About Me

Delana 2015Somewhere between middle school and grown-up life, someone peeled me off the wallpaper and I began to bloom. My wild and crazy husband of 30 years deserves much credit for the person I’ve become. He also deserves praise for encouraging me (even while having 3 sons in high school and being in the midst of our adoption journey) to return to college to complete my degree.

As the administrator of the blog The Education Cafe and author of the books Nine Year Pregnancy, My Paper Pregnancy Journal, and Three Days at Sea, I welcome you to my personal blog!  Want to know more? Keep reading!


Our oldest two sons graduated from online high school (after a combination of homeschool, public school, and private school) before heading to university. The oldest is married and has Stewart family photo 2015 bone son. Our youngest son attended online high school, US public school, national school, and boarding school. He currently attends Liberty University. We adopted our daughter from Thailand in 2007. For more about that journey visit my blog Nine Year Pregnancy. My favorite new role in life: Being “Mimi” to my precious grandson! Seeing his eyes light up when I enter a room, or having him try to hand me a book through the computer screen during a video call, melts my heart.


I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary studies (cognates: Education and Theology).


Climbing the root structure of a large tree beside a long waterfall to reach the river below (three small boys in flip-flops following along), I realized what an adventure my life had become! My father was in the Air Force, so I grew up in many locations like Texas, California, Illinois, and Germany. Since being married, I have lived in 4 countries outside of the US and visited about a dozen others. I have also visited at least 34 states. I love to travel and often tell my friends that I’d rather spend money on traveling than on things. Writing poetry, songs, and articles kindles a fire in me. Here are a couple you may enjoy: Sole Writer and Wash Over Me.

I enjoy helping families with their education, parenting, and adoption concerns.

My Blogs

The Education Cafe

Nine Year Pregnancy

Three Days at Sea

Delana’s World

Love Creates a Way


What I hope no one ever says about me:



Some of my popular blog posts include:baby in blankets, baby in towels, smiling baby, baby blue eyes

Top Posts by Delana H. Stewart

From Delana’s World:

When a Daughter Understands

Just Five More Minutes: Earning TV Time

Into the Mind of a Child with RAD

Journey of Desire (review of John Eldredge book)

Hands that Hold (poem)

From The Education Café:

5 Pros and Cons for Homeschooling Older Adopted Children

Resources and Curriculum for Right-brained Learners

From Nine Year Pregnancy:

With Great Sadness (Nine Year Pregnancy and Crossbooks Publishing, div of Lifeway)

Year for Year (time it takes for adjusting and attaching in adoption)

What to Expect the First Year After Adopting

A Physical and Emotional Miscarriage

From Three Days at Sea:



See also: Media Kit

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Twitter @9yrpregnancy

Facebook as Delana H. Stewart, Adoption and Paper Pregnancy, Nine Year Pregnancy, and Three Days at Sea.

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/nineyear/







Adoption Videos on YouTube

Click here to view Delana’s YouTube Channel–http://www.youtube.com/user/9yrpregnancy Or, click the following for individual videos: Perseverance, Patience, Waiting, and Adoption http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtCRjxjocpI Reading the Preface to Nine Year Pregnancy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8MBjWC8Z_8 Singing “God Will make this trial a blessing” …

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26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thanks for signing up on my blog, Delana. We have a lot in common. I adopted two children, home schooled them for a while, and lived overseas for over 20 years. And I teach. From the posts I’ve read, you sound like a wise woman.

  2. Hi Delana,

    Just came across your wordpress site while working on my own and thought I’d say hi. Besides sharing the same name we share the same love for travel and I have been living in Belgium for the past 23 years plus I lived in other countries while in the US Navy. I also love to write but don’t have much time for it at the moment and I’ve not yet been published. I wanted to adopt at one point but my husband and I settled for sponsoring a Tibetan child in TCV school Suja India….we now sponsor 4 children and have been to India to visit them twice. I hope we can sponsor them to come to us for a visit when they are finished with their studies. Anyway…Hello….and I wish you every success with your site, blog, writing, family…

  3. Hi Delana, When I was in high school I sat across the table from Jerry Falwell and Jack Wyrtsen at Word of Life in NY State with my mom as he discussed his dream of creating a college. I watched in awe as God blessed that dream and in return it blessed you.

    What a lovely family you have with such smiling faces! Oh, I can’t forget to thank you for liking my lemon with water blog and I do hope you’ll stop in again! We also lived in West Berlin and Augsburg Germany for six years while my husband was in the army. Loved that vagabond lifestyle and creating so many friends through it. God bless.

    • Hi Ellie,
      Thanks for sharing! That is neat that you met Jerry Falwell back before he started the college. Today I’m drinking lot of lemon water…though it is in the form of hot water and lemon as I have a terrible sore throat! Blessings,

  4. Thank you so much for following my blog. You are leading such a vibrant life yourself that it’s truly an honor! I’ll look forward to reading more of your posts as well and I do hope you’ll feel comfortable enough to comment because I’d love hearing from you! Blessings,

  5. Hi Delana,

    I’m reaching out to you on behalf of PlayLab because the postings and social networking on your blog reflects our own beliefs about children and education. We have an amazing new initiative coming up, and I wanted to get more information on contributing to your site.

    Like you, PlayLab thinks differently about education. We believe that creativity and innovation are the most important traits to nurture. Imagine a workplace where every member of the team is able to develop creative business solutions. Imagine children excited to learn, instead of asking, “Why do I have to learn this?”/ Imagine your child
    showing you how to operate the Morse Code system they made out of pipe cleaners, and craft sticks, instead of asking you to purchase the latest video game.

    We’re launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for our new at-home learning system, which will have a global impact. The successful project will also raise social awareness and create a new following for this type of innovative education that benefits children, and will allow us – and our social partners, like your blog
    – to create new connections and develop new audiences.

    All the best,

    Kassia Kukurudza Programs Manager

  6. Thank you for recently following my blog! It is great to connect with other parents who have adopted, and with fellow writers. I am working on my memoir about growing up infertile, but do not have representation for publication. I look forward to reading your posts. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Delana, couldn’t resist checking out your blog to see what your interest in adoption might be. You have a lovely blog and I’m pleased to see that it appears to be Christ-center. We need more supportive blogs like yours for many people in many situations. Love your smile, and will be following you using Feedly. You might also be interested in my writing blog, http://healingbywriting.com. Keep writing!

    • Thanks, Sherrey, for stopping by and commenting on my blog. You might also be interested in some of my other blogs:
      Nine Year Pregnancy
      Three Days at Sea
      The Education Cafe

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  10. Hello there! I just wanted to say that you have an incredible blog, and that I find your content insightful, refreshing, and apt!

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