Traveling: It Doesn’t Leave Us the Same

Traveling changes a person. It takes you out of familiar and sets you down into different and new. New tastes and smells, different language and lifestyle. You get a glimpse of how other people live and do the very same things you do every day. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert I was fourteen the first time I stepped foot into a different country and culture. I went on a mission trip to the Bahamas with my youth group. I don’t remember a…

Asking the Question: Should I Adopt or Foster?

While Filipe and I are on sabbatical I’m taking a trip down memory lane and going through the archives. Crazy thing is you find things you never remember writing. I wrote this in 2010, three years before we started our adoption process and four years before bringing our boys home. It’s cool to look back and remember that adoption was part of our story all along. Could adoption or foster care be a part of your story too? Problems. Everywhere you turn they are staring us in the face. People are hurting, broken, and lonely. Children are suffering, orphaned,…

Daring Greatly

Filipe and I are currently on sabbatical. If all is going according to plan then by the time you are reading this we are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea near the country of Montenegro sailing toward the Greek Islands. In addition to enjoying each other and two weeks sans kids, we are studying early church history and the journeys the Apostle Paul made. Of course Paul didn’t have the luxury of sailing on Princess Cruise Line, but we’re in the same waters. 😉 In these waters Paul endured hardships, shipwrecks, and heartache, a man who…

Why We Don’t Allow Our Kids to Say “I Know”

While Filipe and I are on sabbatical I’m revisiting the archives and adding a little present day commentary along the way. This week our kids are heading to Grandma’s house while Filipe and I fly to Rome, Italy. We are so thrilled.  I first posted this in 2010 and it’s something we still talk about as a family today.  A couple of weeks ago my two girls were playing together in the corner of the living room. I was sitting nearby and heard Lily say, “Cailyn, Daddy says we can’t say that.” Not hearing what…