We had our first court date on September 3. Court is one of the last huge steps to check off before we can travel to India, because court makes our daughter legally ours. We knew court could be a long process. Our agency prepared us for anywhere from 2-12 months, even warning that 2 months… Continue reading Adoption Update- WE PASSED COURT!
The moment we knew of our children, we began praying for their salvation, for we know this is their greatest need. By God’s grace, He saved Hunter in summer 2020. Before then, Hunter asked lots of salvation-related questions. Even now, Isaac is beginning to ask similar ones. We’ve spoken of the Gospel to our children… Continue reading What Having Children Old Enough to Understand the Gospel Taught Me about the Gospel
Morning by Morning was one of the first ministries to publish my writing. They’re no longer an active site, so I’m excited to share some of my pieces here in my own space. It was a typical February day when my family received a phone call that would forever change us. Duke University Hospital was… Continue reading “Great is Thy Faithfulness”- Markers of God’s Faithfulness
We received NOC at the end of May, and the next step was to be registered for court and begin the court process. India has a court app where families can see if they’re registered for court, when their next court date is, etc. After NOC, I downloaded the app and began excessively checking it… Continue reading Adoption Update- The Court Process
This was originally published on LifeWay Girls, though there are a few edits with things such as my boys' ages (they were 5 and 3 when I originally wrote this! Time flies!). I took on the role of youth pastor’s wife the minute I said, “I do,” and I count it a privilege to serve… Continue reading Motherhood & Ministry- Can We Really Do Both?
Jack and I celebrate a whole decade of marriage today. 10 years ago, we said, “I do” surrounded by people who love us, celebrated at a reception full of desserts, and then drove away in Jack’s truck that was covered in sticky notes. We both knew marriage was a gift and the seriousness of it.… Continue reading A Decade of Marriage- Reflecting on Lessons through the Storms + God’s Faithfulness
A little over a month ago, we checked off a HUGE adoption milestone- NOC (No Objection Certificate). This basically means India has no objections to us adopting our daughter. We received it on a Wednesday (church night!), so we celebrated with Chick-fil-A dinner/dessert at the church playground. Many people have been so kind to ask… Continue reading Adoption Update- We have NOC! Now what?!
There are many hard things as we transition to motherhood. Diapers are overwhelming, there’s little sleep, & the spit-up is just plain gross. While these things are difficult, personally, the hardest transition for me was in regards to ministry. When Hunter was born, I went from participating in every youth event to sitting in the… Continue reading Doing “Big” Things for Jesus- Does that Really Include Changing Diapers?
Morning by Morning was one of the first ministries to publish my writing. They're no longer an active site, so I'm excited to share some of my pieces here in my own space. The command to show hospitality is clear, yet often overlooked, in Scripture (Romans 12:13). The word “hospitality” can scare us. We hear… Continue reading “The Gospel Comes with a House Key”- A Book Review & Call to Radically Ordinary Hospitality
I absolutely love being a boy mom (I mean, put a baseball bat in their hands, and it’s the cutest thing ever!), but for as long as I can remember, I’ve desired to be a mom to a little girl too. With my pregnancies with both boys, I was sure they were girls, until the… Continue reading Adoption Update- Why a Daughter + Her Name