Here’s a heart warming story about the adoption of an almost 18 year old, just before he aged out of foster care.
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again.
Summer has been fun, but it is nice to be heading back to a regular routine.
Our youngest son is six, but resembles a three year old in many ways
After a particularly long day, I am thinking back about positives in some challenging, even irritating moments.
- Pursue what you love to do, no matter what. He is an outdoor kid. He loves to go biking. It felt like he asked about 10,00 times if we could go biking. No matter how many times he as told no, or later, he kept on going until we went out.
- Always find time to play. Another common request is to play with him. Very often, it is when w are tired, or not really wanting to.
- Express your emirates In theMidwest off the no, or later, he will often cry. He can go over the top sometimes, but there is no doubt h mo doubt how he feels.
Just some thoughts from a weary parent.
Secrets can hold a great deal of power, if we let them.
There are good secrets, like presents and surprises. These secrets are usually kept for a short period of time, and because they are for a good purpose.
The secrets that have power tend to be darker, the things that we don’t want known from our past. People go to great lengths to keep things quiet and out of sight.
There are some things that shouldn’t necessarily be widely known.
We often go to great lengths to put up a front that everything is going well, even though things may becoming completely unglued.
The power of secrets is broken by being honest, with people that are safe. These are usually close friends, with a relationship developed and tested over time.
Francesca Battistelli is a Christian artist. She released an album in 2014 titled “If We’re Honest”. The title track is very powerful. Here’s a link to the YouTube videoIf We’re Honest.
When we admit to each other that we are a mess, we gain freedom. We don’t have to waste energy hiding our crap. We can just be real with each other
It can be a long road to get to this point.
Not everyone is safe to be brutally honest with.
Still, it is important to be honest.
It takes too much energy to keep the walls from falling in.
To be honest, it is life draining.
The cumulative effect of things takes a toll over time. In the last 18 months, we have received a significant diagnosis for each of our kids. My parents have both had challenges. Our extended family has been dealing with a number of challenges. To be honest, I am worn down by all of these things. But is necessary to keep moving forward, and finding a place where energy can be restored. It can be a huge challenge, especially when it seems everyone wants one more piece.
In spite of this, life is still good. God provides.
And energy is better spent on living, rather than keeping up the walls.
We’ve had some pretty hot weather over the past week or so.
It’s been uncomfortable at times, but this the type of weather we wait all winter for.
It’s really hard to believe that July is half gone.
Before we know it, it will be September and back to school time.
Until then, we just have to enjoy the weather.
Over the past few months, I’ve been reading a few different blogs, and picking up a few different tips about how to function more efficiently in all aspects of life.
The most recent resource I participared in was the Work by Design summit, hosted by Claire Diaz-Ortiz. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, and helped shape the experience.
Access is available to the Work by Design Summit here.
This is a special day for us.
Ten years ago, our baby was delivered. By a social worker. To our front door..
That little boy has become a bright, creative, energetic young man.
I was just looking total views, and it is closing in on 5,000.
There are some days it feels like everyone is link get up to take one more kick, punch, stab, or whatever else. These days are just draining.
I took the boys to buy a birthday card. Tate wrote his name, as usual. Then Reid wrote his name. I was surpriseded. There have been a few significant things happening recently. Progress happens step by step.
I happened to hear a song on the radio recently that spok to me in the midst of challfesges. It was I will trust in You – Lauren Daigle.
No matter what’s going on, we have tip trust in God to work things out.