These Tiny Feet

Just over 19 years ago, I met a precious little toddler. She smiled and brightened a room, and had a little pony tail that stuck up and fanned out in the cutest way. A few years later, I met the man I’d marry, and he’s such a sucker for little kids. He loved her right away too. She was one of our flower girls, helping make our day more special as she twirled around in her skirt, carrying a ball of pink flowers and holding our hands.

It’s not my place to tell you her story. It’s full of love, grace, pain, bad choices, trying again, and falling down. In the past few years, there’s a lot of falling down. But you know how God can make the brightest and most amazing things from these dark places? Yeah, he does it so often. Here’s a sweet and perfect one.


Don’t you just want to eat those feet up?

We’re getting to. Right now, loving that little flower girl of ours looks like loving her little girl. Consequences are tough. Getting back up again after you’ve fallen is tough. But these little feet, and everyone who loves her is rooting for her. Even though she’s burned some bridges and has a tough road. But lucky us, we’re in a position to be able to help take care (for now) of what she loves most, her 8 week old baby girl.

We don’t know how long she’ll be with us, but we know that like her mom, she’ll be in our lives forever. She’s family.

Pray for these girls that we love, and that we know that God loves and has a plan for. Pray for us to be ready to do whatever is asked of us (we think we are). And if you see us with a sweet baby girl, just be glad you get to see a tiny part of what God is doing through her.


25 Minutes

I recently realized that my blog had a few visitors who had come in *unusual* ways- for example, there is a porn site that has directed two visitors recently.  My first reaction was horror, then I realized that however they came, they needed Hope and God’s love as much as, or possibly more than anyone else here.

But it did get me thinking about how I can reach out more beyond my circle and reach more people who might need that love.  So, I started searching for various topics that I hope one day my blog will turn up in results for.  After searching for ‘inspirational women bloggers’ I found a blog that spoke to my heart so strongly that I knew I had to share it with you.  Karen Owens is a mother and wife who shares about her families journey from the loss of their sweet boy through the adoption of two beautiful children.  She writes about so much more than just how their day was.  She describes glimpses into the very character of God Himself, as seen in these children.

This amazing family did more than just survive a terrible loss- they have trusted in God so much that they chose to adopt more children who might bring them that same heartbreak over again- but they chose to love anyway.  Karen says, “We wanted to love a child that was deemed unlovable and be that family God destined them to have.”  There are many of us who have faced painful things and are strong and loving and make it through.  But there are very few people like Karen and her family who then turn to God and ask for more, because they see His plan.

Settle in, read a few posts and bookmark this one.  I know I have.

(And I’d start with these:  Minute 25, My Unanswered Prayer)