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the myth about adoption

Sunday afternoon the girls and I are in the mini-van, and we start talking about our friends Sean and Megan who are adopting little Emelia from Ethiopia. (Please pray they get news soon. They had so hoped to bring her…

blessed by adoption (part 2)

I say Part 2, because when I was looking for the post where I wrote about this shirt, I realized that I used the same exact title as last time. And if I wasn’t on “A-Sabbatical-of-Sorts” this week, I’d write…

blessed by adoption

If you know me at all, you know I’m a t-shirt kind of girl. So much so that t-shirts comprise roughly 96% of (the upper half of) my entire wardrobe. (Which is probably why my shoulders are FREAKING OUT and…

the “41” challenge!

In honor of my 41st birthday today (happy birthday to me!), I want to have a little contest. Here’s how it will work. 1. I’m going to make a list of FORTY-ONE challenges (some easy, some a little harder). 2.…

lean on me

Our family is no stranger to compliments. (“Wow, you guys are amazing.” “You’ve given up so much.” “I love the way you love people.”) Oh, sure, we get our share of negativity (“You people are nut jobs.” etc etc), but,…

the beautiful unexpected

I asked my friend, Val, to share her story back in February during our Real. Hard. Love. series, but some things came up, and she didn’t get the chance. So, she’s sharing today on the 3-year anniversary of the day…

what's your story? {day 12}

I promised you people (youse guys, all y’all) that this month’s Real. Hard. Love. series wouldn’t be all about marriage, since you don’t all fit in that demographic. But most of the stories I’ve collected ended up being about that…

jasper pendants! (super-duper september)

Guess what! Today’s guest is another internet-turned-real-life friend of mine! (These are some of my favorite kind of people, you know.) And all of a sudden, I feel this crazy, burning desire to spend some more face-to-face time with Melissa,…

beaded crosses! (super-duper september)

Super-excited today to introduce you to a gal I’ve got a lot in common with. We even share blood. My dad & her mom are siblings, just a few years apart. And I won’t go into it all here, but…

noonday collection (super-duper september!)

Starting Super-Duper September off with a bang today, friends! Carey e-mailed me last week and totally made my day. Our e-mail conversation was fast and furious with lots of CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points (!!!!) and “Me too! Me too!”…