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Foster Parent Prayers Day 3

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1-2

I have discovered there is a lot of worry that can accompany the foster care journey. Our kids come to us with sad and sometimes scary stories. Sometimes they are reunited before we think they are (or their bio family) ready. Sometimes a judge orders contact with a parent that hurt them physically. Sometimes they are exposed to domestic violence. Sometimes– heck, most times– we don’t get much of a say for their safety or well being outside of the walls of our home.

I have also discovered that worrying and fretting doesn’t serve a purpose other than to work me up and stress me out. A wise friend reminds me frequently that fear and faith can’t co-exist. So, the next time you are worried about the safety of your foster child or the uncertainty of their future, turn your worry over to God. I keep a prayer journal and many of its pages are me pouring my heart out to God on behalf of the kids in my care. Trading my worry for faith that He will cover them with His shadow and keep them safe.Will you trade yours today, too?

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You’ve Got This, Mama

My monthly post for The MOB {Mothers of Boys} Society is up over there.  I wrote about a difficult topic but one that many of us mama’s have or will face.  Would love you to join me there today!  

My Real Children

One of the questions that annoys me {and many other adoptive parents. I’m sure} is “are you her real mother?” Or, even better, “are they real brothers?” Really? They share the same parents and the same last name, what do you think? For the record, real moms come in a variety of packages.  Some carryContinue Reading

When Parenting Teens and Young Adults is Hard

Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids could look at the replay of our lives and consider our mistakes a lesson learned on their behalf, thus saving themselves from anguish and heartache? If you read here regularly, you know I write a monthly column for The M.O.B Society, a popular website just for mama’s ofContinue Reading

Wisdom from a toddler?

It’s been awhile since I’ve been around toddlers, considering that my youngest son is almost 16! Since moving to Florida I’ve been spending lots of quality time with my youngest niece and nephew {almost a year and 3} and my Sweet Pea {who will turn 3 September 1st} is staying with the hubby and IContinue Reading

Dear Weary Mom: The days go by so fast

I texted him at 9pm “This time 17 years ago you were 45 minutes old Love you so much!” How does seventeen years go by in the blink of an eye? How do you put the brakes on this growing up and becoming a man thing that is happening before your eyes?  How do you look upContinue Reading

Worth the Wait

  Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Have you ever prayed for something for such a long time that you started to wonder if God was listening?   The longer the wait, the shorter my faith. Shame on me. It was 17 years agoContinue Reading

About that extra 21st chromosome

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. Just typing that makes me smile.  My life has been blessed by knowing several people with an extra 21st chromosome. Each one has brought joy to my life, especially Shawn. Shawn has taught me A LOT in the three years I’ve known him. Like the joy of turning upContinue Reading

Loosening My Grip

Sometimes, when I am quiet in this space, it becomes increasingly intimidating to return. Is anyone reading here still?  And the haunting question always lurking in this writers mind– do I have anything important to say? But God, sweet friends! He just doesn’t give up on this pen to paper call He has placed inContinue Reading

Homecoming

We don’t always realize how beautiful the tapestry of our life is turning out to be.  We get caught up in the busy of everyday life and fail to take note of the extraordinary way He weaves things together.  Friends, even when life doesn’t make sense or you are left wondering why God lays somethingContinue Reading