stories

An Adoptee’s Story

by Kat Belford This spring I had the opportunity to sit on an adoptee panel at the Replanted Orphan Saturday Conference. It was the first time I had ever talked to a large audience about my adoption. To be honest, I hadn’t even thought about my story until the...

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Seventeen Minutes Until Summer Vacation

The rain pours heavy and I count the minutes until the biggest one walks through the door. Seventeen. Seventeen minutes until summer vacation and this mama slept no more than two hours last night. While most mama's dream of lazy mornings, firefly catching and...

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Manna Strength

Part 1 of a series on adoption and special needs On Tuesday mornings I have been gathering with women from my church in a beautiful home. We drink coffee and listen to the modern day Christian-Greats preach through the Word. An anonymous friend covered the childcare...

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Confidence

People adopt because they ultimately believe that what they have to offer a child is something beautiful and life giving. It isn't necessarily a fancy home, or dance lessons, or designer clothes, or all the toys they could possibly want. It is something much deeper....

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A Timetable Not Our Own

The morning came far too early. 4:22 a.m. blinked loudly on his mobile. I lay in bed, listening to him snore. Listening to the kids toss sleepily in their beds next door. Ultimately, helped out of bed several hours later with no added sleep, I started the day in a...

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The Delicate Dance of Grief and Joy

The email we had been waiting for years to receive finally came. They were ready for us to travel. The passports were ready, their medical exams were finished, their birth affidavits were complete. Now it was up to us to book our flights and bring our girls home....

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