Showing posts from November, 2013

You're not Pro-life you're Pro-birth

You got me.
It's true.
I'm one of those wacky pro-birth folks.   I am pro-babies being allowed to be born.
I can't help it.  Somehow it just seems natural to me.

I love it when babies are born.

Regardless of the circumstance of their conception, or even what sort of condition they are born into, I have a strong conviction that they should be welcomed simply because they exist...simply because they are a unique human life.  They are not a "potential life" they are a life with potential.  To be honest even if they didn't have "potential" as judged by the world, they still don't deserve to be sentenced to an unnatural death.

So, I will admit it, and actually wear the label with honour.  Pro-birth.

For some reason that term is used as a sort of weapon.  It tends to give people a good chuckle, as they smugly high five each other for coming up with some worn out, non offensive, rhetoric.   But, I guess if that's all you've got, go ahead an…

First Steps

One year ago today my son took his first steps.
We were only a couple months away from meeting him and he was living with some wonderful foster parents. They were helping him to recover, to get healthier, and to prepare for the big change ahead.

One year ago today my son took his first tentative, shaky steps. One foot in front of the other, a forearm crutch in his hand.
I wish I could have been there to see it, but I am thrilled to have these moments captured.
As I try to imagine what was going through his head as he took his first steps at 6 yrs old, I know that moment was a big deal to him.   He is keenly aware that his past lack of ability to walk made him very vulnerable.   Several of his anxiety meltdowns this past year have ended with him trying to unintelligibly explain situations to me.  While I haven't been able to make sense of the tales, the part I can always catch is him wailing  "No can't walk! No can't. No can't get out.  No can't walk"  I …

How to screw up orphan care in the name of Jesus

Is that even possible?  Is it possible to try to do something God commands us to do, and get it wrong?  It is possible to do harm, while seriously attempting to do good?


My passion for orphan care began at a very young age. I was a child who grew up dreaming about building an orphanage one day.  It would have nice dorms for the kids, a nice cheery play room, gardens, a play ground, and a well stocked cafeteria.  When other junior high girls were flirting with boys, I was drawing up plans for how my orphanage would be constructed.  I would fill it with Carla's children...and give all those poor orphans a place to thrive.  It was my dream.  My desire to be a part of orphan-care in a third world country, was driven by genuine concern.

Over the years my view of building and operating orphanages has changed slowly but drastically.

What I'm referring to in the title is when unhealthy, unbiblical, or just naively unhelpful practices fall under the umbrella of "Chris…

What a big, messy, adoptive family needs from a church

Sometimes I'm afraid we've withdrawn too much from our grace account, that we've required too much support, or been loved more than we deserve already.

Time and time again my little family has been served and loved.

When you begin to live in  community with a group of people who genuinely love God and love people "church" becomes more to you than something on your weekly "to-do" list, or a place you go to worship.

The Church is people.

It is the redeemed people of God from the remotest corners of the world, from every tongue, tribe, and nation.  Regardless of where they are we are one big extended family.

On a local level "the church" is more intimate community.
We all need, as Christians, a local church to be plugged into.  We were created for community.

The local church for us, has been a lifeline these last couple years.

God used our community to walk through our recent adoptions with us,
to encourage us when we were despairing,
to challe…

Keeping Up

I've been pondering this little old blog for a bit today.

It's been a little hobby of mine for five years now but it's been mostly the same for all of those years. A pretty steady number of hits on each post, a pretty steady number of readers, the same number of 'followers' month after month, year after year.  I'm actually kind of ok with that (especially since I've never really made the effort to achieve anything else or aspired to be a "big blogger"), but being the 'same' all the time get's kind of boring.  Or maybe it's just me that's gotten boring...which is quite likely too.

 Every once in a while I try to assess, evaluate, and try to decide what I want to do with it, if I want to continue, or if I have actual goals associated with my little form of online therapy.

I've also been trying lately to update myself, and I'm trying to keep up with the changing world of social networking and blogging.  I admit I feel li…


Quick update:   Thankyou for praying.  The surgery went very well yesterday, and his recovery has been much smoother than much so that we were sent home from the hospital a couple days early! Yay, for not sleeping another night in a noisy crowded pediatrics hospital room.   Little man is being as brave as can be.  


A week ago I was enjoying the citty of Seattle, the company of my sister and nephew, and absorbing  some encouraging and challenging messages from the speakers at the "Resurgence" leadership conference R13.  (click here for a highlights reel)

Here's a sampler 

It was such a great time, and there was SO much wisdom shared for those who are leading ministries, serving in various capacities, or just living their lives on mission with Jesus.  The  atmosphere of the conference was one of deep authentic humility, purpose, and unity.   I …

Gonna Fly Seattle.

{Halloween 2013}

The last couple days I've had a song stuck in my head.

I'll Fly Away  (with some alterations)

Some bright morning when this week is over
I'll fly away
To that home on Seattle's rainy shore
I'll fly away

I'll fly away oh glory
I'll fly away (in the morning)
On Sunday hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away

When the shadows of this week have gone
I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I'll fly
I'll fly away

Oh how glad and happy when we meet
I'll fly away
No more five kids hanging on my feet
I'll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where my BFF awaits
I'll fly away

If you want the song stuck in your head too, click here.  Because who doesn't love a good banjo.  You're welcome.

It's true.  I'm leaving them all behind.  My husband and all my kids.
I'm absolutely giddy about it, although my sheer delight is interrupted occasionally by pangs of guilt, not guilt over leaving but …