And the winner is…

I picked a random number with the help of, and the winner from the giveaway from earlier this week is Theosis, who said that her favorite 7 Quick Takes post from last week was Rebecca’s. Theosis, email me with the subject “giveaway winner” so that I can get you your prizes. And a heartfelt thank you to all who participated! I hope you enjoyed it!  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 44)

— 1 — Last week I mentioned in quick take #7 that I was feeling extremely stressed because of a lack of “introvert time.” I made that a high priority this week, and I feel so much better mentally! In fact, seeing what a drastic difference that made to both my mental and spiritual health is what inspired me to write the spiritual dry spells post. For some reason I’m still feeling unusually fatigued physically (no, I’m not expecting — for once!), but I feel much, much better other than that. Also, y’all... Read More

Finding home

The ride home from the airport after we picked up our Kidsave child Rita was a little tense. We quickly found out that when they said in her bio that she speaks some English, by “some” they meant “not a single word.” A Colombian social worker named Maria was with us as well, and she didn’t speak much English either. “Is hot too where you live?” I asked in broken Spanish. They barely managed to nod and smile. They had arrived a day late after getting stuck in Atlanta overnight, and were too exhausted to strain... Read More

9 Tips for Spiritual Dry Spells

It seems like a lot of people I know are going through spiritual dry spells lately, feeling apathetic about their relationship with God and/or feeling like God’s voice is silent during a difficult time. In case it’s helpful to anyone, I thought I’d post a list of some practical tips I’ve heard on the subject that I learned during my own times of spiritual dryness: 1. Make sure you’re not doing anything to block out God’s voice As I’ve talked about before, my conversion started in a spiritual dry spell;... Read More

My first giveaway!

I’ve always loved the concept of giveaways and have wanted to do one for a long time, but wasn’t sure what I could give away. Then a couple weeks ago Mary Ostyn of Owlhaven offered me a couple of review copies of her fabulous book, A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family, and I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for a giveaway. I am a huge fan of Mary’s blog and think that her book is a wealth of wisdom for all parents (not just those with large families!), and even has a lot of life management wisdom to... Read More

Choosing patience

When we found out that all our paperwork was approved and we’d be hosting a Kidsave child this summer, one of the first things I thought was that I was going to have to work on patience. I had always thought of myself as a fairly patient mom, especially considering my circumstances with four kids under five, yet when I thought of how my daily behavior might seem to a child who didn’t know me well — who may have even experienced abuse* — I realized that things were going to have to change. At least a couple times a week the... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 43)

— 1 — We went to the San Antonio zoo yesterday. In 101-degree heat. With a four-hour round trip drive. Does that sound challenging? It was. However, it was all worth it to meet up with the other Kidsave families — who are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met — and to see how excited all the girls were to be there. My kids liked it as well, although as it got closer to naptime and they began to look more and more like angry tomatoes, the excitement of the exotic animals began to wear off for them. Also, in the “scary... Read More

Hint, hint

Pssssst. Tomorrow will be a good day to participate in 7 Quick Takes Friday. I’ll tell you why on Monday.  Read More →

Inconvenient love: A lesson from a movie theater

Last week I took our Kidsave child Rita and the Colombian chaperone Maria to see a free morning showing of the movie Kit Kittredge that one of the local theaters was offering. Rita put on one of her favorite new outfits, and she and the chaperone were excited about this special treat. The theater got dark just as we walked in, making it difficult to find a place where we could all sit together in the crowded theater (which was especially important since neither Maria nor Rita speak English and wanted to be able to ask me questions if needed). Maria... Read More

One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children (Part 3 of 3)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I am honored to post the final installment of my interview series with a couple named Kimberly and Jimmy who are adopting HIV-positive children from Ethiopia. If you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, see the links above. Q: What kind of life expectancy do your children have? The beautiful thing about this question is I don’t have an exact answer for you. At least not in the way that people with HIV/AIDS used to get answers — answers along the lines of “you have a few months.” Or one year. Or a... Read More

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