The Dutch Rush

They're Dutch and Life's a Rush

Another year went by.

It was busy.

I read some books.

I thought about reading a lot more than I actually read. But still, it’s fun to look back at what I read. (I know, if you’re not a big reader, it’s just so nerdy. I get it.)

I see that while I am late for an “end of the year book recap”, I have beat last year by not waiting for April. So really, I am ahead of the game.  Continue reading

People often ask me “so, what have you been up to?” and while I know it’s just a basic awkward conversation starter, it does get me thinking:

“Good grief, what HAVE I been up to?”

My answer: “Well, that’s a little difficult to explain.” or “Oh, nothing, what about you?”

I mean, you don’t want to freak people out or anything.  Continue reading

Unbelievably, it’s been a year since we had our “visit the judge day”. Normal families call it Adoption Day. I guess we’re not normal. A year ago, we had told the kids we were going to visit the Judge so that the four little ones would officially be part of our family. “Visit the Judge Day” stuck.  Continue reading

Is this a happy Mother’s Day for you? I really hope it is. I’ve wanted to write something about today, but couldn’t choose the right thing to say.

I struggle to keep a correct perspective on this day…I want my life to be all about Jesus, not about me. And yet this day creeps up on me. Since I’ve already written a post about that, I’ll let you go read it here.

millet knitting lesson

Millet’s “Knitting Lesson”

Even longer ago, I wrote this post for Mother’s Day, and it still represents how it seems we should think and act on this day.

If you have a mother, call her, hug her, and love her today! If you are a mother, I hope you have a wonderful day serving and loving your family!

Much has been said about the trauma of an adopted child. There are books, blogs, foster training, and conversations with other adoptive parents. It all becomes a little overwhelming after awhile. It affects how you view a child to be constantly thinking about the ways they can (and do) act out because of their fear and pain.  Continue reading