loss, grief, death, baby, miscarriage, mothers, children

Letter From Heaven

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. For many this is a joyous occasion of celebrating the love of our mothers or being celebrated by our children). But for some it can be bittersweet . . . or just plain bitter: those who have lost a mother or a child, and those who are longing to be mothers. This is the first mother’s day since my littlest grandson Jamie went to be with Jesus. Here is a poem I wrote for my daughter-in-love to encourage her and to honor our memory of Jamie. May it be a blessing to others who have children who have gone on ahead of them. Letter from heaven…

sun, september 11, pondering, trees

Price of Freedom

Many thoughts go through my mind every September 11 . . . as I am sure it does for many of you. We think about where we were and what our circumstances were and where our loved ones were. We think about those we lost…and our friends who lost loved ones….and even strangers we have met who lost loved ones…

pregnancy, labor, waiting

Ketchup and Traffic Lights

Heinz ketchup used to have a commercial jingle that talked about anticipation making us wait. Traffic lights make us wait. Both are red. Therefore, red must equal waiting. Red could also describe paper cuts in the “paper pregnancy” of the adoption journey!

Hugs, Home, Gates, Gardens

Free Hugs

by: Delana H. Stewart Free Hugs   When we visited Thailand a month or so ago, we went to the Sunday bazaar. Out in front of the gate stood a scraggly-bearded man with a shirt that read “Free Hugs.” He did not seem to be getting many takers, but it reminded me how often we…

Caught in the Middle

I remember often growing up hearing the expression: “Caught between a rock and a hard place.” There’s something about being caught in the middle. It can be like a vise. The pressure is often intense. But great things come from great pressure — diamonds for one! The other day a plaque in a friend’s house…

Learning from Disappointment

“When have you most wanted a miracle in your life and been disappointed? What did you learn from the experience?”   Philip Yancey asked these contemplative questions in my devotional reading today in Meet the Bible. They definitely provided me cause to pause. Three experiences in my life came to mind. 1)      My parents’ divorce.…