*The name of this sweet girl I’m about to tell you about has been changed for sharing purposes.  I will explain more about that later. 🙂 One day, not very many days ago, my sister called me.  I answered thinking it was just another one of those times when we try to catch up with …

Another holiday is upon us, and though this is the ONE day of the year our family values and celebrates more than others because of the sheer impact it makes on our Jesus-loving hearts, it’s still a holiday.  And we still struggle a bit.  You may not see much of your adoptive or fostering family …

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 I DO know… /// This is what I know… I know that time …

Many people who haven’t adopted and admire those who have think that we have rescued our child. Truth is, we’re the rescued ones. Rescued from selfishness. Rescued from anger. Rescued from a worldview that says doing “fun things” is more important than adding more kids to the family. Rescued from believing it’s all about us. …

The eyes are the window of the soul English Proverb On February 18th, I saw a picture, yet another picture of a little one without a family. Around the same time, I found out that the little one who had previously grabbed my heart and twisted it around her sweet dimpled fingers had a family …

This week has been a whirlwind.  So many things happening at once, events I don’t want to forget.  So a brief post, mainly because I seriously won’t remember some of this later on.  This is for real.  My memory is SO BAD.  I’m chalking it up to a lack of sleep and freakishly busy season …

I need some help, friends.  Like, big time help. Not so long ago, I saw this little cherub’s face pop onto my computer screen. And just like that, a piece of my heart was gone. Stolen. Just. Like. That. I’ve seen many an adorable face waiting for their family, and they all wreck me.  But …

It’s not my party {so I’ll cry}

I’m torn, y’all. Torn between the past I know my daughter has, and wanting to pretend that the past doesn’t exist in that way.  It’s a tough thing for a girl who loves history; I majored in it and taught it… it’s a legitimate passion! History can be rough.  The tendency of all people is …

then & now {EB Awareness Week/Orphan Sunday is coming… get ready!}

Yesterday we had Julianne’s 9-months-home pictures done.  True, it hasn’t been quite 9 months since we landed home-sweet-home on Texas soil, but… close enough, right? Got to thinking yesterday afternoon that it was the 9 month marker of one of the days of my life that will never leave my memory; the day we visited …

Excited to share an opportunity from my friend Kelly at My Overthinking.  If you’ve ever wondered what you could possibly do when it comes to orphan care and the massive NEED that exists, take a look at this.  It’s a small way to help in a practical way, and a humongous way to help in …