Questions

by Jamie Ivey Recently I was tucking in my son, whom we adopted domestically, and I told him that his birth mom was getting married soon and that I had a picture of her in her new dress. He was excited to see it, and immediately the questions started to form in his little brain. Continue »

Raising Good Conversationalists

Do you sometimes feel embarrassed in front of your friends because your child won’t talk and simply grumbles a “yes” or “no” to an adult’s questions? Do you have trouble getting him to talk? Or do you yourself feel awkward in engaging someone in a conversation? Some skills in the family will be more “caught Continue »

Compassion

I think the year was around 1999. I received a call from a family who had been struggling with their recent adoption. Like all adoptive families, this family had been thrilled to bring home their new son. They had somehow raised all of the funds needed for their adoption and had sacrificed in many ways Continue »

An Antidote for Stress

There is one simple but profound reality that might have made a big difference for me as a mother … if I had the wisdom and maturity to have grasped it when I was swimming in children, chores, and Cheerios. I’ll explain why I say only “might” later. Just a few months ago I learned Continue »

Me and My Big Mouth

“I couldn’t get into the pool or the shower today because they were so crowded,” I huffed to the administrator at my local gym. Before she could reply I stomped out the door. Immediately I was convicted. The little voice deep inside said, “Laura, you were extremely rude to that woman. You have no right Continue »