People who know us know that we love having folks over. We love opening our home and sharing our lives. From the beginning of our marriage, we’ve loved cooking together and gathering around the table with family and friends, new and old, from all corners of the globe…toasting life and love as we have spent time fellowshipping with others.
I met Julie at the Refresh Conference last year. She and her family were preparing to move to Soddo, Ethiopia, where her husband was going to work as a pediatrician at Soddo Christian Hospital. This was particularly exciting to me because Eby and Little Man are from Soddo, and Eby even had minor surgery there as a toddler. When Russ and I traveled to Soddo to see where our boys were from and meet any family we could find, we stayed on the hospital compound.
Owlhaven is one of the first blogs I read when we began our adoption process in 2006 – which is also when I began my blog. Mary and I have a lot in common. We’re both moms of large families made up of kids by birth and adoption, long-time bloggers, homeschoolers, Christians, and amazingly, we both live in Idaho!
Telling our story is healing. Putting it in order from beginning to end helps our brains make sense of things that make no sense, like having your house explode early one morning while your kids are snuggling in bed with you.
This Sunday I invite you to read a post by my friend, Emily. I met Emily through my blog, and got to know her as she moved from Wheaton, Illinois to Oregon to begin work on her doctorate in psychology. Emily loves Jesus, loves kids, loves my family, and has a particular heart for children from “hard places.” Last summer when Russ was in Kenya for three weeks, Emily came to stay with me and love on my kids. We even got to share Whidbey Island with her last summer.
She wrote a post recently that touched me deeply and reminded me of the importance of simply living our lives in way that reflects Jesus. So often we don’t know if we are doing anything of significance for God – but as Emily shows us, loving our children, being kind to one another, and taking time to listen, can lead somebody closer to Jesus.
I’ll give you a taste of her post, We Never Know. Don’t miss it.