February 27, 2013

Someone Free

Someone sent this to me today. So powerful. So convicting.

It’s speaking specifically about sex trafficking..but can be applied to so many other things.

Who do we deem not valuable in society? Not worthy of a second (or third) chance? 

Not worthy of our time or response?

“When Jesus said love our neighbor did He really mean the prostitute down the street?”

Want to get involved in the fight against trafficking? go to www.IJM.org

February 24, 2013

Dealing with Death

It’s been a little over 2 months since my dad went home to God.  Some days it seems like that night was forever ago and other days it seems like it was just last night. Some days I know that he is gone. Other days it just seems like it isn’t real.  A paradox of emotions and thoughts.


2 months to begin to process all that has happened. I have a couple of suggestions or comments that I’d like to share from what we have experienced.

Suggestions for you!

#1) Sit down soon and talk with your special people and let them know what your wishes and desires are. about everything. WRITE IT DOWN. If there are special things you want for people to have—write it down.

#2) Put everything together that someone would need in the event of your death in a specific place. You don’t think about it..and think that you have so long before something could happen. But you never know. This is on my list to do pronto.

Here are some examples of what to have in a notebook here:


Suggestions for others:

#3) Don’t start making a list of what you want and let it be known that you want it. Don’t take things without permission (whether you had given them as a gift or not)  Wait for the family to bring it up. They are still processing the fact that someone is gone and giving away (or selling) special personal items is not even in their mind yet.

#4) Do not volunteer to be a pallbearer weeks before a person dies. Seriously.

#5) Do not criticize how people handle the funeral and the remains—especially if you aren’t family. Just don’t go there. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, you have free will to do what you want when your family member dies.

What has been the best help?

People who just be with you. 

God sent angels that night in the form of a couple of older men who just put a loving warm hand on my back as I said goodbye.  People who helped days after by cleaning and driving for us. People who ran errands. People who brought meals and told us they were praying.  People who called and said “I am here. anytime. just call me.”  and called again to repeat that.

My favorite? 

People who shared their stories of my dad. Of fun times. of laughter. of things he did that I didn’t know about. That’s what makes the hard times easier. 

Just some thoughts from a daughter who is missing her daddy.

February 19, 2013

a very special little girl needs help and a family


Can you help me share this post with anyone that you think would be interested?  We need to get this sweet girl the medical help she needs and a family.

Thank you!


From IAN:

We have another exciting opportunity to help a child in need. We want you to meet Baby M. She was born two months ago with several medical conditions that need immediate attention. The hospital in Mekelle contacted us for assistance, as the treatment needed is not available in Ethiopia. They state that “… her future life is under threat unless the problem is managed surgically.”

The doctors have diagnosed Baby M with Myelomengiocle (a type of Spina Bifida), Hydrocephalous and Clubfoot.

The doctors informed us that Baby M “… needs urgent attention to save her life as the management of her illness needs higher experts requiring surgical repair… that is not available in Ethiopia”

Our ultimate goal is to find Baby M a forever family; however our immediate goal is to provide the medical care she urgently needs.

We all know that it takes a village to raise a child and we believe with your help, resources, and connections, we will be able to drastically improve her quality of life.

If you would like to learn more about her conditions or resources available in your area:




If you would like to help or are interested in becoming her forever family, please contact us. Photos and medical information will be provided to serious inquires.

You can also contact IAN at:

1 303-691-0808 waitingkids@internationaladoptionnet.org

February 1, 2013

Women of the Bible--Hagar


“fugitive” or “immigrant”

I don’t know about you..but as an adoptive mother..this part rips my heart out. I wonder what my sons’ mothers felt when they made the choices that they did.

When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, "Let me not look on the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. . 18 Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation." 19 Then  God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness  and became an expert with the bow. 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

The story of Hagar has always seemed somewhat unfair to me. It shows when we make choices that are outside of God’s plan and out of fear and desperation (Sarah using her for the heir) that those choices can affect so many lives.

Thankfully God still hears our cries. He still bends low to rescue us. He still redeems situations and lives.

I wish that I could have all of you over for that Middle Eastern feast they suggest and discuss and share all of our thoughts and ideas. But we’ll have to settle for blog world.

What did you think?  Anything new come to you?  The issue of pride being in this story with Hagar was a new thought for me.

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