorite Bible verses. They also will make customized mother bracelets, wedding bracelets, or first communication/confirmation bracelets. You can order jewelry...

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One Year Later

One Year Later

A year ago, today, I was a very different person. I struggled with fear and with what people thought about me.  I worried constantly about doing enough, being enough, finding enough to be truly happy. The abundant life, the peace, the joy I was promised seemed elusive. Things were, you know, fine. But I didn’t feel full of purpose. I had dreams that didn’t seem to make sense, and I felt a bit resigned to an ordinary existence. And then I stumbled across a crazy, far-fetched opportunity: invite a child into my home for four weeks. Open up my heart to a child without a mother and show her love. Step out of my comfort zone to show care for someone without comfort. Dig down deep to the bedrock of my beliefs to see if I trusted God enough to make this...

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Steps of Obedience

Steps of Obedience

“WHO is on the other side of your obedience?” Nancy Alcorn Here is how some simple steps of obedience have impacted the lives of others: Our family signed up to host because another family was selling books on a home school forum to raise money for their hosting fees. That same mama was praying that M would be hosted. She was a part of the answer to her own prayer. When we signed up to host, I started praying that other families in our area (and specifically from our church) to host. There was another mama from my church whom I had never met, who couldn’t host last Christmas, but she was praying that other people from our church would host. Her family hosted this summer. We were part of the answers to each others prayers. There was another mama that...

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Love Works

Love Works

One on the trickiest things I had to navigate when I became a host mom was how to treat my host daughter. I had planned and prepared for weeks before she came for winter hosting–praying for her, thinking about her, wondering what kind of person she was. And when she finally arrived and we had this beautiful, sweet girl depending on us …I was at a loss of how to act! At first we all rather awkwardly treated her as a guest. She was a stranger, after all. But I knew I had to lay aside my own feelings of awkwardness and insecurity and be willing to take a risk to show M love. I enrolled in a crash course on “Love is a Choice 101.” Although marriage and motherhood had taught me a few lessons, I needed the remedial course on showing love to...

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First Days

First Days

The first night with M is a blur. Her flight came in late, and we had made plans to spend the night in a hotel instead making the hours-long drive home. I did not sleep well because of my own fever, and Alison was restless and feverish all night as well. No one sleeps well in a hotel room anyway, but when a fitful and feverish toddler is writhing on your chest all night, it pretty much guarantees sleeplessness. It gave me a little compassion for how exhausted M must have felt, traveling all day and night, but it did not make the next day very easy for anyone. M slept in the next morning, and we missed the hotel’s continental breakfast, so Chris (my husband) ran to McDonald’s and brought back enough food to feed a soccer team. M was taller but much thinner...

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