MLK Day and suppertime talks about race

MLK Day and suppertime talks about race

It’s Martin Luther King Day! Our family drove a U-Haul into Abilene, Texas around Martin Luther King Day 16 years ago after living nearly 10 years in Latin America. I’m sure I didn’t even know about the holiday because I was focused on moving boxes, naked windows and...
When life gets out of control and fear creeps in

When life gets out of control and fear creeps in

Do you feel afraid of what’s ahead? Maybe it’s changes that you’re anticipating—a new season for the family, new job, new commitments. Or maybe it’s the old that you’re afraid of. You’re afraid the old problems will stay the same and you can’t handle them much longer....
“I can’t.” — Hard words to say from the other side of adoption

“I can’t.” — Hard words to say from the other side of adoption

Today is his first birthday. I won’t be sharing any cake with him. At the most, my daughter will forward a picture of him that she’ll receive from his mom and dad–his adoptive family. The day he was born is probably the only birthday I’ll share with him because...
3 Surprises about the pain of love in our adoption story

3 Surprises about the pain of love in our adoption story

When we adopted the twins, I was confident that love would set things right to their very wrong beginning. I grew up watching love heal wounds, reconcile conflicts and instill hope. So naturally, I counted on our love to do the same for the twins. We addressed their...
Adoption – “Who am I”

Adoption – “Who am I”

“Who am I?” That’s the question that typical teenagers ask as they trudge through adolescence. It can be grueling as they seek the answer to that seemingly simple question. For anyone in near proximity, the process can be downright painful to watch, even dangerous if...