Being the Story Keeper – Part 1 – History I remember as a child being a little fascinated with my baby book. Perhaps some of you remember looking at yours as well. In an analog world, it was a treasure trove of the things I couldn’t remember, and a view into my parents’ lives and […]
So, What’s Next?
No doubt about it: job loss affects every aspect of your life whether you are an athletic or the family. Ranging from financial to social to physical to emotional. A job loss hurts! You really liked the people you worked with and will miss them. It’s very lonely being by your self all day. Your job was a way to show the world your independence and the ability to take care of yourself and family. My job was my future, so, what’s next?
On Tuesday, January 12 of 2010 I was on my way home when a news story came across the radio. Haiti had been struck by a massive earthquake. Reports were still being solidified, but the initial headlines were that Haiti sustained significant damage to what little infrastructure she had, as well as potentially devastating loss […]
Strange. This year as Mother’s Day approached, I noticed things coming across my feeds that were disturbing. There were so many moms being “very convicted” by blog posts about things like “how not to be disappointed this Mother’s Day”. What? I saw post after post about entitlement, ungrateful children, indifferent husbands…from writers who were “graciously […]
Patina. It’s beautiful, but it isn’t instant. It develops over time, with age. You have to wait for it. It’s coveted by some architects, designers, and artists. And every patina is unique…a pattern all its own created by sun and weather and time…the gentle and the harsh of all of it. And what does this […]
My husband and I are raising a digital native. It’s been said, and rightly so, that ours is the first generation of parents that will have to impress upon its children the critical nature of what they put online: that it doesn’t go away, it can be dangerous, and privacy is often only perceived rather […]
A few weeks ago I was able to speak on a panel discussion about transracial adoption and being a multi-ethnic family. I love doing this. I walk away from these kinds of speaking engagements every time feeling like I’ve responded to my calling. At one point as we spoke, a man in the front row […]
Sometimes in our ethnocentricity we can wind up believing that the American church with all its comparative wealth and numbers has the market cornered on orphan care. The perception can arise, even, that the global work is all headquartered in the US. Not so. There is a movement in Mexico similar to what CAFO is […]
Many of you already know about The Christian Alliance for Orphans. Annually, CAFO holds Summit, a conference for those who are or who want to be involved in orphan care of any stipe…adoption, foster care, orphan care, sponsorship…the list goes on. I’ve talked about CAFO in the past. However, as I’ve followed the registration and […]
Oh goodness! The last many weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for our family, thus my absence on the blog. In my determination to finish the 40-day challenge, I offer up the following… Let me be clear: I am not generally a fan of the 700 Club. I often find myself incensed at […]
You may have heard about the new film called Stuck. This is a powerful film about the challenges that face our orphaned youth who are ‘stuck’ in the system. It’s premiering in Grand Rapids, Michigan tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 30) at 7pm at the AMC Star Theater on Alpine Avenue…and I have two tickets to […]