Why Should We Stay in Touch with the Birth Family?

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.

5 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Consider Fostering or Adopting

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!

Why I Still Play Basketball

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.

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Photo Credit: moonjazz via Compfight cc


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.

What I Learned from Creating My Book Proposal

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.

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Photo Credit: harfang2011 via Compfight cc

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?

How to Work Together and Care for At-Risk Children

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.

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Photo Credit: mikeeliza via Compfight cc

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.

Tamar Mission Trip Interview with Danielle Camp

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.


Pattaya, Thailand


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:

What an Unhealthy Brain Needs

Brian and Jeff sat on the public transit on their way back to their downtown San Francisco hotel. It was getting late when a homeless man entered their car. They knew he was homeless. He had several bags tied together and piled on a cart that he maneuvered carefully into the public train. A stench filled the air as the two guys instinctively covered their noses with their hands.

Lost in their own thoughts Brian and Jeff watched the homeless man fidget with his belongings. Brian began to wonder why this man ended up living on the streets carrying every possession he owned in dirty old bags focused on finding food, shelter and safety, while he (Brian) enjoyed a comfortable home, never worried about his next meal, and enjoyed the blessing of a beautiful family.