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Infertility– Suffering, Marriage, Friendship and Faith Radio Interview – Foster Parents Article

It was a weird moment the other day when I verbalized to my husband that we are now experiencing secondary infertility. About fifteen years ago we were diagnosed with infertility, adopted four kids, experienced two miracle pregnancies that ended with the births of our sons (and two ectopic pregnancies) and now here we are again. We don’t necessarily want to have more biological kids, but the weird thing about infertility is that just because you don’t want to get pregnant…

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Bring Your Kids to Church (radio interview) – Foster Parents Article

Maybe somebody out there has a really easy time getting through the morning insanity of church prep, then their kids sit so nicely and quietly during the service (hands folded, obviously) and afterwards the kids have these insightful conversations about all they learned. That is not my life. Yet. I’m still hoping. But we keep going. We practice what we want to become. Some weeks I think we’re almost there and some weeks I nearly cry on the way home…

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RISK – Five Minute Friday – Single Mum, Parents Article

This is another post for Five Minute Friday, where we take 5 minutes to write about a one-word prompt, and then share the post on the Five Minute Friday website. Here’s my post for this week’s prompt. This week’s one-word prompt is: RISK. You can check out all the other great posts, or submit your own post to the link up, right here: Five Minute Friday Link Up 02/21/2020 This week has been pretty good for me. I’ve seen some…

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Think Big: What 2020 Could Hold – Foster Parents Article

2020 is less than a day away! Even with the new decade rapidly approaching, there’s still time this year to make a big difference in the coming year. From now until midnight on Tuesday, December 31, your gift to Lifesong is matched up to $1,000,000.   MATCH MY GIFT!   What would hitting the $1,000,000 match mean for children in 2020?   FOR ADOPTION… 500 more families—like the Tubergens—being one step closer to adoption with help from Lifesong financial assistance. In…

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We Take Our Kids to Funerals – Foster Parents Article

We took our kids to a funeral recently. I was getting ready to explain to them how funerals typically go, until I realized they’ve actually been to quite a few funerals already. And every time we take them, I think about how much easier it would be if we left them at home. It is hard work to bring kids to a solemn service of undetermined length. The normal behaviors of kids– boisterous laughter, games of tag, loud questions– these…

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How Can the Church Respond to Child on Parent Violence and Aggression? – Foster Parents Article

After a long break, I have been galvanised into blogging today by an article published by the Christian organisation, Premier. The article (available to read here) is an uncritical report of the comments of a Christian author (who I have never heard of) on the recent news reporting of an increase in child on parent violence and abuse. Basically, the parents are to blame. Oh, and also schools, the media and society. But mostly the parents. A bit more smacking…

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Financially Impossible? Not for God. – Foster Parents Article

Choosing a hard yes over an easy no. From fundraising to waiting to adjusting, adopting isn’t easy. But with God’s leading, every adoptive and foster family makes the decision to say YES to their child (and the JOY that comes with them), even when it seems impossible. Hear from a Lifesong family who recently shared with us– Bennett’s adoption was our third adoption in 3 years time. We still had outstanding debt for our second adoption when our agency called…

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I Let My Kids Play Tag in the Church Aisles | – Foster Parents Article

My mom played piano and organ for our church when I was a kid. This meant some Saturdays she’d bring my sister and me to the dark, empty church building where we would entertain ourselves for hours while she practiced. We’d roll under the pews, find forgotten communion cups we’d use for our dolls later, play tag between the aisles, and take rest breaks on the stage stairs. And all of this happened with the epic soundtrack of a booming…

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How a Church in Houston is Practically Serving a Largely Forgotten Group of People in Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Toni Steere a few questions about ministry and leadership. Toni is the Director of the Legacy 685 Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Throughout the past ten years, Legacy 685 has faithfully served adoptive and foster families in the greater Houston area as an “outside the walls” ministry!   I asked her four questions, but was particularly blown away by her answer to the first, so I thought I would just…

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Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around supporting those families who are. Philip and his wife are also foster and adoptive parents.   Philip serves in the bay area as well as coaches…

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