A few weeks ago, I sat at a restaurant with three other fathers. We were sharing 'war stories' of parenting. It suddenly dawned on me. The unique quality we all had at the table is each one of us chose to raise children who were not biologically our's. It had not even crossed anyone's mind. … Continue reading Joseph: From One Adoptive Father About Another
Turning the key, we began driving away from the Chattanooga gas station close to where we were vacationing in our RV. We had just enjoyed an evening in downtown Chattanooga enjoying a great meal of BBQ overlooking the city and a few hours at the children’s museum. I had stopped to fill our family vehicle with … Continue reading My Son, Jacob > $1266.64
Change of place + change of pace = change of perspective I first heard this equation from pastor, author, and church leader Mark Batterson. It really makes a difference. My personal pastor encouraged us all to take two weeks off. He would share it takes two weeks to obtain full rest - the first week the … Continue reading Art of Adoption(s): Rollin’ with the Rowland’s | How We Get Away
If you've read my post, Art of Adoption(s): Unless the Lord Builds the House, it shares how our home was a set up by God to move our family from three to nine members through adoption. We thought we would retire in our home many years from now but today is moving day and the … Continue reading Art of Adoption(s): It’s Moving Day
Every artist name their creation. After the final stroke is made, the final chapter is written, or the pottery is dry, the artist have names for their creation. Naming the piece represents as a whole the work of art. Naming a child is or should be a long thoughtful process. Every detail from initials to spelling is carefully given due diligence. Names are powerful as the work of art is summed by a name.
1. You will be surrounded by many "things" but always remember people are more important than things. 2. Boys, make sure you marry a very, very, strong woman. Together, you will create a power team. She will make you mad a lot but when all is said and done, it will be the best thing … Continue reading Art of Adoption(s): 25 Words of Wisdom for My Children
How does a person in their 20's or 30's write an autobiography? Like the ocean's tide, our lives are always changing. Our story today will not be the whole story tomorrow. It will only be in part.
Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. This is your chance. Mother Teresa A few months before I met Karen, Emily gently nudge me to ‘get a life.’ Seeing me enjoying being single a little too much, the matriarch of prayer and wisdom nudged me to open … Continue reading Art of Adoption(s): She Had Me at Hello
When Karen and I were married, we made our first home purchase. It was my home. I loved my home. It was mine and it was all mine. Mine, mine, mine. I led my family deep into debt to make my home nicer. A few years later, the Lord laughingly would call us to Atlanta and take away my home. We moved into a small apartment with all of our financed purchases being stored in the apartment one on top of the other. We began the process of getting out of debt. The Lord showed me how much I had gotten out of His will regarding my home. I never saw it as a gift. I saw it as an entitlement.
Artist say there is nothing more exhilarating than a fresh white canvas. Creativity is fertilized with possibilities. Vision becomes a reality as the artist picks up his brushes, dabs them in the paint, and begins making purposeful strokes. Strokes are abstract until more are added. A masterpiece eventually is fulfilled.