Article originally published on Her View From Home: Common suffering has a unique way of building community. It starts with those small and inconsequential struggles. Two moms with tantruming toddlers throw sympathetic smiles to each other at the park. A knowing glance is cast when the woman in the checkout line buys chocolate, ice cream, tampons, … Continue reading Shared Suffering Builds Close Community
26 months since application, 12 months and 1 day since receiving her referral, and it finally happened. We were united with our daughter! In many ways, things have been far better than we could have ever asked or imagined. Meeting our daughter's caretakers was incredibly encouraging. We were bracing for a large orphanage where everyone … Continue reading The Problem I Wasn’t Prepared For.
It's been just over 2 years. The call is coming any day. FINALLY. My ringer is set as loud as possible, but I still impulsively check my phone every five minutes. I can't miss this call. Somehow I've missed all the other ones... the one telling us they'd found a placement, the one telling us … Continue reading The Call That’s Going to Change Everything
I love extravagant demonstrations of mission. My heart is always stirred by the testimonies of those who take radical steps of sacrifice for the glory of Christ. The millionaire who lives simply in order to give the majority of his income away, the family who adopts children with significant health challenges or special needs, the pastor … Continue reading Sometimes Radical Mission Takes the Boring Road
There is a group of people that I love to spend time with, but with whom I always feel a bit out of place. They are lovely people, so the discomfort has nothing to do with how I am treated. But you know that feeling you get when you encounter people who have experienced life … Continue reading Feeling Out of Place
Over the past several of months, I've frequently felt overwhelmed. Occasionally this has been attributable to an overly busy schedule, sick and whiny kids, or the to-do list I just can't tackle. But typically it's related to more emotional reasons. It can be connected to personal struggles, such as waiting for my daughter. Other times … Continue reading The Gift of Being Overwhelmed