• Adoption

    Answers

    This is one of those days when I wish I had been brave enough to share with you exactly what I had been praying for earlier, so that you could experience the thrill of answered prayer along with me now. Hearing a great story about God’s provision after the fact is always heartwarming, but there’s nothing like the wonder of a specific prayer answered clearly and definitely. Our family has been keeping a record of every person who has helped and supported us in this adoption, every answered prayer, and each milestone as we achieve it. It has been incredible to watch those lists grow. Over and over I question…

  • Adoption

    Today’s Discount: Forty Percent Off

    You aren’t going to believe me. I really wrestled with the decision to post this because I don’t want to destroy any credibility I might have earned here, but I decided it was such a powerful experience that it merited being included in my adoption story. You might close this out thinking I’m full of fantasy and false conclusions. That’s okay. Because it was very real to me. And it gave me a giddy hope that felt awesome. Yesterday, Jason was praying that God would provide for the adoption. Specifically because we haven’t seen much progress there lately. In fact, both the book and the adoption are sort of at…

  • Adoption

    A Stir

    October 25, 2017.  It has been 10 weeks since we decided to pursue another adoption. December 12, 2017.  It has been 3 weeks since I started the process of publishing a book. I am amazed at how much has happened in that time.  I have sent emails requesting permission to include people, photos and lyrics in the book.  I’ve completed an author bio and a book description. I had a headshot taken and submitted it. I sent in my current manuscript and the photos I want to include. I have made choices for formatting. Selected my endorsement hopes. Sent in my tentative title. Read and reread my manuscript so many…

  • Adoption

    Dreams

    I dream about the moment they lay a baby in my arms. Not because it’s never happened before, but because I know in my heart that there is one more. I have known it for a long time. Right now I see a mountain of fees in front of us, though. If my faith is big enough to know that there is one more member of our family out there, why isn’t it big enough to believe that God will provide the money? My friend, Amy, told me that $40,000 isn’t that much. “God can do that.” My sister-in-law said, “$40,000 is nothing to God.” My friend, Sarah, said, “I just…

  • Adoption

    Fundraising Has Begun

    The fundraising has begun! Last Saturday we had a booth at a local Christmas bazaar, selling my vintage jewelry collection, and other items generously supplied by friends and family. Amy came up with the idea of assembling Christmas wreaths to sell, and she even volunteered to make them! I came to help, and found her and her husband busy in her cold garage, Christmas music playing, making wreaths just for us! What kind and generous people! Amy’s brother-in-law donated handmade wooden toys, and my friend Jen’s husband created a metal art piece specifically for our sale.  My dad gave me two original watercolor paintings and my mom gave me a…