Simply perfect

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Some days are remembered for the balance of wonderful or awful they bring. A wedding. A death. A birth. An accident. A loss. A blessing long asked.

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Bring Him Home: Faith, love & miracles

Last fall, Mathaus and I had the chance to help out on a film project called “The 5 Day Adoption.”

Mathaus got to help with scene set-up and lights, and me, well, I got to do a little acting! It was a great day, and we both had a lot of fun, even despite the two-hour downpour we drove through to get home really, really late that evening.

The project has been well received, and it’s meant a lot to us because it promotes one of our favorite calls in life — adoption.

Now, the family who produced “The 5 Day Adoption” is working on another film project called “Bring Him Home.”

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There were no oversized packets delivered, no “You’re In!!!” screaming from our mailbox. Even without the Facebook-worthy reveal, the result was the same: she’s in. Babita has a school. Now she just needs a year’s tuition up front and a visa.

Neither is a small task, but God has more than shown Himself faithful. We pray, we petition, we wait.

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So many

I admit, I don’t see it. The “large family” thing.

To me, this is a family of individuals. Even when we’re all gathered together, loud, taking up a ten foot long dining room table … it’s just a gathering of my people. I see each face, not an overwhelming collection. There’s John Mark, probably interrupting someone. Jude, banging his cup enthusiastically. Mathaus, taking as few asparagus spears as possible before passing the bowl.

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Babita’s song

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. —Proverbs 13:12

We are waiting right now. Waiting, again.

Seems like so much of life is lived in the grey area of leaving one abiding place while waiting for the door to swing wide on the next. I feel it more keenly now, as I look into the not-so-far future and see that our family is moving into a season of transitions, of children striking out and finding new places to call home. We are in the waiting phase of anticipated goodbyes and yet, we hope for one more hello.

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Making life a drink offering

During my trip to Nepal this past month, I was reminded of a quick visit I made about 15 years ago to the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. I don’t quite remember why I went, but as one would expect, the entire cathedral was extravagant and gorgeous.

But what really struck me, and has stayed with me ever since, is the mural in the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi, located inside the cathedral.

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Purposeful playtime (math for special learners)

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If I ever had any illusions that education could possibly be a one-size-fits-all endeavor, they were exploded the minute that special needs became our daily reality. All of a sudden, everything I had learned in my first decade of homeschooling was just a starting point; this, I understood, was home education magnified.

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Artist in training

Seven summers ago, on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion we value, we invested in an art camp for Mary Hannah. It was so good that when the chance to participate came around the next summer, we jumped. And while those lessons didn’t magically morph our girl into Monet, they did pay off in a blue ribbon at Fair, and what has proved to be an enduring enjoyment of playing with various media that continues to this day.

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