Seven years ago this month Danielle and I rode quietly in a taxi for the hour or so ride from Pattaya to Bangkok. We were on our way to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. If we had not purchased round trip tickets, I am not sure we would have returned. At least not then.
Arriving in Thailand May 2007
We each looked out our own side window lost in our own thoughts trying to hold our emotions in. I find it hard to believe that it has been seven years since that day.
We spent our last two days in Pattaya saying good-bye to people who in just a few months had become life-long friends. I can still feel the strong sense of loss I felt deep within me.
Something deep inside of each us wants to explore our life story. We sit at the feet of our grandparents to hear stories about our family history. Many research through endless records to find out their ancestry. But what if you were adopted and didn’t know who your family was?
Not every adopted child has the opportunity to know much if anything about their biological family. They might have been adopted from an orphanage that has no information about their family. Or, their adoptive family might have decided to not pass on their biological family information.
Wisdom is more precious than silver or gold and freely given to those who will accept it. No, these saying are not mine! You can find them in the book of Proverbs.
Earlier this year I wrote a blog, 9 Misguided Motives for Fostering or Adopting. I wrote that blog to caution people considering foster care or adoption to think through their motives. Why? Because foster care and/or adoption is hard and complex. Any child deserves for you to take the time to check your motives and count the cost.
John M Simmons, author and adoptive parent, left a comment on that blog suggesting that I write about some reasons to foster and adopt. Yes, families should and need to put thought into how fostering and adopting will affect them. However, there are many good reasons to decide to foster or adopt a child.
When it comes to adoption, three ways to adopt exist—from foster care, domestic or international.
What are the most common reasons people adopt?
Hear from Matt Peacock, Partner in Hope’s executive director, as he shares stories of hope from 2014. Also, hear testimonies from two ladies who benefitted from the help of many Partner in Hope volunteers.
Thank you to all who donated their time, resources and funds to help families in the Lake Travis/Spicewood communities in 2014!
I remember when I fell in love with playing basketball. It was the summer after 6th grade. A friend of mine that I had known since elementary invited me over to his house to hang out one afternoon. He was a good basketball player going on to play on our state playoff high school team years later. Naturally, he wanted to play some basketball on his driveway hoop. I don’t think I had played much before that day, and it showed. I did good to hit the backboard.
I don’t recall the conversation with my parents after that day, but I know that we had a basketball goal on our driveway shortly after that. I spent hours on that driveway shooting, dribbling and re-enacting last-minute game winning shots.
This summer I decided to pursue traditional publishing for my next book—Living Free of Toxic Shame: Learn from Others Who Have Gone Before You. If you want to read about my decision to go the traditional publishing route, you can read about it here.
Navigating the world of literary agents and publishers confuses a first-timer. I have had a few conversations with beginning writers, and most of us are clueless what agents and publishers want. Most writers wanting to get published probably think that the agents and publishers want a manuscript. Isn’t that what happens in the movies?
November is National Adoption Month. Organizations all around the country work to raise our awareness of children who don’t have a forever family or are at-risk. Three responses prevail—complete disregard or ambivalence, an overwhelming feeling that leads to no action, or action.
The question for those who pay attention and want to take action in spite of the overwhelming complexity of orphan care is—what is the best action for them to take?
When I use the term at-risk child, I refer to a child who either lives in institutional housing, foster care, or in an untenable home situation.
So how can we work together to care for these children? Key phrase—Work Together.
In July 2014 a group of nine women left Austin, Texas early in the morning to begin the long trip to the other side of the world. My wife, Danielle, led this team of incredible women on this journey. One more who lives in East Asia joined the team at the Bangkok airport completing the team of 10.
Danielle and I lived in Thailand for half a year in 2007.While living there, Danielle became involved with the Tamar Center. Tamar was founded in 1999 and seeks to provide hope in a city full of red-light districts. To provide healing through love, biblical principles and to provide education as well as job opportunities for girls leaving the bars.
Please enjoy this interview with Danielle about their trip: