An Adoptive Mom’s Journey to Motherhood: A Mothers Day Story

I used to hate Mother’s day.  Not because I was not grateful for my Mother or for what my Grandmothers did for me. They were and are great women.  I hated Mothers day because it was a day to remember and honor mothers. Something I longed so badly to be but was not. « Continue reading »

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Anniversary Gift from our Daughter

My wife and I just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary.  When we awoke that morning, our 8-year-old daughter was already awake and excitedly waiting for us.  « Continue reading »

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Welcome to Holland

I am the mother of an Autistic child. He is four years old and after a VERY rough start, including almost losing him at birth, and 3 weeks in the NICU, we are finally starting to understand him. « Continue reading »

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HAPPINESSISNOWHERE

I am reading the book, “Happiness Now” by Robert Holden.  He facilitates workshops on happiness and one of the exercises that he does is he puts up a slide that says HAPPINESSISNOWHERE” on the board and asks everyone to tell what they see.  « Continue reading »

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A Child’s View of Christ’s Crucifixion

On Easter Sunday, I had to stay home from church with Nate who had Croup really bad. When Marshall came home, I asked him what he learned at church that day. He said they showed him pictures of Jesus and how “the bad guys took his shoes and socks off so it would hurt more.  « Continue reading »

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When I Grow Up

The other day at dinner, we got talking about what we want to be when we grow up. Of course, I’ll never grow up, but that’s another story. « Continue reading »

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Perspective…

A father passing by his son’s bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up.  Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to ‘Dad’. « Continue reading »

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Being a Small Part of Adoption

Every social work job I’ve done has had a profound effect on me personally, and I don’t see how it couldn’t for every other social worker.  I’ve seen people of all walks of life and I really learn the meaning of “love one another” that Christ teaches us first hand.  You have to love the people you are trying to “help them help themselves” and better their lives. « Continue reading »

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Conversations With A Four Year Old..

My four year old son is always making us laugh. Here is a conversation we had in February. He just finished a bad coughing spell and this is what he told me.

Marshall: “Mom, I need a new froat. Cuz if I don’t get one then I will just go: (open and close mouth without making noise) er I will frow up and that’s not fun is it Mom?” « Continue reading »

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Parenting Lessons From A Suffering Child: Part 2

I felt like we had become spiders living in a web of wires and tubes. They clung to her feet and chest. They protruded from her nose, back, arms, and other uncomfortable places. It was difficult to move her or to even change her diaper. It was nearly impossible to pick her up. She was in a constant state of discomfort and pain where sleep comes in small spurts and only when weariness finally overcomes pain. « Continue reading »

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