hope, faith, inspiration, scripture


“MOM. THANK YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!” This phrase and two encouraging verses might be just what you need to hear today if you are parenting a child who is discouraged, broken hearted, grieving, or suffering from RAD or FASD.

field, Thailand, Fathers

Loved No Less

(An adopted child’s Father’s Day tribute.) We often hear about birthmothers and the need (especially around Mother’s Day) for an adopted child to have time to think about, pray for, or send a card and picture to the birthmother. We do not often hear about Father’s Day and biological or “birth” fathers. Maybe because in…

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!

What is faith to you?

“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Philip Yancey  “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV What does it mean to you to have faith? ******************************************************************************************* See also: Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (A…

wing, flight, flying, sky, clouds, airplanes

To the Moon and Back

One of my kids’ favorite books growing up was the story of little nut brown hare in Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Today’s daily prompt, Come Fly with Me, reminded me of two things: 1) That story and (2)The story of my daughter. The prompt suggests sharing a…

books, reviews, faith, Christian, Adoption, Devotion, Inspiration

Books Reviewed

Just wanted to let you know that I created a new tab — at the top of this blog — of books that I have reviewed. Click on Book Reviews or click here. Includes Adoption  books and Christian Inspiration and Devotion books. For other types of books and curriculum, check out The Ed Cafe.

root, plant, orchid

To Be Deracinated

Children mistakenly think: “I wish I were already a grown-up so I could be done with school and learning!” Once they grow up, especially if they are wise, they learn that learning never ends. Today, thanks to a Freshly Pressed post on WordPress, I learned a new vocabulary word–deracinate. Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and transracial adoptees …

adoption, adoptive family

Reaching the Place of Thriving

Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family by David and Renee Sanford. The chapter headings are: Welcome Home, Attachment and Bonding, Sibling and Extended Family Relationships, Developing a Support Network, Nurture and Discipline, Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, Elementary Age and Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Loss and Grief, Ethnic Identity, Early Childhood Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Effects, Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, When an Adoption Disrupts or Dissolves.

long road, long path, journey, traveling

Long Journeys

“Mom, are we there yet?” If you are a mom of a child of speaking age, you have probably heard this more than you can count. I know about long journeys all too well. I’ve been on really long trans-Atlantic flights. I’ve taken cross-country road trips lasting a couple of weeks. I’ve been on ferryboats…

Giggle box, giggle girl

I Choose You

nspired by the poem “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, I wrote this poem collaborating with my daughter, told as if she were speaking to me. After reading it together, she hugged me and said the part that is now the last stanza of this poem. My high-school English teacher introduced me to the poem “I Like You,” which is now available as a book.

international adoption, transracial adoption, mom and daughter, mother and girl

Adoptive Mothers are Real Mothers, Too!

Many well-meaning people ask adoptive mothers if the child who does not resemble them is their “real” child. From time-to-time an adopted child will even say to his/her mother, “You’re not my REAL Mother!” By real both mean biological. With Mother’s Day weekend approaching, my daughter and I chose fun books from the library on mothers. I chose to review one of them–the one about adoptive mothers. You’re Not My REAL Mother! by Molly Friedrich

heart hands, mother daughter, tree huggers, tree hugging, nature, adoption, Nine Year Pregnancy

Who is This Person I Call Mom?

By Delana H. Stewart “Who is this person I call Mom and why doesn’t she look like me?” Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote last Mother’s Day about why Mother’s Day can be a difficult season for the adoptee (and her family). You can read the full article by clicking here. Our…

castle Germany, Black Forest, hiking

What’s Happening in Delana’s World

Many of you know that I blog at locations other than Delana’s World. For recent posts on this blog, see the column to the right. For recent posts on my other blogs, check out the new ones listed below. Blessings! Nine Year Pregnancy has these new posts: Another Friend’s Baby Shower (Is it Okay to…

Jessie Hogsett, RAD, Foster Child, Adoption

Into the Mind of a Child with RAD

Jessie suffered from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and does an excellent job of helping readers get inside the head of a child who has suffered RAD. Parents or foster-carers or teachers who work with kids who are or have been in foster care or orphanages will benefit from reading this book. He addresses many issues, such as: abandonment, grief, longing for a parent to return, reuniting with biological parents, anger, manipulation, bedwetting, lying, stealing, fear, loneliness, cutting, destroying things, and so much more.

Love: the more you give–the more you get!

February is the month of extra emphasis on love and giving! And, it is your opportunity to enter a contest and win a free book! Check this out for details: Love and Giving are in the air! ****************************************************************************** For regular updates and interesting tidbits check out and “like” my Facebook pages! Your support is appreciated!…

Following a Star

The Magi waited for the coming Messiah and followed the star. We waited for a little girl and followed our hearts. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the…