When someone asks, “How’s your mom doing?” I usually stumble through a reply. Sometimes I shrug and say, “She’s about the same.” Yet that’s not exactly true. My mom is slowly, gradually declining. My mom has dementia. Yet even though the question is hard to answer, I’m grateful when people ask. I need to know that Mom still matters to my friends, as she matters to me, and as … [Read more...] about How’s your mom doing?
Strengthening the bonds of family, those we were born with, those we are married to and those beyond who create a safe place for us to trust and grow.
One thing I’ve learned in life is that when you’re listening to someone tell a story of some injustice, or hardship, there are always two sides to every story. As I was growing up, my adopted family treated me like one of their own, I always felt accepted and loved as I was growing up. Every once in a while, somebody would look at me different, or treat me different when they’d … [Read more...] about Indigenous Voice: There are two sides to every story
As Pokay Say looked into the face of her newborn baby, she was filled with joy. Ayla would be her 13th child. Pokay was 45 years old when she conceived, and the doctor was concerned there might be complications. Pokay was advised that the pregnancy should be terminated. But she vowed that she would have this child and raise it no matter what. Now looking into her baby’s … [Read more...] about A mother’s love that never gives up
There are six biblical conditions that are central in transferring your faith to your kids and grandkids. These truths are anchored by two key words: authenticity and intentionality. In part 1, we learned to keep a soft heart towards God; to keep the passion alive in our marital relationships; and to practice perpetual re-engagement with our spouses and families. There are … [Read more...] about An unbroken line of faith part 2
November is Adoption Awareness Month. It is aptly named and provides a focus for everyone involved in adoption to reflect on how they are affected by it and the role they play. This includes the government, the children of adoption, families who have been created by adoption over the years, birth parents, licensed adoption agencies, prospective adopting parents, associations of … [Read more...] about The children of adoption