T-Rex and Hindsight

—Brian— Last year at this time, I had the honor of getting to speak at the graduation ceremony for the school where I work.   I was so busy at the time. Actually, it was the most stressful time of my life up to that point. As a result, I didn't get to start writing... Continue Reading →

Evolution of “Date Night”

—Brian and Anna-Marie— We decided to write this week’s post together. We’ve used font colors for clarity. (A-M is green. B is orange). —Brian— When Anna-Marie and I got married, we waited a long time before we had kids. We knew we wanted to adopt to start our family and we weren’t ready to do that... Continue Reading →

On Breathing

(and yoga) —Anna-Marie— I've heard talks and read different things about Yahweh (the name God gave himself to Moses) being breath... that when you say "Yahweh" as it is written in Hebrew, it actually comes out as breath. Many take this deeper, believing that when we breathe in and out it is a sacred act, that the... Continue Reading →

Tobin and I

Our eight-year-old, Knox, is an "old soul." There is just a knowing that he has... like he can feel people and situations. He's still an eight-year-old, full of laughter and fun and light, and he still makes mistakes... he's not perfect but he is so Good. He's been through heavy himself, and heavy with us,... Continue Reading →

Seeing

—Anna-Marie— Tobin has a hard time with eye contact. Lack of eye contact is one of the markers for autism. It’s also one of the markers for attachment issues in children who are adopted. I can remember those first months Tobin was home, how I would always try to get his eyes. I’d play the... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

—Brian— Ok… I’m going to admit it. I watched the Disney movie Tangled… And I liked it. Mainly I liked the movie because of the lantern festival scene that takes place near the end of the movie. Again admitting... I got a little teary-eyed when the first lantern reflected in the water and then all... Continue Reading →

“How did it get like this?”

—Anna-Marie— The truth is, I already knew the answer before I asked the question: we’d been in survival mode. For a long time. Let’s just first acknowledge how embarrassing it is to lead with the picture above. For so many, many reasons. Right? But that’s kind of the point. In the tippiest, toppest room of... Continue Reading →

Always

—Brian— -A Note on Marriage and Hard Things- I don't completely remember the first time I met anyone. Except Anna-Marie… It was the beginning my sophomore year in college.  She was a freshman. I was talking with a friend of mine in the back of a meeting before it started and she walked in. She... Continue Reading →

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