Six Months Later

Six months ago, yesterday, my older daughter gave birth to a son. For two days, I was his grandma, before he went to live with his new family. Levi is a healthy, happy boy, loved by his parents, brothers, grandparent, aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also loved by his birth family. Continue reading “Six Months Later”

On the Inside

As I continue my correspondence and conversations with Annie, my younger kids’ birth mom, my eyes are opened more to what it is like in prison. I had never given it much thought.

I received the following e-mail from her yesterday. I asked if I could share it on my blog and she gave me permission. Continue reading “On the Inside”

Mothers’ Day 2016

Which is it officially? Is it “Mother’s Day” or “Mothers’ Day?” I’m not sure, but for my family this year “Mothers'” is the appropriate spelling.

Although we are not seeing Annie (younger kids’ birth mother) today, she is still a part of this day in a way she hasn’t been in previous years. A couple of days ago, I received an e-card from her, along with comments of thankfulness that I am the kids’ mom now. I sent her an e-card today. Continue reading “Mothers’ Day 2016”

Pushing Through the Doubts

I stopped and talked with a friend at church a few days ago. We hadn’t connected in a while so we spent a little time “catching up.” I’d recently e-mailed some encouragement to her but I hadn’t received a reply. She brought it up and apologized for not responding, but explained that she has been very busy.

I knew she had been busy so I hadn’t really expected a reply. My goal is to be a support to her in her tough situation. I told her that she doesn’t need to reply because my motivation is to encourage her.

Yet … I do struggle with wondering if my efforts matter. Continue reading “Pushing Through the Doubts”