Monthly Scripture Writing Challenge: Orphan Care

    With November being Adoption Awareness Month and Ephraim’s adoption anniversary it seems like the perfect month for an orphan care Scripture writing challenge. I don’t think that every Christian needs to adopt or foster (but I’m not opposed to the idea either!) but we are all called to help the fatherless and needy. You’ll notice that the verses for this challenge are not all orphan specific, there are a lot of verses about doing good that don’t specifically point out orphan care. It plainly says in the Bible that people will know we are Christians by the way we treat those around us and one of the ways we can do…

  • Our First Foster Care Placement!

    The Foster Care System is Unpredictable & Our First Placement!

    Like I mentioned last week, our social worker told us to expect a call early this week. Rae was already disappointed when a call didn’t come on Friday. By the end of the day Monday she was devastated. She had pretty much reduced to a constant moan. Ha, I told her to enjoy the quiet while she could! Then a call didn’t come on Tuesday. On Wednesday Rae said a call was going to come either at 12:00 or 3:06. Lunch came and went and still no call. But then at 3:03 the call came! (She was just 3 minutes off!)     That call resulted in a series of…

  • I Would Get Too Attached - A Common Foster Care Concern

    “I Would Get Too Attached” – A Common Foster Care Concern

    Well, as of Thursday afternoon we are officially an approved foster family! Rae was hoping for a placement call on Friday and kept asking me what the odds of getting a call were, my answer was 50/50: either we get a call or we don’t. Thanks to Corner Gas for that wonderful logic:   “What are the chances that we have a riot in Dog River?” Karen: “I’d say 50-50: either we get a riot, or we don’t.”   No call came on Friday. Not really a surprise since our worker said she usually tells the placement team to not give a first placement on a Friday because if we…

  • Why We are Choosing to Foster Instead of Adopting Again

    Why We Are Choosing to Foster (Instead of Adopting Again)

    We’ve had a number of people ask us in the last couple of months why we made the decision to start the process to become foster parents and specifically why foster care over another adoption, so, let’s chat about that! Next month marks five years since we adopted Ephraim! And while the journey to him was long and at times painful, we cannot imagine our lives without him, he has brought so much good into our lives, God really knew what he was doing by putting him in our family. So, obviously we are pretty pro-international adoption. And to be honest, we did look into international adoption again.   I mean,…

  • When God Writes a Different Story

    This Isn’t Where We Were Supposed to Be Right Now (Literally)

    Last year I started saving for a big trip. Italy has been on my bucket list forever and I really wanted to make it happen. Jared and the kids were leaning towards France so I crunched some numbers and figured out approximately how much we would need to visit both countries for a couple of weeks and I started saving. At the beginning of this year I was close to the savings goal and in our budget I had it labeled Europe 2019. I was blocking off the end of September and beginning of October to be on the trip of a lifetime. And then God decided to shake my world up.…


    A Little About a Lot

    The summer is drawing to an end and I totally didn’t mean to ignore this blog for the majority of the summer but that’s kind of how it ended up I guess. Even though it’s been quiet on the blog, a lot has been going on in our house and so today’s post is going to be a random update on a lot of things and a few short lists of things I’ve been loving lately.   Ephraim’s self portrait   I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING . . . After over four years as a family of four this spring we started to talk about the topic of adoption again,…