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 …

free

I’m thankful to be free as an American. I’m even more thankful to be free in Christ. Freedom comes with the responsibility to beware of abuses… and while it is easy these days to scroll social media and read all about abuse various groups feel their freedom is experiencing, these things should pale in comparison …

Yesterday made me realize that there is never a wrong time to focus on gratitude.  So, that’s the plan for July!  Every post, every photograph… all focused on being thankful.  And what better timing?  July is here and the full-steam-ahead month of June is behind us which leaves a blazing hot month of no-school-for-kids and …

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 …

You saw my daughter today when we were out at Costco.  I was just by the meat counter when I noticed you, noticing her. A few steps further, I picked up a container of blueberries, my daughter’s favorite, and noticed you, noticing her. A few steps further and you were right beside us, staring down …

Created for Care {2016 thoughts}

It’s difficult to process something like the experience I had this weekend.  There are so many layers to it; peeling them off needs to be done gently and with care as to not disturb all that I want my less-than-stellar memory to try to hold on to. Created for Care. A retreat specifically designed for …

a gift for myself

It has been 21 days since last you heard from me!  It’s a little difficult to believe that so much time has gone by; it really feels like much less time than that. In these past 21 days, lots has happened. Julianne has changed even more.  Her status as the house Sass-Master has been solidified. …

writing goals

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately.  A. Lot. I’ve always enjoyed it in its various forms. Dear Diary Journals Notebooks (the more grown-up version of the diary… or at least I thought so!) Writing papers in school (yeah, I liked that, too) Writing freelance standardized test questions (yes, that’s a thing!) Blogging I …