Hair Adventures

For years my girls have tried to convince me to let them braid my hair like they braid theirs. I flatly refused until a week ago on July 4th! I agreed to let my younger daughter (17) braid my bangs only. When she was done, I liked it enough to continue. My older daughter (18)…

The Little House Conundrum

Five decades ago I was a small child who would grow to love the books that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote and greatly enjoy the writings of Mark Twain. I admired them. I daydreamed about having similar experiences. I dreamed of writing similar books. Four decades ago, when I was a teen I was your typical…

Treasured Treasures

I thought y’all might be blessed by this. Several of my children were older child adoptions and we have no baby pictures of any sort. One of my daughters has a phenomenal talent for sketching (never had lessons) and it has really blossomed this year. As a matter of fact, she sketched what she felt…

Who I was – Who I am – Who I will become

For more than two decades I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom, aka SAHM. I was not bored. I was not lazy. I was hardly ever even still. I fostered dozens of precious children. I stood before judges with my husband and adopted seven children who became the focus of my time and energy. I learned to crochet…

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas…

It is about this time of year that I can almost surely hear the ticking of a proverbial clock. Tick tock tick tock. Are you ready? Tick tock tick tock. Have you forgotten anything? Tick tock tick tock? Time is fleeting. One week from tomorrow night is Christmas Eve and one more week will bring…

Hope Renewed

Unless you have experienced infertility, miscarriage, and the struggle of feeling your own body has betrayed you, you can’t fully comprehend the impact it has upon you. It is demoralizing, discouraging and can leave you feeling hopeless. Oh the prayers I prayed. Twenty-two years ago, a baby boy was born that would become the first…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 8

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m still blogging about the ABCs of Adoption. Today I’d like to share a bit about our oldest adopted child, Josiah. I’ve often said that he would be the perfect poster child for older-child adoption. He joined our family when he was eight years old and he has…

ABCs of Adoption – Part 7

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I’m the mother of seven adopted children, five of whom are presently teens. So, let’s talk about adopted teens. Surely that can’t be as simple as ABC. You’re so right. They test you and rebel against boundaries and are stubborn and have emotional outbursts sometimes…just like any other…

ABCs of Adoption- Part 5

Relationships are so very complicated. People can have personality clashes, old wounds that haven’t healed, memories that haunt or resentment and unforgiveness. And then sometimes people just don’t care or won’t even try.  On the other hand relationships are so basically simple. People who are willing to tolerate differences, who have forgiven, grown, healed. People…

ABCs of Adoption part 4

Today my little corner of the world was very hectic. A tire puncture on the way to church which caused us to be very late and then after church being locked out of my husband’s vehicle that he had loaned me  after rescuing us from the tire debacle.  I could feel my temperature rising. I…