It’s Impossible…

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    It’s impossible to pass through April 25th without thinking of Selah. But I hesitate to write much because I don’t have any expectations of others remembering and don’t ever want to imply that I do… I also waver because some who are hurting don’t ever witness love-surrounding. And some who are hurting, have not yet [Read More...]

Five Years Ago Today…

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  This card came in the mail yesterday. From Selah’s doctor up at the Children’s Hospital. She remembers every year. Just one word– Selah, To pause and value. And I went walking with some friends this morning and one said– “It’s not that you miss the person less… It’s that around you, life fills (with [Read More...]

And Then He Told Me That I’m Adopted…

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I don’t know why it never “clicked” before– How I’m adopted too. But somewhere in the middle of our first journey down the road of adoption, I came across these verses… “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, [Read More...]

Ways to Weep With…

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  Weeping With Those Who Weep–   Four years ago last April…I fell asleep slumped over a hospital bed, up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. And the next morning our daughter Selah died. And I was kicking myself for moments-lost-in-slumber. At first there was the piercing pain, where it was difficult to even breathe. It was [Read More...]

And These Are Hard Words…

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I pull out those bright, plastic, yellow men that shout– “Children at Play” to the oncoming cars. And I see the swarms in our yard and backyard and on the hill behind our house. Laughing. Screaming. Children of life. But then her email comes… A heart-friend whose adoption has fallen through. And she longs for a full house, but I [Read More...]

Four Years Ago Tonight…

…I fell asleep slumped over a hospital bed. Up at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. And the next morning Selah died. And I was kicking myself for moments-lost-in-slumber. Today this card came in the mail. One word full of so much love… From the doctor who was our doctor during that last week.. And it brought it [Read More...]

Remembering Heaven (Sharing today over at The Better Mom)

April 25 th.The day Selah died. One deep-special-heart-ache-reason that I long for Heaven.But really,There are so many reasons why– Heaven changes everything. Please join me over at The Better Mom today… Where I’m sharing about why we all need to talk to our children about Heaven (with suggested resources to encourage the dialogue). Please join [Read More...]

Today She Would’ve Been Four

That’s what I woke up thinking this morning–As the alarm-buzz jolted me to reality.Those first years after she died, this day was so heavy,Such a looming blanket of darkness…That seemed to smother joy. And I’m thinking of two in particular, as I write–Who will face this Christmas in that new pain, That fresh sting…An empty hole where fullness once filled [Read More...]

Today She Would’ve Been Four

That’s what I woke up thinking this morning–As the alarm-buzz jolted me to reality.Those first years after she died, this day was so heavy,Such a looming blanket of darkness…That seemed to smother joy. And I’m thinking of two in particular, as I write–Who will face this Christmas in that new pain, That fresh sting…An empty hole where fullness once filled [Read More...]

Our Adoption Story

I don’t really remember– When God first put adoption on my heart, Or my husband’s heart. It was a process… It started back before we had biological children. When I would check the Oregon waiting children pages. And I would read their stories. And my heart would hurt. And I would feel unable— Unwilling– Not [Read More...]

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