Category Archives: Adoption

There’s a lot of people who if they found out they were expecting another child would freak out, cry, and worry how in the world they would do this parenting thing without losing their minds only to stop freaking out, accept it, adjust their life to make room and capacity, and tend to arrive at […]

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3 1/2 and almost 6. Best of friends. Constant agitators. He tattles on her.She smacks him around. He’s daddy’s boy.She’s mommy’s joy. Both love jumping on the bed, parks and French fries. Both hate cheese, bedtime, and being left out. When they get to giggling together it’s the best. When they can get into everything within minutes it’s the worst. I love that they […]

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This photo was taken 5 years ago to the day. This was the first time I held Abel in my arms. The first time I laid eyes on my new son. The first time we fell head over heels in love with this child! But let me tell you something about what made this moment […]

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Update on our sweet Isla Rose: Heart: We JUST got the word that they are NOT going to do a heart cath on her!! The cardiologist team have done multiple heart echoes and it keeps looking better and her heart is performing great! She still has the holes that will need surgery to be fixed […]

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You people are Best of Basket crazy! You guys LOVE these things. Thank you for all of your feedback and for your donations and most of all for your friendships and support as we bring sweet Isla home. Click HERE for updates on how she’s doing.                  Do […]

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We are now T-Minus 3 weeks!!  As of yesterday She’s FULL TERM! I’m doing everything I can to settle down and WAIT WELL.  For a few days we thought she was coming early due to her heart rhythm “not having much variance”… but then after an overnight stay her heart beat got “happy” again and […]

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she’s 37 weeks pregnant. I feel 37 weeks pregnant. she’s weary and tired. I’m weary and tired. she’s nervous.  I’m nervous. she’s ALL IN. I’m ALL IN. she’s got her heart on the line. I’ve got my heart on the line. she loves this baby so much her heart hurts. I love this baby so […]

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Ya’ll ready for Best of Basket #2!!!   Here it is! For this one I wanted to celebrate my favorite aspects of Home and Belonging in this basket.  So if you love photography, documenting, reading, journaling, and prints both inspirational and documentary then you’ll love this collection of goodies! It’s valued at over $600…. but […]

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I wanted to post about this article because I wanted to stand up and jump up and down and say YES!!! THIS!!!! as I was reading the whole thing…. Here are a few excerpts of my favorite parts… but really it all was my favorite so go read it HERE.  The end of mass abortion […]

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Someone was telling us today (as a form of encouragement I guess?) that it would be very difficult for us when we are in our 60’s and Abel passes away in his 20’s. (yes… I was making the same face you are.) And that’s not the first time a person has made mention to his […]

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These faces and their stories represent so much brokenness and hurt and loss. And if dan and I were to lie down with them it would add even more sin and pain and grief. Please don’t think that we have this beautiful family because we live a good life or are deserving or because we […]

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We quit all therapies for Abel a few months ago and what a difference it’s made in our family. I’m not saying that therapy is bad (and I miss those sweet friends) it just wasn’t right for us…for Abel…for what I want him to become. I got weary of the checklist of what he was […]

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I wonder.I truly wonder if OB Doctors/nurses/medical staff handled the diagnosis of Down Syndrome differently….in utero and at birth, if they viewed it as just different and to be celebrated vs. acting like it’s a death sentence and talk in hushed tones and then come into the room and deliver somber news and walk out. […]

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  Just came across this photo of Ezra today… and I’m just in awe of all that God has done in this little boy and in my heart since this photo was taken when he was found at 8 months old. Friends… people ask me all the time if we are done adopting, and honestly, […]

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Can I just be really honest for a little bit.  I wanted this post to be filled with resources and stats and bullet point lists of why more singles should adopt.  But that’s not what is on my heart and so I thought I would just start typing and see what flows out of the […]

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  He said. The Generational Effects of Adoption Looking Back Depraved Indifference Adopting CJ Romanticizing Adoption. Don’t do it. She said: Had I but known – Noel Piper A great perspective from a little girl who was fostered then adopted and is now a mommy herself. When the thread hangs out. BEFORE  *  DURING  * […]

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  “She bent forward to look, then gave a startled little cry and drew back. There was indeed a seed lying in the palm of his hand, but it was shaped exactly like a long, sharply-pointed thorn… ‘The seed looks very sharp,’ she said shrinkingly. ’Won’t it hurt if you put it into my heart?’ […]

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Having grown up around adoption… having parents who were adoption advocates… now being an adoption advocate as well as an adoptive parent, well I tend to listen to and get into a lot of conversations about adoption.  And I find that usually if someone hasn’t been around adoption much that they are always quick to […]

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“To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams”  1 Samuel 15:1  King Saul had been commanded by God to do a hard thing… a complete thing…to destroy a nation, everything in it! But King Saul didn’t fully understand why He would command that and decided that  it […]

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