Grateful not proud

Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind.  We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands.  The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race.  Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury.  ~William Lloyd Garrison, Declaration of Sentiments, Boston Peace Conference, 1838 I am beyond grateful to live in a country where I am free. Free to worship my God without fear of persecution. Free to raise my children according to what my husband and I believe. Free to be a woman who can pursue higher education and have an identity separate from my husband. Free. I am grateful that God chose America to be my homeland.  But, pride of country is a … [Read more...]

The least of these

I have much to write about and tell you. Yet, when I sit here all I can think about are the 143 million+ orphans around the world that need forever families.  The over 1/2 million kids in the US foster care system that need their families loved on and repaired.  The over 100,000 that can't go back home and need new families to step up and love them, despite their tough exteriors.  The teen mom's that I serve on a daily basis that need mentors to help them become the best mothers they can be.  The medically fragile children that lay dying in orphanages. The children that go to bed hungry in our country and abroad.  The 30,000 kids that die every day of preventable, treatable illnesses. My heart bleeds.  My eyes leak. The Bible makes it very clear that these children are precious to the … [Read more...]

Remembering September 11th

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ~Luke 6: 27 I wrote a post two years ago about where I was on that day. Ten years later, I still remember. I still pray that the hatred that fills the hearts of men would be extinguished.  I still pray that the unity that existed between Americans and humans in general, the way we came together in the days and weeks that followed would be renewed.  I still pray that there is a special place in Heaven for those that gave their lives that day. Today, I just pray. … [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...]

From bliss to blizzard

I went from this: photo courtesy of Secret Agent Mama to this: the view from my front door (last night before more snow came!) Crazy with a capital C!  This storm, blizzard, whatever you want to call it is ridiculous!  The federal government has been closed for three days in a row! We are happily snowed in (meaning the house is cleaner then ever, I am unpacked, we have watched every movie we own) and the kids have made snow tunnels, caves and a whole snow family. Just a quick note to Mother Nature...you can stop now.  Thanks! What are you doing to maintain your sanity in this snowstorm? This post is linked here and here. … [Read more...]

A little bit ’bout me…

Image via Wikipedia I borrowed this blog game from Tami at Hearts Make Families. As if y'all wanted to know any more about me, right? Here I go.... What color is your favorite hoodie? Red (My Maryland Terrapins hoodie) Do you plan outfits? Most of the time. What’s the closest thing to you that's red? A Christmas catalog Did you meet anybody new today? Yes, I met my friend's new boyfriend, Michael What are you craving right now? chocolate, of course! Do you floss? Yes What comes to mind when I say cabbage? Yum Yum, my mom's ham and cabbage soup. Are you emotional? Sometimes more than others ;) Would you dance to the taco song? I have never heard the taco song so I don't know- not much of a dancer Have you ever counted to 1,000? I have Do you bite into your ice cream or just … [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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