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July 17, 2015

The Story Within a Story {Family Friday}

The phone call came to me first, but I was driving and couldn’t answer. I received a message from Catholic Charities. Call immediately; there was an adoption possibility that we needed to address in the next couple hours. I pulled off to the side of the road and called. Birthmom was 34 years old with a three-week-old baby boy and a laundry list of red flags. We had received phone calls like this before. One we said no to having our adoption book shown, the other we said yes. Neither of us felt a strong yes or no after hearing the description, so we decided to say yes, placing our trust in God that He would write this child’s story exactly as He wanted. It seemed highly unlikely that an adoption would happen considering neither birthmom nor birthdad wanted to do an adoption. So we went about our day. Later … Continue reading

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June 3, 2015

5 Ways Kids Can Care for Orphans

  You and your favorite miniatures have 14 glorious weeks of summer vacation ahead of you. What will you do with it? Why not teach your children to do something with their summer that will make an eternal impact? Specifically, why not encourage your kids to care for orphans? Here are 5 ways they can help: 1. Kids can pray for the fatherless. The most fundamental thing we can teach our children to do for orphans is to pray for them. We have no greater privilege than to talk to God. By teaching our kids to pray for orphans, we establish a habit when they are young and we teach them to pray for the needs of others and not just their own. Click here to join the prayer team and receive monthly requests and praises. 2. Kids can do fun activities that benefit orphan care. Through our 30 Days of Caring … Continue reading

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January 20, 2014

Empowered to Connect {2014 Conferences}

Raising children from hard places isn’t always easy. Whether the issue is tantrums, manipulation, control, lying or simply just eye contact, adoptive and foster parents shouldn’t and don’t have to face the conflicts alone. Do these sound familiar? Are you need encouragement and hope as you raise your child that is hurting? We invite you to consider attending an Empowered to Connect Conference… Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis together with Michael & Amy Monroe, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including … Continue reading

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February 11, 2013

Learn, Share & Equip // The Forgotten Initiative

The Forgotten Initiative (TFI) is the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans. TFI brings joy and purpose through Forgotten Advocates, who LEARN the needs of their local foster care community, SHARE the needs with local churches and EQUIP the churches to meet the needs. TFI mobilizes the body of Christ through service projects, mentoring and foster family support.  Please enjoy their new video as they show how TFI is serving local foster care communities… Learn how YOU can get involved at

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September 7, 2012

Family Friday: “Adoption is hard…and worth it”

We find ourselves at yet another Family Friday! Please join me in praise with Greg & Charisa and their growing family and as they share the pure FAITHFULNESS God has shown them in their journey…   This adoption was an adoption of faith almost from day one!  We signed on with our agency in February and were excited to again add to our family through the miracle of adoption. Greg found out that his position was being cut and he would lose his job, along with the $5000 adoption credit his company would give. Yikes! There were so many questions at that time—where would he find a job? Would we have to move? What about the adoption? Did we hear God wrong?  We chose to have faith and believe God had something in store for us and He did! Greg was offered our job with our local food bank which … Continue reading

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October 31, 2011

Encourage Growth

Check out these two fabulous videos from Dr. Karyn Purvis as you walk the road to helping your children heal – The Importance of Repairing Your Mistakes There is no such thing as a perfect parent — and that is actually good news, so long as parents are willing to focus on repair when they fail and make mistakes. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains why it is important for parents to repair their mistakes, and how repair can actually encourage growth and strengthen the relationship between parent and child. The Importance of Repairing Your Mistakes from Tapestry on Vimeo. Understanding Sensory Processing and Difficult Behaviors Sensory processing issues often play a significant role in some of the challenges that adoptive and foster families face. And yet, parents are often completely unaware that sensory processing is in fact the issue. Sensory processing is an important topic for anyone who loves and cares … Continue reading

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January 27, 2010

10 kids in a VW Bug?

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

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