Last month we were finally able to throw a little party with some of our family and a few close friends to celebrate Collin’s adoption. The anchor-themed decor was simple yet purposeful, significant for the sense of voyage and adventure it represents. Exactly the […]
Today is Orphan Sunday, and churches all over the world are making a point to talk about the orphan crisis and where the church fits in bringing healing to the needs of these children. The focus of Orphan Sunday could be for many a starting […]
I’ve been chewing on James 1:2 the past several weeks ever since my summer Bible study group studied this verse last month, and I just can’t quite move on from this idea, this command, to “count it all joy.” I sense God wanting to work that joy deeper into me, […]
As a foster parent, I’m asked questions all the time. The sweet little guy we have in our home right now draws interest wherever we go (babies just do!), and usually once someone knows he’s a foster baby, I get hammered with questions. I don’t […]
“How do you guard your heart??”
I was asked this question a number of times while fostering, and I think what people meant by it was this: How do you keep from getting too attached to a baby that may not stay with you forever?
People generally assumed my intentions […]
“We’re praying that mom gets her baby back!”
My friend was told these words one Sunday morning when a man she knew approached her at church soon after she began fostering a baby.
Moments later, someone else stopped her in the halls at church to offer […]
I’ve found that the only hope for enduring the ups and downs and unpredictabilities of fostering is to wholeheartedly believe that God is sovereign over all things and works good in and through them all. Without a grounded confidence in God’s providence, I know […]
My experience has been that fostering is all about surrender. If you decide to walk this road, God will ask you to say “yes” to some things before you even know what you’re saying “yes” to. You rarely know what you’re going to get. […]
“Don’t foster-adopt to get your designer child.”
I heard leading adoption/attachment expert Karyn Purvis offered this warning to prospective adoptive families to challenge the different motivations we might have in pursuing adoption. I think what she was getting at is this : Do you think […]
“We think God is telling us to foster and maybe adopt.”
I listen excitedly as my friend surprises me with this new direction God has very suddenly given their family.
“I’m scared,” she says. “But I’m more scared not to do what God is telling us […]