The Privilege of Now

I am not always thankful. I had even considered skipping this post this week, to be completely transparent. A rough week in physical therapy, emotions on edge over some family drama, preparing for family vacation, graduation for Jason, etc, etc, etc. and I have felt overwhelmed and at times, downright ungrateful. I look at my to-do list and cringe. I think about my upcoming surgery and I have nightmares. I consider the van ride to Florida with four teenagers, a 9 month old and a dog and I want to hide in a suitcase. Then, I read articles like this and I am broken before Him.  I was the foster kid, Miss S. was the foster kid, my Jason could have been a foster kid. How can I not be thankful for the gift of living this crazy life? The laughter, the tears, the problems, the fears are … [Read more...]

God sets the lonely in families…

Many of you know that orphans (and to me this is any child without parents- foster children or orphans in Ethiopia) have always been a passion of mine. Now, reading Radical, has lit a fire under that passion once again. Reignited the passion of my heart in a way that can't and won't burn out.  Yes, my hubby and I donate to Reece's Rainbow and Compassion and many other agencies but we want to do more.  We need to do more. I am spending a lot of time asking God how He would like us to proceed- what should we be doing to help.  Our help will take many different forms over the next few months but today I feel God wanting me to use this platform- my blog- to raise awareness. The title of this blog post comes straight out of the Word: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God … [Read more...]

Reece’s Rainbow

I have always had a heart for children.  Children without loving families.  Children with special needs. When I first started blogging I discovered the website, Reece's Rainbow.  This is a ministry serving the needs of children around the world with Down Syndrome and other special needs, helping them find their forever families.  While it was not in the cards for my husband and I to adopt any of these special kids (my heart for our family is foster care) I will never tire of raising awareness of this special ministry. On March 21, 2010 (to honor the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome presented in Down syndrome), the world comes together to raise awareness and advocate for people living with Down syndrome. Because Reece's Rainbow has an international focus, we are doing our part to … [Read more...]

Children Count Too!

Every child loves a good game of hide and seek. There are the fun butterflies they get in their tummies when they're waiting to be discovered and the pride they feel when they're able to count to ten and then yelling, "Ready or not, here I come!" But children who are hidden from the U.S. Census counts (taken only once every 10 years) are not a laughing matter. So, ready or not, here comes 2010 Census ... and you have an important role to play! Many parents may not realize the importance of accurately reporting the number of children in their family, including newborns. The truth is that the undercount of children means that we do not get a true picture of our nation and our communities do not get their rightful share of public funds. Why Children Count Too Children have been … [Read more...]

Suffer the little children…

As most of you know I have a passion for parentless children.  Whether that be orphans in Haiti or foster children here in the United States, I believe in the promise of Psalm 68:6 where the Bible says: God sets the lonely in families... I love that verse.  If you want to be further inspired about this important topic, my friend Kim is guest posting on @RealLifeSarah's blog.  You can read her touching story here. Then read below to see how you can get more information about an organization that finds forever families for children that need them. Last year AdoptUsKids hosted two adoption chats on Twitter.  As a result, some Twitter users actually made the decision to move forward with the adoption process. If you missed our earlier events, please join us for a live Twitter party later … [Read more...]

What is this blog for anyway?

Image by frances1972 via Flickr I arrived home from Blissdom with a heavy heart. Mind you, I had a fabulous time (with a capital F) and learned a lot. I also realized that I had strayed from my passions- the passions that led me to start this blog in the first place almost two years ago.  I have been working on shifting my focus back to sharing life from my heart with my readers.  (All my product reviews, giveaways, professional organizing advice, etc. will be on my professional organizing site starting March 1st.) I blog about life. Life as an adoptive mom of a child with severe emotional and behavioral issues, life as a mama of all boys, life as a mama of all tween/teen boys, life as a wife, life with multiple sclerosis and lupus, life as a former foster child, high school drop out … [Read more...]

Expect the Unexpected

Today for Thankful Thursday, our host Lynne chose the theme of being thankful for the unexpected. Ha! That could be the theme of my life so I decided to do a little time line post of how God took the unexpected (to me, not to Him) and worked it for good in my life. Time in foster care When I was a tween girl my family imploded.  The result was myself (and eventually my brothers) being removed from our home for a time.  While I am fortunate that my time in foster care  was not long term (about a year and then I went to live with my grandparents) I am thankful for it now.  It softened my heart and created a passion in me for orphans and foster children to have forever families. Teen pregnancy While it can be argued that pregnancy should not have surprised me, given my promiscuous … [Read more...]

Somebody to love me….

Wondering if you are worth anything to anyone... Wondering if anyone cares about your future.... Wondering if this is what the rest of your life will look like... Wondering if there is a point to even trying to do your best because no one is there to notice.... I will never forget the year+ that I spent in the US foster care system.  It was a scary and lonely time, full of disappointment, full of experiences I would rather not remember.  I was moved to three different homes in that short period of time (the last family was a sweet Christian family that I will always remember with fondness) and I was separated from my brothers for the first time in my life. People forget that the majority of children in the foster care system are there because of something their parents did or did not … [Read more...]

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