Archive for September, 2011

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Giveaway: Fields of the Fatherless

My friend, Dorothy,  is planning to be at the T4A National Conference, October 21-22 and to be part of a panel during the Mothers’ pre-conference event on Thursday, October 20. She’s a woman worth spending time with. I have learned lots from her–proof that learning doesn’t always flow from the older to the younger.

I first heard of Tom Davis because of Dorothy’s raving about his books–positive raving, very positive. Then I heard him speak a couple of years ago. I was fascinated and horrified by what he told us about the likely future of young people who age out of orphanages in Eastern Europe and other places.

When I was at the Orphan Summit in Louisville in the spring, Children’s Hope Chest donated 4 copies of Tom’s book, Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living to be given away. So this is a “better late than never” opportunity for you. It’s still appropriate because Tom will be one of the breakout session leaders at the T4A Conference and Children’s Hope Chest is one of the many exhibitors.

So here’s what to do to be eligible for winning one of the copies.

  • Spend some time exploring the website of Children’s Hope Chest — say at least 5 minutes
  • Watch at least one of the videos on the Media page
  • Comment at this post to tell the rest of us something about your visit to the website. Something like maybe: What had the most impact on you? Or did something surprise you? Or do you feel challenged to do something new on behalf of orphans?
  • Deadline is this Friday, 9/30, 11:59 pm CDT. After that 4 commenters will be randomly chosen.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

T4A winners

Congratulations to the winners of free registrations to the Together for Adoption Conference.

  • Tara Daukas — wins the couple registration–one for her and one for her husband.
  • Melanie — wins one registration
  • Aaron — wins one registration

These are the commenter names used when entering. In case there’s more than one with the same name, you’ll know if you’re the winner because you’ll receive an email this evening with instructions for applying your gift to your  registration.

Thank you so much to all who entered. You have done more good than any of us can know by spreading the word about the conference. God knows your story and your need and your desires. I pray that many of you will be able to benefit from the conference.

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Friday, September 16th, 2011

Free: 4 registrations to T4A Conference

I’m really looking forward to the  Together for Adoption (T4A) Conference, Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, in Phoenix. They’ve asked me to be one of the official bloggers, and I think I’ll be leading a breakout session. I’ll also be on a panel during the pre-conference afternoon for adoptive and pre-adoptive mothers, Thursday, October 20 (page down on the main conference web page to read about it.

Besides the great programming and exhibits, I expect the conference to be a valuable time for me to connect with other adoptive parents in ways that will be encouraging and upbuilding and educational for me and my family.

Conference organizers are offering 4 registrations to you, my blog readers. Here’s what you need to do to be eligible. Fulfill the following requirements, and then comment at this post to report that you have done so. Deadline is 11:59 pm this coming Tuesday, September 20.

  1. Visit the T4A Conference website and see what’s happening.
  2. Tell at least one other person about the conference. You choose how to do it: face-to-face, Facebook, Twitter, email, phone, text . . . .
  3. Make this decision: If you win, will you come with your spouse?
  4. (Optional) “Like” T4A on Facebook; Subscribe to the T4A blog.

Two of the registrations will be given to a husband and wife to attend together. Two will be given to individuals.


Join me at the Together for Adoption Conference, Oct 21-22, Phoenix, AZ (Pre-conference events, Oct 20)

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Just the Way I Am

Just the Way I Am: God's Good Design in DisabilityJust the Way I Am: God’s Good Design in Disability is a remarkable book written by a remarkable woman.

Krista Horning was born with Apert Syndrome. She has undergone more than 60 surgeries to her face, bones, and joints. Through her pain and suffering, Krista has seen and knows the goodness, love, and power of God.

In Just the Way I Am, she makes simple/profound statements about the sovereignty of God and uses Scripture to show where she has learned these truths.

This book has made such an impact since its release last year that it sold out well ahead of  what had been expected. Here’s the update on the next print run. Soon!

In the meantime, you can read the book online.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011

So there!

A few days after 9/11/01, I had one of those all-too-human, hands-on-hips urges. I wrote about it at my other blog.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The children of 9/11 and one who prayed for them

After the twin towers fell in New York, and crushed metal smoldered in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon was breached–after those unimagined things became real–we hardly let ourselves out of range of the continuing news reports and updates and human stories.

When Johnny and Talitha and I prayed together that night, it was clear what had gripped Talitha’s heart. In the midst of all the words that day, she heard one thing–that thousands of children were waiting futilely for their parents to return to them. That Tuesday evening and for weeks afterward, our tenderhearted 6-year-old had one request for God: “Please give the children new mommies and daddies.”

She didn’t realize that most of the children still had one parent. She didn’t realize that you don’t just up and get new parents. Or do you? What she did know from experience is that when we adopted her, God gave her a family.

For each of my children I have chosen a hymn that I sang specially for that child. When Talitha came to us, I pored over the hymn book looking for one that would sing into her the reality that she has a Heavenly Father who will never leave her or forsake her. I found it in Children of the Heavenly Father, by Lina Sandell.

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.

Praise the Lord in joyful numbers:
Your Protector never slumbers.
At the will of your Defender
Ev’ry foeman must surrender.


Those parents on 9/11 had no intention of leaving their children, but it was out of their power. God is the Father who will not leave his children, because his love and power hold them close.

Talitha feels how much a child needs a parent. So do we all need a parent, and we know it when disaster strikes, even if we don’t really think about it otherwise.

“Neither life nor death shall ever from the Lord his children sever. Unto them his grace he showeth and their sorrows all he knoweth.” I pray that we know that to be true, all of us–Talitha, us adults, and the children of 9/11.


Join me at the Together for Adoption Conference, Oct 21-22, Phoenix, AZ (Pre-conference events, Oct 20)


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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The songs we learned in kindergarten

Sometimes I remember some little song or other I learned when I was a child, and I feel like I’ve let my children down by not passing them on.

I’m thinking about that today because it’s the beginning of the school year when our kids’ teachers help us out on the music front, and because I found some free MP3 downloads of children’s songs. It’s not comprehensive by any means, but I hope it will be fun for you . . . . Oh yes, and for the children in your life too.

Now a penny for your thoughts–since I’ve reminded you of childhood music, what song are you humming to yourself right now?



Cedarmont Kids Sampler 






Hector’s Patriotic songs





Sesame Street Music Sampler




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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Free ESV for Kindle

Amazon is offering the ESV version of the Bible free for Kindle. If I didn’t already have it, I’d be clicking through right now.

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