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February 6, 2020

I’m originally from the Midwest. About six years ago, we transplanted to the South. We expected a change in weather; what we didn’t anticipate is how much influence the weatherman has over our state! 

When he speaks, people listen...and spring into action! I’m tell...

December 27, 2019

Gosh, it just seems like the past year has been filled with struggle. And I don’t like it. But come to think of it, prior years were filled with struggle, too. It was different struggle than this year, but it was struggle nonetheless.

This is the season when we r...

December 7, 2019

Too much to do. Too many appointments to make. Too much to spend. Too much being asked of me. Too many crazy people. Too little time...


Perhaps one of the most incorrectly-quoted Biblical principals says, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” This sentime...

October 26, 2019

One of the challenges of parenting children from hard places is the inevitable power struggle. Conventional parenting that most of us were raised with says something like, “I’m the parent, you’re the child; I know what’s best for you, so you do what I say. If you don’t...

October 13, 2019

When #LegendaryE was about 15 months old, I had some painting I needed to do. I collected up the supplies that I would need- paint brush, roller, stir stick, and sandpaper. I realized that the plastic drop cloth I needed had been put under the kitchen sink. #LegendaryE...

October 7, 2019

Well, today was finally the day. As much as I dreaded it, I couldn’t put it off any longer. Come what may, the twins’ room had to be cleaned. 

Our twins, #PrincessAna and #ChickenLittle are 11. Eleven year olds are, by far, the messiest, grossest class of children. Anyo...

September 19, 2019

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you need them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you the best they know how. -Unknown

When last we counted, we have welcomed 20+ kids into our home and family over the years. Some stayed briefly, some stayed for a season, an...

June 14, 2019

We’re in over our heads.

Throughout our foster journey, I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve felt that. And thought that. And said that. Usually it’s in moments and seasons when we’re dealing with especially difficult behaviors. But even in the good times, I th...

February 11, 2019

I saw a picture of my son’s birth dad today, and I grieved. It wasn’t a recent picture, it was from when he was a child, just like my son. The eyes. The mischievous smile. It was as if I were looking at my own son. And I grieved.


I don’t know much of what happened afte...

January 25, 2019

I have been really angry lately. The world is full of injustice. I believe to my core in fighting for what is right, but it is so hard to press on. Beneath the anger, there is deep sense of sorrow. The weight of it all is so heavy, and I am tired of carrying it. 

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