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Adoptive Family To-Don’t List

Adoptive Family To-Don’t List

As an adoptive parent, it’s easy to grow frustrated with people in regards to how they think about adoption, ask inappropriate questions, or misunderstand what you’re doing when you adopt.  The easiest thing in the world is to go on a social media rant about…

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If there must be trouble…

If there must be trouble…

Life is a battle, but most of us are fighting it too short sightedly.  We’re fighting to pay the mortgage.  We’re fighting to keep our temper in check.  We’re fighting for happiness and a scrap of dirt on the ground.   We’re fighting for a…

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The Expense of Adoption

The Expense of Adoption

The most offensive thing about adoption is the outrageous financial expense.   In fact, it causes a lot of people to walk away in fear. In this 5 minute clip, I talk about the need to press past the fear of finances and tell a miracle story…

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You Are Not Disqualified

You Are Not Disqualified

I took a call from prospective adoptive mother yesterday, and I could sense her fear over the phone.  She and her husband had adopted internationally a few years back and they were wanting to adopt domestically, but she had questions. After a few general questions,…

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Not Always The Picnic You Packed For

Not Always The Picnic You Packed For

Yesterday’s post on the state adoption system stirred up some great conversation and spurred both an addendum to the post and a fix to a fact I had wrong, having misread the original story.  I’m grateful for those who raised flags for clarity’s sake.  Sometimes…

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What The State Doesn’t Do Well

What The State Doesn’t Do Well

Often I’m asked why I am such a strong proponent of private adoption.   Stories like this are one reason. ______________ My heart is heavy this morning for a family in Utah. Children were found in a dangerous home.  The state of Utah took them into custody…

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The Experiment Continues

The Experiment Continues

We’re looking forward to our second Fall gathering this Sunday at 6pm at Covenant Chapel Auditorium. We had a great time with everyone in October and believe November’s gathering will be even better. Here’s why: Kelsey is speaking! Yep. A real live girl preacher. Jaye…

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Blogging to Myself – What To Do When You’re Tired

Blogging to Myself – What To Do When You’re Tired

I’m tired.  Not ‘need a nap’ tired.  Not ‘ran five miles’ tired .  Really tired. I’m kind of tired that comes from having started down the journey of a jumbo sized family several years ago.  Having a large family is a little like running a…

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All the wrong dreams…

All the wrong dreams…

For the past few years, in teaching and writing, I’ve mused about Jeremiah 29.  It’s essentially a letter from Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon, encouraging them to build houses, build families, and pray for the city of Babylon because – like it or not…

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Orphan Sunday Message

Orphan Sunday Message

Thanks to my friends at Hope Church in Dayton for the audio of yesterday’s message and the great time on Orphan Sunday.

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