GOTCHA!! 1 Year Later.

A year ago at about this exact time B and I rode a rickety elevator to a too-high-up-for-my-liking floor somewhere in Beijing, China to meet our daughter for the first time. Just like our first two adoptions, we didn't really know what we were walking into and just like with the first two; it didn't... Continue Reading →


Running on Emotion

From the time of my conception all the way to the time of my **Father's sudden death I witnessed and was victim of his emotions. That was how he controlled us, well most of us. My little sister was uncontrollable in this area and pretty much gave him the middle finger at every given chance... Continue Reading →

Living in the Land of What If.

**This was originally posted on my blog Capturing Joy chronicling our 2nd adoption. I have edited it for this post. Original post is here. ** "Where are you from?" is a common question everywhere I've lived. Since leaving Canada at age 12 its painfully obvious, pretty much everywhere I've moved that I am not from where... Continue Reading →

Tricks of the Trade

Being a mom for over 24 years I've learned a few tricks of the trade over the years and thought I would share them on here, for posterity if nothing else. Fels-Naptha. If you haven't discovered this little gem you're missing out. I wish I had known about it when my now big boys were... Continue Reading →

My Gifts this Christmas

Christmas is over. All the decorations neatly packed away ready for next year and a slight lingering sadness. This, our first Christmas in California was different to say the least. It was like no other Christmas for the last 23 years we've been married. We were missing a son and his wife. There was loss... Continue Reading →

All the Firsts

Psalm 143:5  I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. When you experience a death they tell you the first year is the hardest. The reason? It is a year of "firsts" without your loved one. First birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, you get the... Continue Reading →

The Word Made Visible

I'm reading a devotional on the You Version app called Rethink Christmas and wanted to share yesterday's because it has had an impact on my heart. "When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.”—2 Kings 22:11 Do you remember what you were doing at eight years old?... Continue Reading →

Permission to Grieve

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. ~ Anne Roiphe The past 5 months have been excruciating, amazing, exhausting, adventuresome, overwhelming, beautiful and any other paradoxical adjectives you can think of to describe our time here. While we've had so much fun meeting new people, going... Continue Reading →

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