Gazing Upward
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View More: am a 38-year-old wife and mother, living in Birmingham, Alabama. My husband and I have been married almost 12 years and have 4 children:  Caroline (18), Carter (9), Grace (8), and Maryn (almost 5).  Caroline and Grace were both adopted from China.

We had always felt called to adopt, but we did not anticipate the heartache and challenge of enduring multiple miscarriages in our quest to begin and expand our family. We have lost 7 babies through 6 miscarriages (one set of twins). Having dealt with the losses in both healthy and poor ways, I long to be available to other women who are struggling down this hard road.

I once wanted to adopt because I thought I could complete the life of an orphan. Little did I know how our adopted children would complete me and our family in so many ways. As pastor David Platt has said, you don’t adopt because you’re rescuers. You adopt because you’re rescued. I am thankful to have accepted and experienced God’s redemptive work in my life and my heart. And I can’t imagine where I’d be in my life if I hadn’t surrendered control to Him during my senior year of high school.

I am passionate about orphan care and adoption, all genres of literature, writing, dancing, and digging deep into God’s Word. In 2008, my dream of graduating from seminary was realized. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned through Bible studies, teaching, speaking, and writing to women of all ages and backgrounds. I definitely don’t know every answer or have it all together. But I certainly grow much more when I’m engaged in these areas and pray that God will use me as He sees fit. On a daily basis, I’m also eager to learn more about marriage, parenting, photography, cooking, gardening, and Mandarin!

Words, whether through stories, Scripture, or song lyrics, have always had a power to minister to my soul. And writing is a hobby and passion in which I find healing and often revelation or clarification of my thoughts and emotions. I hope this blog is a place to share where we can better understand ourselves by searching inward, touch others by reaching outward, and experience God’s redemptive work by gazing upward.

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