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When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face

Prior to marriage the thought of conceiving a child seemed quite easy. Everywhere I looked a woman was pregnant; surely it wasn’t that difficult. My husband and I decided to try for children fairly early into our marriage. What looked easy before quickly became difficult for us. I struggled with a hope deferred combined with physical suffering and a fight to…
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The Story That No One Sees

Our bedtime reading became hours of youtube adoption stories in those months before we adopted Eden and Caleb. We were hooked on home-spliced, three-minute life snapshots of forlorn children — who had a slight sparkle return to their eye as strangers became their parents overnight. We couldn’t watch without imagining what that would be like when it was finally us. In…
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Little People. Big Gaps. {what to do with unnerving weakness}

Her shoulders slump and her eyes search the floor. She mumbles and turns her back towards me. This little sprite went from fire-in-her-eyes to a stone-cold-countenance in a matter of seconds, all because things didn’t work out as she’d planned. I could write the script for this downward spiral. This mama is quite familiar with how her little girl handles…
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The Inconvenient Tree

In his thought-provoking book, The Mystery of Marriage, Mike Mason compares our spouse to a great tree “growing up in the center of one’s living room.” Mason goes on to say how beautiful and unique the tree is—how utterly rooted and unmovable. Standing in the middle of everything, my husband is so amazingly inconvenient! That image describes well my first…
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Releasing in October 2014

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things (via Zondervan)

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