I have been avoiding writing this post for a few weeks. Partly because I have needed time to process. But more because I’m not sure I want to share this part of my family’s life with people. I’m not sure I can weather the well-meaning advice, the normalizing comments, or bewildered looks. All the while feeling painfully inadequate to handle… Read More
Quin went to his first karate class yesterday and loved it! I’m so proud of him. Quin has struggled a lot with confidence this past year. I’m hoping this new experience will encourage him. He’ll also be able to build skills in the areas of focus, hand-eye coordination, discipline, self-control, and of course self-defence. Quin’s daddy… Read More
LORD, Thank you for having given yourself in intimate, inexplicable hospitality. You have been the Host to all creation. Without a dwelling, you have contained the whole world and habited yourself in the winds, the corners, and the depths, inviting us to be at home with you. Beneath the shadow of your wing you bid… Read More
When we were thinking of a name for our son I wanted to choose a name that would mean something significant. Not just a name that sounded unique. A few months ago it occurred to me that Aileen Quinn was the name of the actress who starred in the original 1982 movie/musical Annie. “Quin,” the name we chose; I couldn’t believe it!:) The… Read More
July 25, 2015 was a memorable day for our family. We celebrated Quin’s 5th Birthday and the launch of Quin’s Room. (Read Our Adoption Story or visit Quin’s Life Book.) We asked each of our guests to bring a $5.00 bill to contribute to the small, yet meaningful new beginning. We are pleased to say… Read More
This is the Gallery Wall in my living room. Because it’s in such a prominent place I think about these pictures often. I think about the stories they share and the deep lessons they represent in my life. Much like a vision board, this Gallery Wall has evolved over time. Pictures have been traded out to make room for new… Read More
This morning Quin and I had guests for Breakfast; Our dear friends Ashley & Jordan. We made French Toast with Baked Apples. The boys played while the moms talked. This is a rare occasion for me since Quin is an extreme extrovert, he’s the only child in our family, and we’re homeschooling this year. I’m excited to spend another… Read More
Homeschooling Quin is not something I thought much about until recently. If anything, I was looking forward to when Quin would be ready to go to school. Mainly because I thought he would thrive in this kind of learning environment. But for a variety of reasons he didn’t. And secondly because I have found parenthood difficult the past four… Read More
Here are the instructions for making your own Q-Tip Bunnies at home if you would like to.
I’m realizing that to “make room” for something or more importantly someone is not as easy as it sounds. I think this is because in order to create room, there must first be an empty space. First in our hearts and then in our homes, churches, and marketplaces. But empty spaces seem hard to come by especially with all the busyness that we are busy with!