Motivations & Expectations


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Expecting So Much More

posted on February 21, 2013

“Who are you?”  I remember thinking this unthinkable thought as I looked into the face of my young son only a few years into our life together as an adoptive family.  He did not share my DNA but he was…… Read More

Easier Said Than Done

posted on January 18, 2013

People who make things look easy really get on my nerves.  You know who I’m talking about.  Ever watched one of those cooking shows on TV?  You see them making some recipe in 10 easy steps and it always comes…… Read More

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…And They Lived Faithfully Ever After

posted on September 3, 2012

His Master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21 (NIV) Everyone loves a story with a happy ending.  It’s the stuff that best-selling books and box office hits are made of.  Happy endings lift our spirits and inspire…… Read More

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

posted on August 26, 2012

Dr. Karyn Purvis is fond of pointing out that the only parent that hasn’t made a mistake is a parent that has only been parenting for three minutes. Parenting mistakes are unavoidable part of what it means to be human,…… Read More

Still Grateful to Share My Mother’s Day

posted on May 11, 2012

I wrote the thoughts below last Mother’s Day.  As I celebrate this year the gift of being a mother to the four children I love so dearly, I will once again remember that they are each loved by other mothers…… Read More

How Do You Measure Success?

posted on May 5, 2012

Check out the latest video from Empowered To Connect as Amy & Michael Monroe talk about the need for adoptive and foster parents to remain focused on what it means to be successful in the parenting journey as we love children…… Read More

Who Do I Love More?

posted on April 24, 2012

While waiting for Maggie to join our family, someone asked, “Do you think you will love Maggie more than Elise?” I think they asked because Maggie is biological and Elise was adopted. That question has stuck with me. I remember…… Read More

Talking Honestly About Disruption

posted on April 13, 2012

In the shadows of much that is good and right and beautiful about adoption, there is the reality that some adoptive placements don’t last — they disrupt and dissolve.  This happens for a multitude of reasons, and each situation is as…… Read More

Seeing with Eyes of Compassion

posted on January 27, 2012

I’ve written previously about the need for adoptive and foster parents (and all parents, for that matter) to see their children with eyes of compassion.  Jen and Loren Decker understand this.  I met Jen over a year ago at a…… Read More

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2011 Tapestry Conference – Recap & Resources

posted on November 2, 2011

The 2011 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference was a huge success, thanks in large part to the Tapestry conference team and dozens of other volunteers who helped make it possible.  We were privileged to serve over 800 adults and…… Read More