a dirty secret in adoption

My heart is naturally bent toward encouragement. Focusing on the good stuff. And as an adoptive mama, I can't even begin to put into words all the ways that the Lord has blessed me through my children. The work He has done in them, and in me... good stuff. But I have learned that sometimes the best way to encourage is to go beyond the warm fuzzies. To be a truth-teller... a person who loves by sharing the harder things - the things we don't like to talk about - in order to enlighten and encourage those who are on a similar, difficult path. It's no fun to go there, but … [Read more...]


...is being made. Slow and steady, we're knocking out box after box after box. I'm the type that has to empty every single box as soon as possible. Because I know myself well enough to know that if they sit - or heaven forbid, make it all the way into the attic - I might never open them. Needless to say, this method leads occasional chaos. You should see Poppy's closet. But let's focus on this room. It's close to finished. No piles on the floor of utterly random stuff. No tape stuck to the carpet. No cardboard. No reminders of all there is left to … [Read more...]

my week.

It's been a tough week. For several reasons. Eight of my kids are in varying stages of sickness. The good news is - I have not succumbed yet. The best news is - this sickness includes fever and cough only. No surprise excretions that compound sickness into a laundry/cleaning nightmare. My laptop had a most unfortunate run-in with a bottle of bubbles. The culprit, believe-it-or-not, was Poppy. She was trying to open the foil on the top of the bottle and it toppled over onto keyboard. Honestly, I still can't believe it. Had she not admitted it, I would … [Read more...]

where we’re going

We got it, y'all. Mounds of paperwork have been accumulated. Credit history has been checked. And rechecked. Savings has been drained. But we are set. And one week from today, we'll be owners. *note: pictures of the inside of the house will have to wait. I didn't take any. Sorr-ay... I guess I kind of forgot.* I had prayed before I went house-hunting - without my husband, oh my! - that I would have the sense to choose the best house for our family. That God would direct my path. And He did. In fact, when we saw this house - Asher, my mom and my … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: you go, girl.

She was the subject of my very first Sunday Snapshot. Over three years ago. And today seemed a perfect day to do it again. Because there is much to celebrate. Isabelle's teacher called me on Friday. With some news. Evidently, Isabelle's reading level was recently tested. At the end of the year last year, Isabelle was reading at a level H - one level behind grade level. And we were beside ourselves with excitement... she had gone from being a non-reader to a level H in just 9 months. The teacher called to tell me that Isabelle's goal for this year … [Read more...]

I’m gonna miss this.

Among lots of other things. The sun going down in the pasture - behind the vast expanse of pine trees - is spectacular to witness. We're about a month away from our big move. And I'm getting a bit sentimental. We have so loved this place. But we've *almost* got a new place. And there is a lot to love about it, too. Hoping to share the details soon - just a few more hoops to jump through. … [Read more...]

what I’ve been doing

Oh my goodness, y'all. I am getting too old for this crazy drive-to-Atlanta-stay-up-late-with-adoptive-mamas-sell-Wild-Olive-tees-then-househunt-for-two-days-barely-sleep-and-then-drive-nine-hours-through-a-rainstorm-to-get-home kind of stuff. Asher and I got in last night around dinner and I barely managed to shovel down some spaghetti and meatballs before I fell asleep on the couch. Sitting up. It was pretty sad. The good news is that I *think* we found a house. A lovely, solid 6 bedroom house in a great area on a gorgeous piece of land. Hardwood floors. Lots … [Read more...]

my week by iphone. week 4 or so.

I am enjoying using my camera on my iPhone so much more now that I'm not only looking at the pictures I take, but I'm actually doing something with them. I use my Snapseed app to edit them - so fun, for real - and then upload 'em onto Dropbox. And voila... I have them at my fingertips to do with whatever I please. And so, since my pecan pie awaits, here we are.The end. … [Read more...]

my week by iPhone. week 2.

I shared with y'all last week... or maybe the week before, I can't remember (which is exactly why I need to keep posting these pictures because it'll be all I have in a few years when my memory completely fails me) my first installment of my life by iPhone. It was fun. Okay, I had fun. Maybe you didn't, but I hope you did. Lots of y'all seemed to like my new bff, Dropbox. And I got oodles of free storage space thanks to y'all deciding you wanted to hang out with Dropbox, too. Par-tay! Anyway, here is this week's installment of my week. Or my two … [Read more...]

in the air

There is something in the air around here. Beyond the smell of dogs and dirty socks. It is change. And lots of it. My husband and I are in the midst of some big changes that are happening seemingly simultaneously. Some changes have come on slowly and steadily. Others have pounced on us unexpectedly. But right now it feels like much of what I deem to be my solid ground here on earth is churning with change. Forgive me while I spill. -- Finally, after bringing Tallula home, we feel like we are done growing our family. Yay! Because P.S. Our house is FULL. But … [Read more...]