Over one thousand days ago I sat down with a calculator, a piece of paper, a pencil and a bruised heart. We were in the middle of the toughest days we had known to date.  Our post-adoption journey was difficult, and though… Read More

Sometimes you wake up to see the sun rise and are met with darkness, clouds, a downpour of rain off in the distance.  Unexpected.  Sure, it’s not what I rubbed sleep out of my eyes to see, but the downpour left me… Read More

It’s a joy to be able to share my heart at No Hands But Ours every month. This post is special to me.  I don’t pretend to know everything about parenting or adoption, or parenting through adoption.  But there are some things… Read More

If I could watch the world from the sidelines, I would. I don’t like being the center of attention, at least not for long periods of time.  It’s taken a decent number of years to be able to say “thank you” when… Read More

messy joy

Sometimes the mess of life makes my order-loving heart beat an uneven rhythm as I dwell on the clean-up to come.  Not today. Messy is good. Messy is what every day is. Family is messy. Loving each other well when we’re tired… Read More

It’s official. Summer of 2016 is in the books, and School Year 2016-1017 is off to a great start! Oh. Were you expecting super cute pictures of my kids? Whoops! Okay, okay. I did take some pics of them, and, as per… Read More

It’s single digits until the kids go back to school (not that I’m counting). It warms my heart to hear them talking about how they can’t wait to go back because, let’s be honest, I can’t wait for them to go back… Read More

first friend

These two faces. Be still my heart. Today was our last time to get together and play here, because Miss G and her family are moving to another state in a few days. It absolutely broke my heart to see these sweet… Read More

Our summer is moving along, lickety-split, and if I’m being honest, it’s actually been pretty good. This time last year, I could have not anticipated how much better this year would be. Last summer we were living in the the freshly-home-cocoon.  This… Read More

from the zoo…

It gets pretty hot.  But I’m thankful there are a few reasonable hours in the morning.  And for these… my people… who agree to the picture on the hippo every time we are here. ❤️