Adoption

Grace in the Wilderness

Grace in the Wilderness

Infertility is not who I am.

It’s not even what my story is about.

It’s just a chapter in my story, a season. And one day, before we know it, the page will turn and this chapter of infertility will come to an end. This season of infertility will be over and this promise that we have prayed for so long will be right before our eyes. 

Even then, I never want to forget what I’ve learned here. How I’ve needed Him. How He has become THE gift. How He has become THE promise. How I’ve found places of His heart I would have never found if it wasn’t for infertility. 

A New Space

A New Space

I wish I could invite each of you to my living room and we could sit down and chat. I know I say this all the time. But it’s true. I hope you know how much I appreciate you showing up here, many of you, for years now. You reading these words, supporting me, and growing with me and the Father means more than you know! 

That’s why I love so much our time together on Thursday’s over on Facebook! So many of you send me emails asking questions that cover different topics (BTW keep those emails coming! If you have something you want me to discuss, send it over!), and I try to unpack those in our chats on Thursday’s. It’s so fun having you join with me in the conversation. So if you haven’t already, like my Facebook page and join me live on Thursday’s! 

A Bead Tutorial

A Bead Tutorial

We were in Target about a year ago and Selah saw a little girl with beads in her hair and absolutely fell in love. We ended up going over to the little girl and telling her how beautiful her beads were. Before we had even walked away, Selah said, “Mommy, you HAVE to get me beads in me hair like that beautiful wittle girl.”

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know caring for Selah’s hair has been a journey, one I’m honored to be on. So many people have asked me over the years, “How are you going to care for her hair?” And my response is always the same, “I’m going to learn.” Caring for her skin and hair, is me loving her well. And I’m going to do everything in my power to love this sweet girl well. Even though I’ve learned so much over the last four years, I still know I have much more to learn. But I’m happy with the progress. 

So shortly after that Target trip, we went to Hobby Lobby and got some beads. I had no idea what to get but she liked the color combination of the bag she picked out, and they beads were large enough I knew her hair would slide through them. We came home, washed her hair, and got to work. 

I Want to Adopt…What Now?

I Want to Adopt…What Now?

The question I get the most from so many people is, “So I know we want to adopt. What do we do next?”

It’s a loaded question. One a short little Facebook message or Instagram DM doesn’t have words for. So on this last week of National Adoption Awareness Month, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve learned through our experiences.

Please know, I do not claim to be an expert. Nor do I believe the ways mentioned below are the only ways. I am simply going to throw some information out to you that will hopefully give you a place to begin your own research.

After we knew we were ready to adopt, I literally typed this same question into google, and the results were extremely overwhelming. So I am going to try to break it down for you in a way that helped me understand best. Hopefully it will be a great beginning place for you to start!

What You Should Know About Adoption

What You Should Know About Adoption

Adoption starts from brokenness.

My brokenness. That looked like an empty womb. Month after month, year after painful year, of seeing negative pregnancy tests. It was failed infertility treatments and a really broken heart and tired body.

“Why Did You Choose Me?”

“Why Did You Choose Me?”

I’m always on the lookout for really good adoption picture books we can keep in our library. In this post, I wrote about my favorite ever adoption books. But I’m slowly adding more to our collection.