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
I have previously shared in the post, Art of Adoption(s): Unless the Lord Builds the House, regarding the home the Lord gave to us in order to build our family. It shares how my wife, myself, and Joshua moved into a large home with lots of room for God to build our family from three to nine.
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