December 6 – Have you ever had your very best plans change completely out of your control? I wrote my original post yesterday and so much has already changed! We were all ready to move into our new home on Saturday, but a huge storm hit the mid-west and dumped a ton of snow on my plans. The kids don’t have school and Read More
What is the one word that brings together both grief and joy for a parent? The word that you long for, but dread when it inches closer and closer to reality. I had to say that dreaded word a few weeks ago when we traveled to Santa Barbara, CA Read More
I wanted to share with you the 5 things my daughter has taught me about being real. I also interviewed other moms and asked them the same question, what has your daughter taught you about being real? I think one of the best gifts we can give our daughters is accepting them for who they are and not what we want them to be.
One of the most beautiful stories of love in scripture is when Mary washed the feet of Jesus with her (really) expensive perfume and her hair. I’m sure everyone in the room was shocked beyond belief by her behavior. Culturally, this was unheard of and unacceptable. She was judged, ridiculed, misunderstood, and even mocked. Mary’s behavior to others was … well, just a little crazy. Read More
In the last few years I have been stretched, pulled and sometimes pushed to go outside my comfort zone. This morning proved to be no different in my daily walk to live my life in abandon to where God wants me to serve. What was different about this morning is that God wanted me to see with my own eyes some of the hurt and brokenness that resides outside the comforts of my suburban life. Read More
Welcome to the NEW My Crazy Adoption blog. The new site is designed specifically to help you explore the joys and craziness of mommyhood, read news about adoption, share humanitarian projects for orphan care, inspire you to find your mission, and celebrate life in a radical way. I want this to be an inspiring place you can visit and engage as a reader to grow as moms with a purpose to be world changers. Read More
We are wrapping up another week serving mission teams at Hope Central. They are coming fast and furious. The village of Mateare (are you falling in love yet?) is buzzing with daily building activity and priceless family time as they study the Word of God with teams. I love watching the Nicas and Gringos working side by side, heart to heart. I am grateful to be a tiny part of watching change happen and pouring into the people of Nicaragua the past few months. Read More
My mom-in-law made this incredible soup with the help of my daughter, Hannah during our visit in Arizona in April. It was lip-smackin’ delicious and was actually a hit with my hubby’s dad who was a little skeptical of potpie in a soup! I’m making this on the field this week to bring a little taste of home here to Nicaragua. I’d also like to share one of my favorite blogs here that features inspiring posts to moms & cooking with spirit. Read More
This week has brought many first-time questions from our beautiful daughter, Zoie Senait. I have read so many wonderful books about adoption and preparing for the big questions that will come. Well, they poured in this week. We made a decision when Zoie became a part of our forever family, to be open and honest with her about her birth story. There are some parts of her story we want to wait until she becomes God-confident, but we have always reassured her that asking questions about her adoption is a really good thing.
It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is just around the corner … even in my little corner of the world, in Nicaragua. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to be a mom this year. Most of all, I love being Michael, Hannah and Zoie’s mom for the past 19 years. I can’t imagine being on this mission adventure without my kids. They have conquered the summit of missions living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serving a trash dump and leper community, lived at an orphanage in the rural mountains of Haiti, and now, ministering to Project Hope teams and the community in Managua, Nicaragua. They are superkids! Read More
My Life Is Crazy Too is a series of reader submissions. Your life is a story … this is your opportunity to share your stories about life, love, and mommyhood to provide understanding, hope, and compassion in the unique situations each of us face every day. “Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the STORY of your love.” Ps 89:1 If you would like to submit a story to this series, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today’s crazy guest is Shanna Lehr.
It was April of 2005 and I was a newly pregnant woman as well as a nurse. I could not have been more excited to be having our first child. Read More
I love being a mom! I can’t believe the adventures being a mom has brought to my life. I’ve had the honor of mommyhood for 19 years and grateful for the hours and days and years I’ve spent with my three beautiful children! The ups and downs and challenging mom days have prepared me in so many ways to have the courage to face the new dreams in my life. I’ve made so many mistakes through the years, I lost count after the first year of my son, Michael’s life. Read More
I have been a mom for 18 years and I’ve never had the rare opportunity to have a nanny. In my world, we hire a babysitter for a few hours when we want a night out without our 3 kids. Mary Poppins exists only in fairy tales, but my dream came true when we asked our dear friend, Dovie White (18) to come with us to Africa to take care of Zoie on the mission field. From the start, we planned on having our girls join us with ministry and serving and loving the community of Korah. Read More
We had to move guest homes a few days ago and in my heart, it wasn’t easy. We knew we had to move only one time this summer, but when the time came, I realized we all felt like home. (that’s good news) I made a nest for my family and we had to shake it up. We bought 4 new shelves for our home and unpacked our life on a few tiny shelves. Of course, the day we moved Zoie woke up with a fever and Roger left for Uganda. Moving days are always crazy, but the staff was here to help us every step of the way. I always tell my mission teams they need to be flexible … take a flex pill when we are redirected on a new path. I had to pop a big flex pill!!!! I wanted to move and not grumble in front of my family, I needed to live what I preach! We moved and much to my surprise, I’m sleeping in Zoie’s room.
Dear Hannah, I was watching you today and couldn’t help wondering what special plan God has for your life. You were holding a precious little girl in your arms and I could picture so many things in your future. Your compassion, gentleness, and spunk have been unique gifts of yours since you were a baby. You started off life only weighing 2 pounds. Your spunk and determination not only saved your life, but it’s now giving the children you love big the same hope to never give up. This little girl probably doesn’t feel she has a future. We visited her home and it was only the size of your walk in closet. It’s hard to wrap our brains around the needs we see. Your gentleness made her feel safe and she fell asleep in your arms. The mission team even gave you the nickname- baby whisperer. Read More
I was having a really tough day about a week after sharing the “adventure” with our kids. This was so big, so new, so scary, so different: moving to Haiti and Ethiopia for a year! We promised Hannah and Michael the freedom to feel exactly what they were feeling, no matter what! Our biggest prayer was not closing their spirits, but encouraging them to trust us and trust what Jesus has asked us to do as a family. That was a big request! Hannah was watching me like a hawk after we met the new family adopting our dog, Tate. This was actually harder to tell the kids about their dog, than the actual mission adventure. Read More
Zoie and her new soccer team, the Black Mambas had their very first game on Saturday. I forgot just how adorable 10 little four years old kicking the ball, picking up the ball, hitting the ball out of bounds, and running the opposite way on the field. Zoie ran over to the side lines about 8 times to give us a hug. She melted the four of us and we can’t wait for the next game!! Are you a cheerleader or coach personality with your kids?
I waited over 5 years to share this – God just sold our home!!!!!!!!! The eve before Easter, we got THE crazy call that we have been praying and circling for years!! He answers every prayer and keeps every promise. If you have the faith to dream big, pray hard, and think long …. there is NOTHING God loves more than proving His faithfulness. (The Circle Maker) Do you remember this post in 2009 when I blogged about why we were selling our home? You, my blog friends, never wavered encouraging me here and here. We really believed God wanted us to give up our home and downsize to a smaller place to afford our upcoming adoption. Read More
I have a confession. Do you remember this post? The past three years, I have gained a total 25 pounds simply eating really unhealthy foods and not exercising. It was this recipe that really did me in. I’ve heard the rumors that when you hit 40 you can start gaining weight and really tough to get it off. I hated feeling like I was going to roll down the hill on my last mission trip to Haiti. Read More