Special Needs Adoption.

You guys HAVE to go check out the Encompass Blog today. My old high school chum, Megan, who has always had a beautiful way with words, is sharing her adoption story about her beautiful little girl who suffers from vision loss: "I don’t FEEL special or worthy or in any way qualified to be Libby’s mama. But at the same time, I KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is the daughter that God had planned for me from before eternity. He didn’t give me any special gifts over and above the gifts … [Read more...]

Adoption Book Reports and A Few Announcements.

One of the blogs that I really enjoy is Mother, Daughter and Son Book Reviews. The website is exactly what it sounds like -- a mom and her kiddo(s) reviewing a book! It inspired me to start a book review type feature of my own -- but this one is going to have a theme. I'm calling it Adoption Book Reports and you will be able to read parent-child reviews of books that promote/discuss adoption and/or diversity. We love found that books addressing adoption and issues relevant to adoption through … [Read more...]

If You’re Considering Adoption…

The other day, a fellow adoptive mama shared a really tragic article on her Facebook wall. The article relayed the unbelievably awful story of an Ethiopian adoptee who died as a result of abuse and neglect from her adoptive family. It went on to detail other instances where Christian adoptive families have abused, neglected or treated their adopted children with indifference. I absolutely cringe when I read an article like this. I cringe because it is awful and horrific to think of this … [Read more...]

The Lonely.

Yesterday was a day that many Christian churches celebrate as "Orphan Sunday." It's a chance to reflect and pray about God's calling to care for the orphans, a day set aside typically on the first Sunday of November, National Adoption Awareness month. I'm friends with many adoptive mamas on Facebook, and it was beautiful to scroll through my feed and see pictures of adopted children with the Bible passage, "God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:6) ascribed to many of them.I came across this … [Read more...]

Respecting the Rules.

Okay friends...I'm blogging about some heavy stuff tonight. And I hope you will understand that it comes from someone who loves adoption and doesn't want to point fingers or lay blame. Here's the deal: I was not at all surprised when the DGM in Congo announced the suspension of exit letters for up to twelve months. I was unbelievably saddened -- especially for the sister whose side I have been next to for the entire process and have witnessed endure one delay after another. But I was not … [Read more...]

International and Domestic Adoption.

When we first arrived home with Baby Boy, one of our airport pictures somehow made the rounds until it was shared on the Facebook page of a local news station. A friend told me about it, and I went to see the picture and, unfortunately, also saw the comments that ensued. Most were positive, but unfortunately the first comment was about how there are plenty of American kids who need homes and she was sick of these couples trying to be Angelina Jolie. (For the record, I was totally Team … [Read more...]

Loss in Adoption.

When we entered the world of international adoption and decided that we would adopt from the Congo, I learned of many uncertainties that my heart wasn't prepared for (and how can you really ever prepare your heart for the loss that can come?). As I scoured blogs of other Congo adoptive families, it was not unusual to hear of a referral being lost. Birth family members came forward. Children went missing. Children died. There is very real risk involved in the world of adoption. My husband … [Read more...]

One Last Document and Reflections.

Our agency delivered an original copy of the final document needed to complete Baby Boy's investigation at the embassy. They were closed yesterday, so it was delivered first thing this morning. We are going to wait until middle-of-the-night Wednesday to call and ask if there are any updates, so please pray for good news for us! Since I don't have much in the way of exciting updates today, I thought I would share some stuff I've been thinking about lately... Today at the post office there … [Read more...]

The Plan.

So I'm reading this awesome (at least so far) book called 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, my hero. The book chronicles Jen's spiritual journey as she identifies seven areas of excess and makes seven choices to fight against each excess for one month. It's really something to read, and inspiring me to perhaps try a little experiment like this of my own one day.During one of the months, Jen talks about going back to the Jen of 2004 to tell her a few things -- things like … [Read more...]

Orphan Sunday.

ou are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed." -Psalm 10:14, 17-18 Today is Orphan Sunday. In the month of November, National Adoption/Orphan Awareness Month, Christian churches often use the first Sunday of the month to reflect on God's call to defend the fatherless. Hundreds of events throughout the country are held with the goal of … [Read more...]