From Hidden to Risen

“Quiz me on this rock,” he said, holding up a bone-colored, jagged- edge stone. I could almost see his words of response at the edge of his lips, ready. My nine-year old has always been excited about geology. Any mention from me is all it takes to open the floodgates of his excitement and stored … Continue reading From Hidden to Risen

One Year with Everly

It’s been a year of crossing bridges and constructing them. We’ve seen our girl cross milestones this first year together:  ABCs, shapes, colors and 123s.  Climbing, jumping, sorting, discovering.  Here’s where adoption is different though: our little girl has trekked mountains while passing through these expected milestones.  It wasn’t just ABCs, it was ABCs in … Continue reading One Year with Everly

Loving Our Younger Selves

It was cold and overcast on our daughter’s Gotcha Day. We drove away from the adoption agency in a small, navy blue van with another adoptive family. Our little girl rode on my lap, still unaware of what was happening. She went from playing with the new toys we’d given her to looking up at … Continue reading Loving Our Younger Selves

6 months to a new normal

At our very first post adoption meeting, when we were still shaky and quietly wondering if things were really going to be okay in the end, our adoption specialist told us that we would probably feel “normal”  again in 6 months.  "Normal," meaning, we would probably forget what it felt like before Everly came home.  … Continue reading 6 months to a new normal

1 month home with Everly

On our flight to South Korea for our first trip to meet Everly, I wrote a piece about the capacity of our hearts for She Loves Magazine. Our new normal has my heart, mind and body stretched wide beyond what feels like capacity once again.  Daily, I have to remind myself that an immeasurable God … Continue reading 1 month home with Everly