The update you’ve all been waiting for…


Ever since I blogged about our experience hosting an older orphaned child from the Kidsave Summer Miracles program, many of you have asked me if “Rita, ” the 12-year-old girl who stayed with us, ever found an adoptive family. Though I knew that good things were in the works, I was always hesitant to give… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 45)

— 1 — Our Kidsave child Rita left on Tuesday morning. Saying goodbye at the airport was tough. She was doing OK, but some of the other girls were hysterical; none of them wanted to leave. I’m still not quite ready to make any announcements about whether or not she’s found a family, mainly because… [Continue Reading]

Trusting God to bring good out of french fries

The other day I was at Sonic, ordering a chicken sandwich for Rita, when I spotted an ad for the crispy deep-fried iciousness that is their onion rings. (“Onion rings?” you ask. “But isn’t that junk food, which you gave up as part of your Saint Diet?” You see, dear reader, the little bit of… [Continue Reading]

Finding home

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 she… [Continue Reading]

Choosing patience

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 kids… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 43)

— 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 see… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 42)

— 1 — I’m having one of those days where I feel like I’m failing in every possible way; that, as I said on , God probably tried to call me to be a desert hermit back in my early 20’s but I wasn’t listening and now I’ve screwed it all up by trying to… [Continue Reading]

How to make a person cry in Hobby Lobby

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been plagued with worry ever since our Kidsave child Rita got here that she’s not having a good time; she’s a bit withdrawn and when we have mornings like we did today, where three of my children greeted the day by screaming at the top of their lungs for about 30… [Continue Reading]

Having nothing to offer

Today is day six of our experience as Kidsave hosts, and so far almost everything is going well. I say “almost” not because there are any problems with Rita — she is ightful — but because I’ve been surprisingly stressed about making sure that she has a good time this summer. All the other families… [Continue Reading]

About Kidsave (infopost)

The following is what I call an infopost, just a quick summary of a topic that I’m writing about a lot for me to refer to in posts so that new readers can understand what I’m talking about. If you’re a regular reader, you can skip this post. We are excited to be hosting a… [Continue Reading]