Faith and Works

On : 29 March, 2021 | Category : 2021

One of the things I love about CrossFit is that it forces you to be a well-rounded athlete. It is a game of generalization, not specialization. Early on, I hated this about CrossFit. By nature, my instinct is to find something I’m decent at and focus in on that thing with 200% intensity until I […]

Make A Wish

On : 14 August, 2019 | Category : 2019

  When you’re contemplating adopting a child whom you’ve been told has a fatal health condition and is already living on borrowed time, it does some very interesting things to your mind. From the time I met Faith until the day we officially started the process of her adoption, my mind was tormented on a […]

Reversibility

On : 16 January, 2018 | Category : 2018

  When we were first given Faith’s diagnosis, I had never heard of the term.  A quick Google search gave me enough information to know that the condition was “fatal” and “irreversible,” that treatment was aimed at controlling symptoms, and there is no cure.   We have a trusted mentor at our church who is […]

Choosing Faith Over Fear

On : 13 March, 2017 | Category : 2017

**This was a post I wrote for 28 Days of Hearts last month to raise awareness for CHD.**   “We don’t make decisions based on fear.”   For the twelve years that my husband Daniel and I have been married, that has been our motto. In the beginning, we would remind each other of this […]

Meeting Us Where We Are

On : 13 December, 2016 | Category : 2016

  As we have been preparing to bring Faith home and taking classes and attending meetings at Lifeline, one lesson keeps coming up: “As a parent of a child who has come from a difficult place, always remember to look through her eyes and meet her wherever she is.”  Practically speaking, while in China, many […]

Dear Faith, You Are Loved!

On : 8 October, 2016 | Category : 2016

  My sweet Faith,   You are loved! Did you hear me?  You are so loved, little girl!  This week we had a fundraiser to help bring you home.  You would not believe all of the people who came and helped and worked so hard for this event.   Once you get home and get […]

Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear

On : 6 September, 2016 | Category : 2016

  “We have always wanted to adopt, but we don’t think we could afford it.”   I cannot tell you how many times someone has made this statement to me. And every time, with sincerity and full assurance of faith, I respond the same way:   “Well, if that really is the only reason holding […]

What’s In A Name?

On : 31 August, 2016 | Category : 2016

As an occupational therapist, I spend a lot of time teaching compensatory, or adaptive, techniques. It is a way of showing a patient how to accomplish a task that may be different than the way they have done it in the past or different than another person would do it.  When they have a goal […]

Front Row Tickets

On : 6 May, 2016 | Category : 2016

I have always had a passion for traveling and seeing the world.  As soon as I was old enough to drive and go out on my own, I have been “keeping the roads hot.”  From driving to the next big town to go shopping to making road trips to the beach with friends to literally […]

Stretching Our Faith

On : 14 November, 2015 | Category : 2015

From her very first therapy sessions, it was obvious to me that the main obstacle in Jian’s mobility was the contracture in her left hip. I kept telling Daniel that we were going to have to get her pelvis into alignment before any huge progress could be made with her walking.  I committed to stretching […]