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Category Archives: what I’m learning

:: what makes us really free to give

The mail came just as we were walking out the door, in it a surprise package for the girls. Tearing into the paper, they found crayons and coloring books and one precious item that Emma immediately grabbed. “I snuggle with this in the car,” she announced. The 45 minute drive to a friend’s house was […]

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  • Rachel Dawn Lawrence - I LOVE this! I have come back to read it again and again to remind my heart of this truth.ReplyCancel

:: true words

A few months before leaving for Uganda, I heard something from the beautiful people out in Redding, CA about four phrases they teach to their youngest children’s classes to begin sealing truth on their little minds and hearts early. The phrases are: God is good, nothing is impossible, Jesus already won, and everyone is important. Immediately, I […]

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  • Abigail - This is so,so good. I don’t have any children yet but I so need this myself! Thanks for sharing…you are a beautiful mama to your girls!ReplyCancel

:: pink and red

Tonight the girls and I made a winter storm sanity escape to Chick-fil-A. We rushed in from the cold to a restaurant transformed. Pairs of daddies and daughters dressed up in their finest sat around pink tables topped with heart confetti. My heart sank as I watched the girls assess the situation. Every little girl […]

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  • Amy Seidel - I married for life and had a child. We divorced, and I adopted a child as a single mother. I struggled for a long time if adopting as a single person was right. I still think it’s better to have two happy parents, but that’s just not the reality for many. My adoption counselor made a comment, “Every kid will find something to complain about and every complaint is different. I don’t have a dad, I have a brother when I’d prefer to be an only child, I have a brother but want a sister…..” She wasn’t dismissing their feelings but pointing out that in any situation someone might wish for something else.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Ladd - always so so encouraged by your posts. praying for you and your girls daily!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie - Thanks for sharing. I’m on my own with my adopted daughters. They’re always telling people, “We have 3 dads – God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.” They feel pretty special.ReplyCancel

  • becky - Beautiful. Love this perspective. What is your user name on instagram?ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne McCall - In Honduras, Valentine’s Day is called “Friendship Day,” which makes it available to EVERYONE. Feliz Dia de Amistad, Mandie and E&E! We have the Best Friend of All, every day year ’round, so anything else is icing on the cake! Much love to you in Jesus, SuzyReplyCancel

:: building through prayer

When I was 21 years old, my prayers for my future children began to take shape. It was as if I knew they were already alive, not necessarily waiting for me yet, but growing up in their own places and living their lives apart from mine for a season. That year, I began to pray […]

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  • Brianne Peterson Talmadge - God has written you such a beautiful story! I love how he not only answers your prayers but gives you so much more than you could even asked for! We just got a new foster son and I’m learning to pray for him in ways I couldn’t have imagined. His pain and grief are beyond my understanding but I trust God will fill in the gaps and answer prayers I don’t even know to ask for! Praying for you and your girls!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne - God has written you such a beautiful story! I love how he not only answers your prayers but gives you so much more than you could even asked for! We just got a new foster son and I’m learning to pray for him in ways I couldn’t have imagined. His pain and grief are beyond my understanding but I trust God will fill in the gaps and answer prayers I don’t even know to ask for! Praying for you and your girls!ReplyCancel

:: Christmas in Africa

Merry Christmas from Uganda! Yesterday, we received final confirmation that the Embassy would not process any more visas before the holidays. They deserve a break, for sure, so we can’t complain. The first thought to cross my mind yesterday afternoon was, “Wow, we get to spend Christmas here.” There’s no telling what the next years will hold. […]

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  • Ornela Surli - DIOS CUIDALOS, TENGO MI CORAZON CON ELLOS LOS AMOReplyCancel

  • Katie Fenska - I haven’t stopped by your blog in a little while and was SO overjoyed to see the beautiful pictures of you with your daughters! God is so good! It has encouraged my heart so much to see Him working through you. Thank you for following where He leads. He is always a faithful Father.ReplyCancel