• starbucks has a red cup and suddenly the church cares about orphans in america

    this keeps showing up in my facebook newsfeed. apparently some Christians have an issue with the new starbucks cup because it’s red and doesn’t have traditional Christmas designs. and apparently some other Christians have an issue with those Christians caring more about a starbucks cup than things that really matter. and apparently to show those Christians that the red cup doesn’t really matter, some Christians are grabbing this image and posting it all over the place to highlight something that matters. something that really, really matters. but, why didn’t it matter before starbucks rolled out their red cups? why can starbucks cause the church to talk about orphans today, but…

  • our last night

    it’s come to an end.  we’ve squeezed in as much time as we could last night and today.  our sweet girl is away with school all week so she’s missed out on some of the family fun.  i’m quite sure she’s having a good amount of fun on her own though. last night we looked at a 12 passenger van.  turns out we will actually need one.  we’ve been wondering what would be best for our family-a chevy, a ford, or a nissan.  the chevy and ford are very similar and i did quite a bit of driving a big ford van in my jr. high leader days at church,…

  • merry Christmas 2013

    we hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas eve and day celebration! if you’ve wandered here to see the videos we mentioned in our Christmas letter, you can find them up above when you click on the videos link. if you are here because you check in every once in a while only to find out i haven’t updated recently, i’m glad you’re here for this update! Christmas took on a whole new meaning for our family this year as God has brought margee into our lives. the video about margee, up in the video link, josh and i first saw in august. it broke our hearts and we…

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  • special needs adoption

    when i hear the phrase ‘special needs adoption’, even though i know what it means, i immediately think of a situation where a child has a severe mental or physical disability.  and then i think about my kids and the fact that in the adoption world, they were considered special needs.  how did they qualify as special needs? they are a minority. they are a sibling group. they’re old.  or at least one of them was at the time they were placed for adoption. i know these things. know them.  yet, they still break my heart. we attended an informational meeting, for our second adoption, a few weeks ago at…

  • because Jesus really is the answer

    friday was horrifying.  it happened.  yet, it’s unimaginable. i’m behind on my Christmas decorating.  it took us two and a half weeks to get the tree fully ornamented.  i can’t find our stockings.  i just put up the nativity saturday night. i turned on the news right before i went down to the basement to gather my garland and nativity set.  people say to turn off the news.  us tuning in sensationalizes what happened.  it’ll make other people want to do the same thing.  well, the media will report it whether we watch it or not.  it’s what they do. i left the news on.  i could hear the stories,…