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A Letter to my Daughter on Adoption Day

A Letter to my Daughter on Adoption Day

Baby Girl, Right before our very first court date together, I wrote you a letter. And on your Adoption Day, I’m here again, offering the thing that sifts my tumult and channels it towards wholeness. My words. Even so, I’m not sure how to say […]

Tuesday (Or, What Reunifying My Foster Daughter Feels Like)

Tuesday (Or, What Reunifying My Foster Daughter Feels Like)

Hey, Tuesday. It’s always a Tuesday. Why is it always a Tuesday? My friends and I have a running joke, #tuesday, to express the random life-flipping things that can, and do, pop up in our crazy worlds of foster care and adoption. These events can […]

A Posture of Surrender: A Story of Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Finding Gifts in Grief

A Posture of Surrender: A Story of Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Finding Gifts in Grief

I met Breanne a year ago while planning for a conference called Choose Joy. Foreshadowing much? She carpooled with my friend, Kristi, and me from San Diego to Palm Springs for a steering committee retreat. In true girls-who-get-each-other fashion, we pretty much gabbed all things […]

That Time I Praised God That I Wasn’t Anyone’s Real Mom.

That Time I Praised God That I Wasn’t Anyone’s Real Mom.

Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mom. Titles, roles, words that make up me. And, how I love words. These are the relationships that tether my heart, that give me weight – so I don’t float away. These are the components that craft character. Distinctiveness. Not meant to […]

A Letter to My Foster Daughter

A Letter to My Foster Daughter

Baby Girl, Here’s the thing. Couldn’t you be just a little less adorable? A little less divine? A little less porcelainskinsparklingblueeyestenacitysassyaudacity wrapped in soft pink? Because the way you wash over us like a tidal wave? I don’t think you are really fighting fair. From the […]

Running on Hope: A Story of Finding Fatherhood in the Trenches of Trauma

Running on Hope: A Story of Finding Fatherhood in the Trenches of Trauma

Adoption? Is not romantic. Love? Is not enough to chase down demons. No one wants to hear that. Especially not me. Not this momma who parents a child brought into her family by adoption and who plans to travel that path again. Not this momma […]

Organized Freedom: A Story of Foster Care, Adoption, Grit, and God’s Grace

Organized Freedom: A Story of Foster Care, Adoption, Grit, and God’s Grace

Have you ever prayed for something, desperately desired something, and finally received it? Only to discover it’s not exactly what you wanted? That it isn’t playing out how you always illustrated in your idealized imaginings? That’s what happened to Lyndsay. With motherhood. But, spoiler alert, […]

Broken Hallelujah: A Story of Infertility, Failed Adoption, and Perfect Hope

Broken Hallelujah: A Story of Infertility, Failed Adoption, and Perfect Hope

You know that friend you have, who is fairly unassuming, undeniably sweet and has an incredible outlook on life…but doesn’t even know it. Yep, for me, that’s Shauna. When I emailed her about being one of the first subjects of the #heysunshinemovement she text me […]

Divine Misdirection

Divine Misdirection

Ok, I’ll just come right out and say it. Something I’ve told exactly zero people besides my husband (and even that was 7 months later). When I traveled to Uganda on a media mission last April I was sure I would arrive home weary, inspired, […]

Lyrics To Love To

Lyrics To Love To

It’s the last day of National Adoption Month and I’ve been sort of quiet, by my passionate standards anyway, for the past 30 days. I’ve posted sporadically, but I haven’t completely gone there. Not yet. Not here. Not sure why. And then? The final @knittogetherbyadoption […]