I have a cousin who (like the infamous Duggar family) has several children, each with a name beginning with the letter J: Jeffrey, Josiah, Jessica, Jasmine, & Jordan. My dear friend Sister in Oregon has three children, all fondly named after {upstanding, Republican} Presidents: Reagan, Lincoln, and McKinley. (Which explains the moniker of her hilariously honest Read More →

<—–This is a modest sampling of my cherished Adoptive Moms Support Group. An offshoot of Encompass Orphan Care, we meet year round on Thursday mornings. In total, our numbers are closer to 25 Moms, but summer is hard and the group looks different every week. I love these women. Each of them is as crazy- Read More →

An ancient Chinese proverb tells, “An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.” I don’t know, sounds a lot like the sovereign hand of God to me… All knowing. All seeing. All powerful. Intimately and intricately orchestrating Read More →

Hula skirts, horses, ziplines, and square dancing. Old friends, new friends, and packs of wild children running like wolves over the mountainside. Our family of four- soon to be five- just returned from a blessed escape to an enriching retreat, tailored to families that have adopted- or are currently in process. Far from cell phone Read More →

Yesterday, as I leisurely watched my kiddos splash & play in the local swimming hole- my phone rang. It was our agency. My heart stopped and I held my breath. It had been exactly a week since they had confirmed receipt of our dossier. A friend, who is several steps ahead of us with her Read More →

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: International adoption is crazy expensive. We have a few friends who have quietly, privately funded their adoption solely from their personal savings. More often, however, adoption becomes a true community effort, with family and friends rallying and supporting adoptive families: participating in fundraisers, providing grant reference letters, Read More →

I captured this moment in time today on my phone while on a quick My-Kids-Are-Used-To-Three-Recesses-A-Day stroll through our neighborhood. For the past year or more our beloved wagon has been relegated to backyard toy storage, but this afternoon our exuberant second born decided it was time to dust it off and take it for a Read More →