Family Histories: Family Traits Good and Bad

“They said in the D.A.R.E. class that since my real mother did drugs Then I probably would too.” (D.A.R.E. is the anti-drug class taught in many public schools in the U.S.) This is why too much information given to children may sometimes be a bad thing. Our newly adopted daughter is only mildly intellectually disabled…

Foster Care to Adoption

Happy Thanksgiving! For us this holiday comes a week after adopting our foster child. Some readers may remember some of the more harrowing events of the past three years — years filled with doubt, fear and moral dilemmas. This summer after a host of obstacles (some created by the system and some by us), we…

Let Them Read Books Guest Post

Hi everyone~ Today my family is getting prepared for a big day tomorrow. After three years we are adopting that foster girl I mentioned once or twice 😉 But I wanted to share an interview the generous book lover Jenny Q over at LET THEM READ BOOKS did with me. I really enjoyed her questions…

Slaying Dragons

Was the trial sore? Temptation sharp? Thank God a second time! Why comes temptation but for a man to meet And master and make crouch beneath his foot, And so be pedestaled in triumph? Pray “Lead us into no such temptations, Lord!” Yea, but, O thou whose servants are the bold, Lead such temptations by…

“The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics. He is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do.” Aldous Huxley

One of the astonishing things I’ve learned raising our foster daughter is that abuse often makes its victims incredibly unlovable. Long before we took in our foster daughter I had become obsessed with the ways in which childhood abuse not only affected my character Buck Crenshaw but also his siblings. Christians are called to love…

Cinderella

It has been two years since we brought our foster daughter her Cinderella costume at the mental health hospital. She was trapped in the facility where she spent four months being “snowed” (a term insiders use as code for the state of over-medicated kids). Children in foster care have seemingly endless access to facilities, group…

Anne with an “E” and the Reality of Orphans

We all have something of the orphan in us. Rejection, loneliness and the bleak reality that we die alone color some of our darker imaginings. I’ve a soft spot for fictional orphans.  As a writer I collect broken people. I give them homes in MY BOOKS. They tend to wreak havoc. The same is true…