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Within These Walls

An encouraging word for mothers of young children. “If you mainly notice the clutter of toys, the undone chores, the dust…then you don’t see everything I see within these walls…”

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He is Risen!

Happy Easter! May this Easter season be filled with blessings and a renewed hope, love, and joy in Christ Jesus! See also: Easter bonnets, bluebonnets

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Learning from the Best

Though Jesus was never a physical parent on earth, I would say He knows a thing or two about parenting! He is God; He is Shepherd; He is Creator; He is Love. Recently, I opened theCompassion, Yoke, gentle, rest, parenting Word asking the Lord to direct my steps and give me wisdom in parenting. The following very familiar verses were viewed with a new perspective.

Thirty-Four Minutes

Thirty-four minutes is a poem written upon the birth and death of my second grand child. Great reflection for anyone who has lost a child or has experienced a miscarriage or still birth. Grief, loss, love.

Five Reasons My Great Aunt is Cooler Than Yours

  5. She’s turning 90 years old soon and daily uses a computer, an IPad, and a smart phone. 4. She uses Facebook to keep up with all her children, grand-children, great grandchildren, grand-nieces (me), and even my children and grandchildren (and remembers all of their names). 3. She Skypes with me when I’m living…

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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…

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…

Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato? (HBLT)

Now that I got your attention with a title like Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato?, let me tell you what HBLT really stands for and invite you to sink your teeth into something rich. HBLT actually stands for Hook, Book, Look, Took. It is a preaching, teaching, and/or Bible study method used to grab a person’s…

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A Hiker’s Quandry

“After we come to the realization that we are traveling down the wrong road we have to . . . look around for things to get us back on the correct road. Not seeing any, we have to backtrack working through the things we’ve just traveled through and reacquire our bearings to continue down the correct…

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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 …

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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.

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Gold-Rimmed Mirror

think especially about my 90-year old grandmother, my only surviving grandparent. About a decade ago, I wrote a poem reflecting on childhood visits to my grandmother’s house. This is her first grandparent’s day not in her home…the home I have such fond memories of visiting.

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Soldiers in the City

In honor of the coming Memorial Day, not only remembering those who have fought for my freedom, but also remembering those who have given (and are giving) their lives for the Good News to be taken around the world… In this city You have many. You are with us; You don’t desert us. Our attackers,…

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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…

Struck Down But Not Destroyed

I hope you will click on the above post by fellow blogger at Especially Made. I know that many of us can relate to at one time or another experiencing spiritual depression or even oppression. And, even if you wouldn’t say that…you would at least likely agree that you have experienced being overwhelmed by life’s…