• 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,…

  • FAITH

    my favorite books of 2012

    2012 might go down as the year where I read the least amount of books (for myself, that is, I’m sure I’ve read hundreds of books to Raeca including The Lorax about 7,853 times). And while I read a mere 18 books this year half that number are on this list. Less books but lots of great ones. I’ve listed my favorite from the year in the order that I completed them: Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick // A great book on prayer and an excellent reminder that God really does answer our prayers. One of my favorite quotes from the book: “I’m not raising my kids to survive…

  • BOOKS,  FAITH

    recent reads

    I have always had a dislike for the back cover of books. I almost always refuse to read the brief summary of the book before I have read at least half of it. Some books have a synopsis so detailed there is almost no point to reading the actual book. A lot of the books I read are based off of recommendations from friends, written by authors I like, quoted in books I’ve previously read, or just has a nice cover (yes, I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but I totally do). Lately a lot of the books that I have been reading have fit so…

  • FAITH

    live intentionally

    If you keep doing what you are doing you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Maybe it’s time to get out of your rut and find a new path. God will help you change direction and accomplish new goals that alight with His will. Don’t settle for the mediocrity of an unplanned life, start living intentionally. -InTouch Ministries magzine P.S. Canadians and Americans can get the InTouch magazine for free each month, just fill out this form. source with love, Chantel

  • FAITH

    live simply . . .

    I have to admit, I’ve been feeling rather stressed lately. This week we say good bye to our savings account and financial security as I knew it. I’m finding it much harder than expected. We were fortunate to have enough savings to pay for about 1/3 of our adoption and I have lately found my stressing over the other 2/3. Then this  morning I headed over to the Give1Save1 blog, as I often do, and today Beth is trying to get sponsors to provide the basic necessities for kids in Ethiopia. Part of me really wanted to sponsor one of the kids and another part though But we need that…