stories

Me Too

by Sarah Roney We all wore whites and corals to a family wedding in the Flint Hills this past weekend. The winery overlooked neatly grown rows of grapes and miles of Midwestern fields while the early summer breeze kept us cool under the hot sun. We met some relatives...

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Not the Only One

by Christine Stahl For some, the upcoming Mother's Day holiday is a very non-complicated celebration of the woman who gave & loved them thru life. For others, the day of celebration is a bit more complicated. Specifically for adoptive mothers, the day is one which...

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My Unexpected Love for Caseworkers

by Jessica Stoffer When my husband and I became foster parents, we knew we would form relationships with the children in our home. We also anticipated forming relationships with those children’s parents as they worked toward reunification. But meaningful relationships...

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Loving a Wild Child

by Christine Stahl “Stop acting like an animal!” I shout exasperated. “You’re a BOY; not an animal!” When I envisioned parenting, I could not have imagined those were the words I’d say to my 6-year old son on a daily basis. But some days, it seems as if a silverback...

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Worship in the Waiting

by Melissa Harms It was the phone call we never saw coming. Our adoption agency called to tell us of a birthmother who was expecting a baby boy. She asked us if our hearts were open to having our profile shown again. With a surprising look on both our faces and...

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I’m a Better Mother Than Her

by Lindsey Loughrin He lives in my heart always, but in my house occasionally, and I'm only sometimes his mother by occupation. I take him for awhile when she needs me to, when she throws up her hands and says she just can't do it right now. But I'm a better mother...

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Second Chances

by Christine Stahl When 6-years old, my son asked from the backseat, “Hey, Dad. Do you know the difference between mercy & grace?” Without waiting for any parental input, he continued. “Mercy is when you get a second chance. But grace. Grace is unending second...

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There are Four Mamas Here

by Sarah Roney Being pregnant makes me very aware of the long, arduous process of growing a baby and birthing them into this world. I am kicked constantly by our squirming little girl due in March and am reminded regularly of my husband when I look into the face of my...

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EL ROI: “The God Who Sees”

by Christine Stahl READING, Genesis 16 “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”...

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