For Lilia, my children, and the many others around the world who ache for a different beginning... This is what really happened... You slip into the world raw and trembling, aching for tender touch. But instead, the one you most long for walks away. You huddle there, vulnerable in an abandoned building, or a slum…Read more Always Held
Everleigh entered this world on August 14, 2016, welcomed by birth mother, Delaney; birth father, Kenny; and birth grandmother, Karen. On August 17, Everleigh went home in the arms of adoptive parents, Casey and Michael. Nine months later.... with special thanks to Hope's Promise (Adoption Agency) of Castle Rock, CO. (303) 660-0277.
After returning home last week from co-leading the Hope's Promise 2017 Connection Team to Kenya, I wrestle to process a mind-bending juxtaposition of past and present. The team stayed at a guest house in the community where I lived with my sons for five months while adopting my daughter in 2005.... If time could fold…Read more Meeting Myself There
Another Day in Kenya - Chapter 19 Emma's Garden Rosslyn Academy enveloped us in a safe haven of gentle healing, a tangible experience of God's Presence and tender care. However, between the adoption hearing and the verdict, in early August, the missionary family returned. Once again, we needed a place to live. Through friends of…Read more Another Day in Kenya – Chapter 19 & Epilogue
Another Day in Kenya - Chapter 18 Vindication & Kindness "The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near." Isaiah 50:7 Only Mwenda and I step foot in the courthouse’s deserted hallways for our third and final…Read more Another Day in Kenya – Chapter 18
Another Day in Kenya - Chapter 17 Carried Mwenda immediately jumped in his car and headed across town to where we were staying. As for us, within minutes of hanging up, my friend and driver, Michael, arrived to help us re-locate as previously scheduled. The place we were staying, much longer than originally planned, was…Read more Another Day in Kenya – Chapter 17
Another Day in Kenya - Chapter 16 In the Arena “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by…Read more Another Day in Kenya – Chapter 16