These are the most authentic words I've typed in a long time. The summer of 2019 has been an outrageous journey into the fog of mental health. Summed up in three words: Honesty. Jesus. Beer.
After our foster son's birthday party guests left the other day, we invited our 12 year old to sit down in a chair in the middle of the kitchen. "Close your eyes," mama said. "I've got something for you that you've always wanted." Then, smash! The remnants of baby's smash cake went right into his … Continue reading Not in the brochure: missing experiences
Life Changes by Thomas Rhett is one of my favorite songs right now. Three reasons: He's using a public platform to positively share about adoption. Second, that song is our life's theme song right now. Third, what other country song references Uganda? Life is changing fast in our home and it just keeps on going, … Continue reading It’s funny how life changes… and keeps on going
Ho Ho Ho! In the spirit of Christmas in July, here's one of our favorite misadventures of all time rewritten with a little Stranger Things flair. Oh how the child-like wonder of visiting Santa Claus fades when carting two non-believing older kids and a way-excited little man to the mall on the Sunday before Christmas. … Continue reading Misadventures with Santa Claus
Dear 2012 me, congratulations! You are now the parent of two blonde hair blue-eyed boys. It's July 24 -- your first gotcha day (yeah, yeah, that's a controversial phrase -- but it works for us). Today is the first day of the most thrilling, exhausting, frustrating, scary yet incredibly rewarding adventure you could ever imagine. … Continue reading Seven years, seven reflections on foster care and adoption