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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is my second favorite holiday to my birthday. It is so great to be catered to and loved on. It is also a time for traditions. My favorite Mother's Day tradition is fairly new but so special. It is a weekend away with my oldest and dearest friend...Love you Jen! After my night off and room service the next morning I came home to my precious family. We had a wonderful morning at church and a delicious lunch of hot chicken fingers and pizza then watched a movie.

Looking back I see now how choosing the Blindside might have been a bad choice. If you don't know it is the story of a young man who is adopted into a family and how his life and the family's life is changed dramatically. So now you are probably asking why that would be a bad choice for a Mother's Day movie...Well because I am very passionate. I probably will have to take something to be able to fall asleep because I am soooooooooooo mad right now. I will call it RIGHTEOUS ANGER. How many people have watched that movie and been so touched by it that they went out and became foster parents, or adopted an orphaned child? Odds are not very many.

147 million Orphans

147 MILLION Orphans

And that doesn't include children who are wards of the state.



I go through these emotions often. It happens when I think of what my adopted children have given me.I became a foster parent to help kids, but my kids have helped me...so much more than I ever could have imagined.

There are literally MILLIONS of kids just like:





Big Mike (Micheal Oher)

Just waiting for you. YOU! They need a compassionate, committed, loving family. Just like yours. And you know what? You need them! You need them to learn more about compassion, commitment, and love.

That is what my kids have taught me. That is what my bio kids have learned even more about.

We have witnessed miracles. Very real and very profound miracles all because we chose to trust God and walk through the process of fostering children.

James 1:27 (New Living Translation)

27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.


  1. I whole-heartily agree with you Beth. I'm sure that our journey in the "system" is not yet over. Thanks for your passion you live out everyday. I truly love you my friend.


  2. I think you and I feel a piece of God's heart when we long for his compassion and justice and when we have righteous anger toward apathy. Though it seems there is no outlet for our feelings and it seems they come to naught, I believe it is truly the groanings of the Spirit within. Weeping within does join in with God's weeping over man-kind and I believe it is one of the most passionate heart prayers that we can offer.



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