• Lessons from the book A Man Called Ove
    FAITH,  HOSPITALITY,  LIVING

    Five Lessons I Learned About Being a Good Neighbor from A Man Called Ove

    Last week I read the book A Man Called Ove. I’ve heard of this book floating around for awhile now but I’m not usually big into contemporaries so I didn’t think much of it. But then, a few weeks ago I read And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by the same author and it moved me to tears so I was ready to give A Man Called Ove a chance. It turns out it also moved me to tears. And I learned some lessons on how to be a good neighbor in the process.     SPOILER ALERT! If you plan on reading this book in…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    As the Waiting Continues

    I’ve questioned many times in the last three years why God seems to like to make us wait. There have been days where I have felt like I honestly could not handle the weight of waiting any longer, it felt like a physical pressure on my chest, one that was affecting my ability to breathe. In the last year there were many days where I wondered if the road towards adoption would close to us again, for good this time. I was starting to doubt that it would actually happen. To say the last few months have been a struggle would be fairly accurate. When we finally got that call…

  • FAITH,  LIFE

    My Life Vision Statement

    I have been working lately at coming up with my life vision statement, inspired by the book Organized Simplicity and this post by Whitney. I didn’t get my vision statement as concise as I would like it and I am sure it will change and evolve over the next few years (because had I made one a few years ago it would have looked completely different). But for now my life vision statement is as follows . . . I aim to bring glory to Christ in all I do by: * investing in family and friends * loving and serving in my community * living simply * being a life long…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    Prayer in the Waiting

    While I’ve been taking time in the last month to write my little eBook devotional I’ve been thinking a lot about all you out there who are also waiting. The waiting game can be a hard one. And I know that I’m not the only one in it. One of the things I’ve been doing lately is trying to not get caught up in my own life while I’m in this season but try to focus on and encourage others. A couple of years ago I read a few amazing books on prayer; The Circle Maker and Sun Stand Still which revolutionized my prayer life (both of which are great reads, I…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    Adoption Evokes Compassion

    I feel like I’ve been a bit negative lately in regards to our adoption. While we are still tired from the waiting and my words remain true, there are so many good things that come with adopting. I believe that this adoption has made each of us more compassionate, and the growth has been most evident in Raeca. At least once a week she asks me about kids with no mommy or daddy. She tells me that she thinks her brother or sister are crying for her because they miss her. She asks me about kids without houses or shoes. She talks about the clothes she will share and the toys she…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    Patience is a Courageous Endurance

    You know those days when you go to church and the sermon feels like it was written just for you? That was me yesterday. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but my Dad is actually one of the pastors in our church. The way it works is we have a few churches with quite a few pastors and they rotate through which means I usually hear my Dad speak once every few months. I’m obviously totally biased but he is my favorite pastor to listen to, for so many reasons but one of them is because he always has an outline with a few points to his sermons,…