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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Adoptive Child

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About The Real Adoptive Child

She waltzes through the church, charming grandmas with her sweet-dimpled grin and black curls, enticing friends with generosity, beguiling teachers with clever responses, entertaining classrooms with humor, and impressing ushers with politeness. He does the same. They all do. The most common symptom of a child with attachment issues is their ability to charm others. They’re not necessarily trying to con people. They are simply employing survival techniques they learned in their formative years of life. If you go to…

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Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About the Real Adoptive Parent

Adoption Awareness Month: What I Wish the Church Knew About the Real Adoptive Parent

November is Adoption Awareness Month. I wonder how many of you cringe when you read those words. Does it grate on you when individuals and organizations highlighting the plight of the orphan, seem to “guilt” people into adopting? True, the numbers tell a heart-wrenching story. Approximately 153 million children worldwide have been identified by UNICEF and the U.S. government as “orphans” (children who’ve lost at least one parent; though this number does not account for children in institutions or who…

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Sometimes Halloween Creeps Me Out

Sometimes Halloween Creeps Me Out

I hope this doesn’t sound like a rant. Just an acknowledgement of where I’m at. I’m not interested in swaying anyone into my way of thinking. (Actually, that’s probably not true. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing sharing my thoughts with you. What is true is that I’m not interested in arguing about a topic that has been debated for decades without resolution.) What I’m wondering is … How can I feel more enthused about Halloween this year? Or should I?…

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It’s Time to Sing, Sister!

It’s Time to Sing, Sister!

Last week I directed readers to Lucille Zimmerman who had shared some coping techniques for those struggling with trauma. One of her suggestions: Sing She said that though it sounds odd (the idea, that is), singing actually helps. That suggestion piqued my interest. My dad was a music minister for several years and my mom played the piano. We sang a lot in our home. On occasion, my dad would line up us four little girls on the church podium…

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Limited by Finite Compassion

Limited by Finite Compassion

I’m struggling y’all. A month ago I wrote on Facebook, “Here we are at September already. Wasn’t August a doozy? Muscle-showing between the US and North Korea. Racism and riots in the east. Hurricane Harvey in the south. Drought and fires in the west.” I had hoped September would be better, but it was not. Two more hurricanes, an earthquake in Mexico, and October started with a mass shooting, the threat of another storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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Do You Have a Pied Piper in Your Pocket?

Do You Have a Pied Piper in Your Pocket?

“What is the greatest challenge facing young moms today?“ I asked this of mommy-blogger Leah Heffner who writes over at Life Around the Coffee Cup. She was actually interviewing me for her soon-to-be-released podcast series, but she offered me an opportunity to ask her a question. It’s been a while since I had children at home and I was curious what weighs today’s mommies down. In about two seconds she said exactly what I thought she might. Young moms today,…

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Jail Is Not My Monkey

Jail Is Not My Monkey

We sat on the restaurant’s patio, lulled by an unusually cool, late-afternoon breeze. Friends drawn together ten years ago by the common experience of mothering adopted children. Over the years we’ve shared challenges and losses, blessings and wins. Even with our kids now all grown, some of these moms are still going through the wringer. One mom, near tears, relayed her heaviness. Her fear that her child might end up going to jail, again. Thinking she was alone in this…

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When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood

When the Enemy Comes in Like a Flood

{I’m excited to share with you a piece I wrote for (in)courage that published, September 13, two days after this blog posted. Head on over to read A Terror-Defying Vacation. (in)courage is an online Christian women’s community, built by DaySpring, the Christian branch of Hallmark. (in)courage’s daily devotionals offer simple encouragement for women from all walks of life. Head on over and check them out. If you want to sign up, their daily notes will come straight to your email.} I wasn’t there…

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What Mom Gets a Labor-Free Day?

What Mom Gets a Labor-Free Day?

Welcome to September. In fact, Happy Labor Day. Labor Day, you say. The holiday that honors laborers with a day of rest from their long hours of back-breaking work. Are moms included? Who else slaves like I do, 24-7-52? A day off? I wish! But it’s not gonna happen. The little one has a runny nose; bickering tongues need silencing; school starts tomorrow; and stinky heaps of whites, lights, and coloreds have engulfed the laundry room. Somebody, slap a hand…

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Was I a Racist in My Own Home?

Was I a Racist in My Own Home?

Do you see yourself as a racist? Probably not. You certainly hope not. Right? Me too. You know I’m probably going to say something like “we are more racist than we like to think.” Yep, I am. But then, if we’re honest, that’s no surprise. Don’t we all prefer to hang with people just like us? People who look, talk, and smell the ways we prefer. But that’s not really being racist, is it? The problem comes when we want…

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