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Foster Care

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

Around The World With The Archibald Project (Or, our first podcast!!!)

Around The World With The Archibald Project (Or, our first podcast!!!)

I’m a writer, which means small talk sends anxiety coursing through most of my body, most of the time. Give me a day and I’ll give you my thoughts, the pretty solid ones. Give me a few seconds and I usually sound like an inarticulate […]

It Hurts So Good (Or, something like that)

It Hurts So Good (Or, something like that)

Right now, we’re in a bizarre, breathless, bonkers kind of season. In. It. I was wine-ing (yes, that’s a verb) with a beautiful friend recently, and after laying it all out on the table (that held our wine, be sure to visualize that part, it […]

God Will Find a Way to Find Your Heart

God Will Find a Way to Find Your Heart

Remember when you had it all figured out? How your family would come together? What your career would look like? Where you thought you’d live (And for how long?! Three houses in five years was not in my plan.)? When your future would perfectly fall […]