And the winner is…

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I picked a random number with the help of, and the winner from the giveaway from earlier this week is Theosis, who said that her favorite 7 Quick Takes post from last week was Rebecca’s. Theosis, email me with the subject “giveaway winner” so that I can get you your prizes. And a… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 44)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — Last week I mentioned in quick take #7 that I was feeling extremely stressed because of a lack of “introvert time.” I made that a high priority this week, and I feel so much better mentally! In fact, seeing what a drastic difference that made to both my mental and spiritual… [Continue Reading]

Finding home

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The ride home from the airport after we picked up our Kidsave child Rita was a little tense. We quickly found out that when they said in her bio that she speaks some English, by “some” they meant “not a single word.” A Colombian social worker named Maria was with us as well, and… [Continue Reading]

9 Tips for Spiritual Dry Spells

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It seems like a lot of people I know are going through spiritual dry spells lately, feeling apathetic about their relationship with God and/or feeling like God’s voice is silent during a difficult time. In case it’s helpful to anyone, I thought I’d post a list of some practical tips I’ve heard on the… [Continue Reading]

My first giveaway!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve always loved the concept of giveaways and have wanted to do one for a long time, but wasn’t sure what I could give away. Then a couple weeks ago Mary Ostyn of Owlhaven offered me a couple of review copies of her fabulous book, A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family,… [Continue Reading]

Choosing patience

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When we found out that all our paperwork was approved and we’d be hosting a Kidsave child this summer, one of the first things I thought was that I was going to have to work on patience. I had always thought of myself as a fairly patient mom, especially considering my circumstances with four… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 43)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — We went to the San Antonio zoo yesterday. In 101-degree heat. With a four-hour round trip drive. Does that sound challenging? It was. However, it was all worth it to meet up with the other Kidsave families — who are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met — and to… [Continue Reading]

Hint, hint

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Pssssst. Tomorrow will be a good day to participate in 7 Quick Takes Friday. I’ll tell you why on Monday. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail

Inconvenient love: A lesson from a movie theater

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week I took our Kidsave child Rita and the Colombian chaperone Maria to see a free morning showing of the movie Kit Kittredge that one of the local theaters was offering. Rita put on one of her favorite new outfits, and she and the chaperone were excited about this special treat. The theater… [Continue Reading]

One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children (Part 3 of 3)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I am honored to post the final installment of my interview series with a couple named Kimberly and Jimmy who are adopting HIV-positive children from Ethiopia. If you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, see the links above. Q: What kind of life expectancy do… [Continue Reading]