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
Look who’s giving away a mission trip? Our dear friends and partners for many projects over the past few years, Visiting Orphans is giving away a free mission trip to any of the 12 countries they visit and serve. Read More
We spent last Thanksgiving in Pignon, Haiti and had one of the best holiday adventures of my life. We can’t thank the Campbell family enough for the incredible time serving and living with them at Haiti Home of Hope orphanage. It was a dream come true for our family. One of my favorite memories was cooking the Thanksgiving meal Read More
I have committed the ultimate blog sin and have been on a blogging hiatus for the past few weeks. I have been MIA and every day feeling the tug in my heart to share with you the reason. So here it goes, I have been feeling the impact of major change in every area of my life. Everything has changed. It’s been overwhelming and it’s time to let you know and seek wisdom and advice and prayer. Also, I have some really big news …. Read More
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
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:26-28 MSG
Hi My Crazy Adoption readers! My name is Wynne Elder + I blog over on Gloriously Ruined and I am so excited to be with you today! I have had the crazy honor and privilege to get to know “mama kiki” as we served alongside of each other for 2 months in Ethiopia last summer, and let me just tell you – she is just as amazing “in real life” as she is on her awesome blog. Read More
Hi, my name is Adam Derloshon and my family and I are moving to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to serve with the amazing ministry Embracing Hope Ethiopia. Honestly, this whole story started a little more than 4 years ago when we felt God tugging on our hearts to adopt; our son Zek has been home for about 3 ½ years. Read More
It’s been an adventure partnering as a blogger with Visiting Orphans Ministry for the past five years. They have been a key part of changing the life-passion of our family serving short term mission teams all over the world. We are grateful for their fervent passion, guidance, and training others to lead and share the gospel as we love big on the fatherless. I’m confident to say, without the relationship Roger and I have with Visiting Orphans, we wouldn’t be where we are today serving missions in a radical way. Read More
Catarina. The sweet baby girl who got me. The little girl who made orphans in Africa my problem, too. I had floated by my 21 years knowing about the “orphan problem” but also knowing that I, in my smallness, could really do nothing about it. It took a lot of arguing (on my part), before I finally decided to obey, and answer the call God had put in my heart years before.
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
It was a crazy change. Surroundings of green rolling Ozark hills were replaced with the vast land of Ethiopia, to the jagged mountains of Haiti, to the volcanoes and lakes of Nicaragua. This past year, we have worked with a trash dump community serving lepers, widows, and orphans, brought medical help and food to the poorest people groups in rural Haiti, and rebuilding the lives of hundreds who have lost their homes in floods and hosting mission teams. It has been a mission adventure of the grandest scale. The greatest lesson we’ve learned living on the mission field, is how much we don’t know and how much more we need to learn to make a real difference in our big, beautiful world. Someone told me once, “you’ve only just scratched the surface.”
My hubby, Roger Gibson shares … you can follow him on Twitter: @rogergib and Instagram: @rogergib
I was invited by the Christian Alliance for Orphans to participate at Summit 9 conference. I would be joining two NFL football players, NASCAR chaplain and a director of an orphan ministry in a breakout session called, “It’s Time to Man Up for the Fatherless.” The session was designed for the beginning of the program to feature each of us for five minutes to share little bit of our heart for orphan care and then the rest of the time would be question and answer with the audience. As each person shared their story, I could see the boldness and courage they had to Man Up and love the fatherless. Each man saw a problem and they wanted to be a part of the solution. Read More
I thought it would be fun to share the 10 things I missed most living in Haiti and serving with Haiti Home of Hope. These are meant to make you smile, not take too serious. We are grateful to live in the BEST country, America and appreciate the finer things in life, like flushing toilets and Target.
#1. I missed Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper. In Haiti, we used non-soft, thin, blue tissue paper, with pre-made holes and the non-flushing option.
We are SO EXCITED to announce the winner of the Project Hope mission trip Give-It-Away!!!!! We had so much fun drawing the winner’s name right in front of Monkey Island today on Lake Nicaragua!!! I hope you enjoy ….
I have loved reading your comments this week and especially love receiving your questions. We are newbie missionaries and overwhelmed with the truth that God uses the people you would least expect to serve and love big on the mission field. I’m sure many of our friends from our hometown think … what was God thinking sending THIS crazy family to live in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia? We are humbled and thankful we were willing to say yes and live this incredible God-adventure.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…
—Ephesians 3:20 Read More
My Life Is Crazy Too is a new series of reader submissions. This is your opportunity to share stories about life, love, and mommyhood to provide understanding, hope, and compassion in the unique situations each of us face every day. If you would like to submit a story to this series, email me. Today’s crazy guest is Jennifer Campbell. You can follow Jennifer on Facebook here. Post edited by writer, Kathi Woodall. You can check out her blog Grow Barefoot here.
In 2004, Bill and I had been in Haiti just over a year and were starting to feel some confidence. We had half a dozen boys in the orphanage and two baby girls living with us. Political unrest plagued Haiti that year as rebels caused trouble for different people. Despite the rebel groups, the day of our story began as a quiet day for us; the girls played in their playpen and Wisley rested in the sickroom as he recovered from strep throat. Read More
Our first day at Haiti Home of Hope was slow paced as we unpacked into our wonderful studio cottage on the second floor above the classroom and clinic. Let’s see if I can give you a glimpse of our world – There are five screened windows with wooden shutters and a wrap around porch (completed a few days ago just for Zoie) Our backyard is the mountains and orphanage. There are little green lizards darting across the outside walls begging to come inside. The breezy air gently cools down the cottage all day and night. My favorite thing is hearing the voices of all 40 children waking up in the morning and getting ready for school (6:30am sharp) I can’t believe we’re living here for 2 months … it’s a dream come true. Read More