Archive for March 2015
Adoption is a beautiful, adventurous, and life-changing journey. It can also be defeating, frustrating, and lonely. How do you navigate the pit-falls, road-blocks and detours that are almost a guarantee on this journey?
Over the past 13 years we’ve learned a lot about adoption. Along with adopting all 8 of our children, we’ve also walked with and counseled hundreds of adoptive couples. We’ve grown in more ways that we can begin to count. But it wasn’t always this way. In the beginning we had more questions than answers!
In a culture where words are cheap, it’s crucial that we build our children up with encouraging words. Our choice to do this will leave a lasting impression on their lives, and change the future!
We were foster parents for 9 years. They were extremely long and difficult at times. To be honest, we almost quit, especially when it seemed that we couldn’t take one more day. But looking back we are eternally grateful that we didn’t give up. We would have missed out on several big blessings!
This week, in partnership with Focus On The Family, the award-winning documentary The Drop Box debuted in theaters across the US for 3 nights only. The impact of the film, however, reaches farther than we can begin to imagine!
I had to teach myself how to handle money. While my dad was great at saving his money, and making wise decisions with the resources he had, he wasn’t that great at passing on his wisdom or technique. For years, I spent money unwisely when I could have saved most of it and had more of it in my pocket!
We’ve all been in that place at one time or another. We hand down a consequence to our children for crossing our boundaries, but we don’t actually follow through on the punishment. The problem with this is that we may be doing more damage than we’re aware of.