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On Ugandan orphans and adoption

Most of my readers know we adopted our daughter, Gabrielle, from Uganda last year. Other than sharing a little of our experience adopting Gabrielle, I have been fairly quiet about Ugandan adoptions on this blog. I have wanted to be sensitive to other families in process. But at the same time, I have been learning everything I can about adoption...

What about Both Ends Burning?

International Adoption Crisis from Both Ends Burning on Vimeo.   What do you think of this video? I first saw it last fall linked to a friend's Facebook page. Another friend posted it today and I decided it was time to learn a little more about Both Ends Burning. The man who is leading the charge, Craig Juntenen, is an interesting character. A...

White mama, black baby

I am a white adoptive mom of a beautiful black daughter adopted from Uganda. This has become a part of my identity. It is something I cannot avoid. It's obvious. Gabrielle and I look like mother and daughter - and at the same time we look nothing like each other. I have a million feelings about this, though I am still struggling...

One child, one family | How to change the world one at a time

One. As I was reading through Matthew 25 yesterday, a word jumped out at me. It is a word that has always been there, but that caught my attention in a new way. As I have been studying God's heart for the fatherless and the others whom Jesus calls "the least of these", I have been reading again through the hundreds of...

The beginning of this book

When my husband and I began our adoption journey two years ago, we knew little about ethical adoption. We wanted another child. We felt God had put adoption on our hearts. We knew there were millions of orphans around the world in need of families. As we read blogs written by adoptive families, we were captivated by the stories of transformation....

Today is World AIDS Day

This is a post I originally wrote on December 1, 2011 - World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1 - but more than 33 million people live with HIV or AIDS every day. I want to share the truth about HIV and AIDS everyday until the stigma is gone. Did you know that more than 30 million people...

And so the adventure begins

I wrote this blog one year ago - and looking back it is amazing what God has done in 12 months! Around this time last year, we felt God calling us to radically change how we were living. And so we did. We sold our house, our cars and more than half our stuff. We moved to London. Mark went back...

We are disciples

It has been more than two weeks since Together for Adoption. I am still reading through my notes, reflecting on everything I learned. So often when I attend a conference I am inspired. I walk away motivated and excited. But seldom do I walk away all that different. But at least for me, Together for Adoption was revolutionary. It's not what I...

We are missionaries

When I was fifteen years old, I became a Christian. God changed me from the inside out. Growing up I thought Christianity was about rules. Rebellious by nature, I wanted nothing to do with religion that was about being good. The Jesus I met as a struggling teenager was about grace. God changed my heart and made me a part of his...

What does it mean to be a missional church? We are family

If you had asked me a week ago what I thought it meant to be a missional church, I would have said three things. First, missional churches love and teach the God’s Word. Second, missional churches are relevant to their cultural context. Third, missional churches are focused on reaching out like missionaries in their own communities. This is all true. But with...

Introducing Gabrielle Sarah

Introducing our beautiful daughter, Gabrielle Sarah. Gabrielle Sarah was born on October 16, 2010 weighing about 5 pounds and 8 ounces. We met her on February 3, 2011. When we held her for the first time, we knew right away that God was calling us to be her family. We returned to Uganda six weeks later and Gabrielle Sarah was placed in our arms on...

One hour from now…

I meant to get up earlier and write more. Most days our children have been waking up at 6:30, already hot and sweaty. Last night, however, it was cool and raining. We all slept much better. We did not wake up until 8:00. It's now 9:00. In one hour, we have one of the most important moments of our lives. We...