Big Hearted

At our weekly park play date, another seasoned mama looked in my eyes and talked openly about her oldest son. Like my son, he has ADHD, and I could tell that she was no stranger to the hopelessness I have felt. How do you bring peace to the depths of your child’s heart when he seems to be in a constant state of chaos? How do you bring peace to your home when his siblings never know if rules will be followed and boundaries will be kept? How do you find hope for his future when all you can see is impulsivity, poor decision-making and erratic behavior?

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David Vosburg
God’s Dreams for Your Children

“To grant to those who mourn in Zion – to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3, ESV)

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Me Too

We all wore whites and corals to a family wedding in the Flint Hills this past weekend. The winery overlooked neatly grown rows of grapes and miles of Midwestern fields while the early summer breeze kept us cool under the hot sun. We met some relatives for the very first time, caught up with those who drove or flew in from all over the country, and took more pictures than was reasonable for a four hour celebration.

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Not the Only One

For some, the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday is a very non-complicated celebration of the woman who gave & loved them thru life. For others, the day of celebration is a bit more complicated. Specifically for adoptive mothers, the day is one which is shared with another. I am Alexander’s mother and forever will be. But, I am not the only mother he’s had.

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My Unexpected Love for Caseworkers

When my husband and I became foster parents, we knew we would form relationships with the children in our home. We also anticipated forming relationships with those children’s parents as they worked toward reunification. But meaningful relationships with the children’s caseworkers?? Not something that had ever crossed my mind. When two little boys were placed with us, I envisioned coming alongside their mom, encouraging and supporting her as she worked hard to get her children back.

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Loving a Wild Child

“Stop acting like an animal!” I shout exasperated. “You’re a BOY; not an animal!” When I envisioned parenting, I could not have imagined those were the words I’d say to my 6-year old son on a daily basis. But some days, it seems as if a silverback gorilla, the animal he’s typically channeling, has invaded my house.

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Worship in the Waiting

It was the phone call we never saw coming. Our adoption agency called to tell us of a birthmother who was expecting a baby boy. She asked us if our hearts were open to having our profile shown again. With a surprising look on both our faces and butterflies in our stomachs, we said “sure,” without hesitation, and she said she would call us by the end of the week so we would know the outcome.

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I'm a Better Mother Than Her

He lives in my heart always, but in my house occasionally, and I’m only sometimes his mother by occupation. I take him for awhile when she needs me to, when she throws up her hands and says she just can’t do it right now.

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Second Chances

When 6-years old, my son asked from the backseat, “Hey, Dad. Do you know the difference between mercy & grace?” Without waiting for any parental input, he continued. “Mercy is when you get a second chance. But grace. Grace is unending second chances”. And after a slight pause & quiet sigh, “I sure wish my mom would show me more grace…”

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