Category Archives: adoption

If Your Heart Hurts this Mother’s Day {a few things I’d say if we could do coffee}

I awake early to sit here and wait in the predawn quiet, my littles still snug in their beds, and a hundred or so passions burning all at once in my soul. And out of those hundred burning thoughts, this … Continue reading

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God’s Not Cruel {On Simultaneous Wrestling and Trust}

I sit down to write on Saturday night, and I don’t know how to say what I need to say. It’s dusk and the temps are dropping just a bit, and I’m perched with my laptop on our back deck, … Continue reading

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When Holidays Hold More Sorrow than Joy {a guest post at (in)courage}

Oh my friends, how I am enjoying this season of silence.  I’m reading books and filling lined pages with unedited longing for Him and relishing long conversations and taking life slow this holiday season. The slowed pace is fresh air … Continue reading

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Ask Away Friday {in which Sarah digs deep into my soul, and I return the favor}

Happy belated Thanksgiving, my friends! In this season, one thing for which I find myself incredibly thankful to Jesus — is YOU.  You all who read and receive my heart with such grace.  I am humbled and blessed beyond words … Continue reading

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How Adoption Has Opened Our Family {in honor of national adoption month}

Today I’m honored to invite you to read my words over at my friend Kristin’s blog. Kristin is a fellow adoptive mama.  She’s running a series in honor of National Adoption Month, and she asked me a few months ago if … Continue reading

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For When Your Story Is Broken

A note to my readers: I wrote this piece for a link-up with a writers’ group I’m a part of (of which I’m a part?).  The prompt was Story and this was what came out in response.  I guess, after years, I’m … Continue reading

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maia sofia grace butler – the slideshow

Hola family and friends! I finally did it- it’s a slideshow of Maia’s story thus far.  We finalized her adoption on Friday and I wanted to do something to commemorate. I’d love for you to pop over here to the … Continue reading

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Maia’s Birth Week: Part 5 [In Which We Say “See You Later”]

Well, I think I’ve recovered, at least somewhat, from writing Part 4.  My goodness.  I didn’t realize how raw and undone my heart still felt from the gut-wrenching beauty of it all. So, to recap a few practical details: Maia was … Continue reading

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Maia’s Birth Week: Part 4 [In Which Maia Is Entrusted To Us, and Words Utterly Fail Me]

Hi Friends! Well, it’s already been a week since I last posted. I generally try to post more frequently than I’ve been able to lately.  Obviously though, I’ve had my hands pretty full.  The best possible kind of full. At … Continue reading

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Maia’s Birth Week: Part 3 [In Which She Makes Her Grand Entry!]

Hey again! It’s Tuesday night and I’m finding myself with what appears to be a little block of free time!   Gonna roll with it. If you’re new around here or are popping in for the first time in a while, welcome!! … Continue reading

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