Santos Adoption: A Week Later

We’ve been in Brazil for a week now. We left our house in Santa Clara at 10am October 16th and arrived on the doorstep of our temporary house in Curitiba at 10pm on October 17th. I was amazed at how well our kids did on the flights. They switched off between coloring, watching shows on their iPods or movies on their personal screens in front of their seats, and slept. My biggest mistake was watching A Fault in our Stars on the first flight. The tears. Oh my. Our flight from Houston to Sao Paulo was…

Tomorrow:the beginning of the end of our adoption journey.

Tomorrow. The day we’ve been hoping for and dreaming of for almost two years will arrive. Tomorrow, our family of five will fly to Brazil and on December 4th we will return as a family of seven. Today I woke up in the early morning hours (when it was still dark outside) remembering all of the things I had left to pack. When I glanced at the clock at realized it was only 4AM and so I did what any other normal person would do and tried to go back to sleep. After about 45…

How a Jawbone, Knee Pain, & $5 Turned Me into a Runner

Before I can share about my new-found love for running, you first need to understand how much I hated running prior to the summer. And I’m talking with a capital H. I grew up in a part of the country where the humidity hovered around 100% year-round (and even if it technically didn’t, it sure felt like it did) and I had asthma. I played sports as a kid, but always managed to steer clear of the ones that required too much running (like volleyball & cheerleading). Somehow during my junior year of high school,…

Learning about Grace through Adoption

This page sat open for over a week on a tab of my computer. It screams at me to “add new post”. I want to, oh how I want to. But every time I clicked on it I just sat and stared. Blank. I would suddenly remember something else, something more important, on my to-do list and let the distraction whisk me away. Soon, I promised myself. I’ll share soon. I am so overwhelmed by what God is doing in our family right now and finding the right words feels has felt daunting. But I don’t want…

Waving Goodbye to Summer

I love summer for its time. Time to sit and linger over a warm cup of coffee till 10am. Time to read one more chapter of that book when you should be getting dinner started. Time for one more episode of that new favorite TV show on Netflix late in the evening. During the summer I look at the clocks far less. I hardly know what day it is as I enjoy the moment in front of me more. For me, summer makes space. Space for new ideas, new friends, new rhythms. During summertime my…

Your Kindness Changes Everything

God amazes me. Ever since I felt God calling us into this journey to adopt, I knew that if it was His doing, He would provide a way. Stepping out in faith and moving forward isn’t easy, in fact, it’s pretty scary. What if I was wrong? What if He doesn’t provide? But I can honestly say I haven’t been worried at all- and that in itself is a miracle. For me, money and worry seem to go hand-in-hand. But God hasn’t just provided. He’s provided abundantly everything we need just as we need it. No…

A Family Update, An Adoption Update, & The Referral

I’m sorry not sorry for the lack of updates around the blog lately. I am in a season where my family has a front seat and the time to sit in front of a computer screen is few and far between. A year ago I would have been frustrated by it; today I’m soaking it in. The days will come again when I have time to sit and write (naptime did that for me for 7.5 yrs), but that day is not today. Today I’m in the trenches of motherhood. I’m have heart-to-heart conversations about wise…

Who Qualifies to be Loved?

Loving people. It’s part of the Great Commandment. But so many Christians get hung up on it. Who qualifies? Who doesn’t? I’m currently reading quickly through the Gospels. What I’m noticing most right now is how Jesus responds to people. The way he tells people not to talk about the miracles he’s performed- He’s not seeking attention. The way he defends women for their bold actions, and, though it wasn’t culturally acceptable for women to get a seat up close- He still gave them one. The way he leads his disciples- a rough group of…

An Adoption Update: The Wait

Now that all of our paperwork is done, we are currently in the “waiting” phase. It seems like any day we could get the call that could change our family. But many days have passed and we continue to wait. Waiting isn’t always easy, but I find myself at peace knowing there is nothing I can do to change anything. I have complete trust that God is behind the scenes working and will open the right door in His timing. Yesterday, Filipe sent the following email to our friends. I thought I would share it…

The Christian Labels & the Fruit

My dad grew up Catholic, my mom Baptist. When I was two years old we started attending an Assemblies of God Church. While attending Mass in the Catholic Church, I remember the stand-up sit-down routine and the smell of the incense filling the pews. I can still hear the organ, after Sunday School in the Baptist Church, commanding attention while I clenched the hymnal and dutifully recited the lyrics on the page in front of me. During the praise and worship in the Assemblies of God Church, I remember the long gaps between songs as people…