Breakfast With Santa Adoption Fundraiser

Seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas? It’s not, I promise! The holidays offer some great adoption fundraiser ideas and I especially love this one from the Teply family. They added Santa to their pancake breakfast fundraiser! A pancake breakfast fundraiser is a great idea in itself. Families have made several thousand dollars […]

Adoption Fundraising

Adoption Fundraiser Spotlight – The Thayer Family

We are Shawn & Amanda Thayer. We began the process to adopt our first child in March of last year. Our home study has been approved, and we are currently in the process of preparing a nursery and our hearts for the little one that God has planned to be a part of our home. […]

2 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Next Adoption Fundraiser (Guest Post)

This is a guest post by Curtis Honeycutt, future adoptive dad. If you’re reading this you know funding an adoption is hard work (thank you, Captain Obvious). My wife and I are adopting from Ghana, and are currently waiting on a referral (11 months and counting). We reached our fundraising goal of $25,000 in four […]

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Transitioning to Life in Small Town America

We’re here. I haven’t written much since I posted about our impending move 3 months ago because we’ve been busy working, purging, packing, purging some more and dealing with the typical end-of-year craziness. The boys both graduated 8th grade – Luke as valedictorian. The very next day Mark and I headed out to Ark. because […]


Happy 15th!

This kid is 15 today! (Which makes me feel old.) I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am to have the privilege to be his mom. He is generous, thoughtful, hardworking, self-motivated, smart, funny and just an all around amazing young man. Four more years of watching his sports games will make […]

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Why I Still Believe in Miracles

Last Friday our 1999 mini-van completely stopped working as Mark pulled into a parking lot. Like dead, no power, no power steering, nothing. The car behind nearly rear-ended him. So we had the car towed to our favorite mechanic, but of course it was near closing time on Friday and they wouldn’t be open again […]

The #1 Way to Kill Your Contentment

I’m knee deep in prepping to speak at a women’s conference on one of my favorite topics – contentment. Usually we think of contentment in terms of material goods, but it can affect all areas of our lives. Are you content in your career, your marriage, your health? Are you okay with where you are […]