When God Called Us to Adopt Teens

I clearly remember the moment I knew God was calling John and I to adopt a sibling group of older girls. God didn’t speak as through a megaphone. Instead, it was one small conversation—and more small thoughts—that built into an idea that I knew was from God. The thoughts first started as I mentored teen moms in the young mom support group I lead. A number of the young moms had aged out of foster care. With no family support, {Read More}

My Journey to Adoption {Listen to my Interview on the Restory Show}

Recently I had the joy of chatting with Mary DeMuth on her Restory Show. We talked about my story: growing up needing love, finding it in boys, being a pregnant teen, then turning my life over to Jesus. The bulk of the episode we talk about my family’s journey of adoption. Click here to listen our chat, and keep reading to learn a little more about how my adoption story began! I first thought about adoption around 1999 when I was reading {Read More}

Bonding Through Books | The Importance of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

I had the privilege of stopping by the Read-Aloud Revival  podcast to share about how reading aloud help me bond with my adoptive kids. Listen to the interview to find out how even though I grew up in a non-reading family, reading and writing has become a huge part of my family’s culture. Also, discover some of my favorite read-alouds and books that made me a reader and writer. Thanks for having me, Sarah! Click here to listen.   Looking for great read-alouds for your {Read More}

Put Your Work Aside and Enjoy God’s Presence

The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. 1 Kings 8:11 (NLT) Has there ever been a time in your life when you were so amazed at God’s presence that you simply had to pause? Pause to take Him in, pause to rejoice, pause to reflect on how amazing God truly is? I remember a time when I was folding a load of laundry, and I almost sank {Read More}

Does My Child Need Emotional Therapy?

I remember the first time I took my 5-year-old to the therapist’s office. I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of time. We were going to therapy because we were adopting from foster care and our DHS (Department of Human Services) worker suggested it. We were having BIG meltdowns and a lot of emotional issues. I knew we needed help; I just wasn’t sure we’d be able to find it. My doubts grew as I entered the {Read More}

How to Help Foster and Adoptive Parents

One of the most overwhelming times in my life is when we welcomed new kids into our home by adopting through foster care. Having them in our home was new for us, and it’s new for them. There were all types of fears and both positive and negative behaviors. I was weary, but my load was lightened greatly when neighbors, friends and our church family pitched in to help. We received some meals, a few gifts, and some gift cards. Even recently {Read More}

Introducing the New Goyer Girls!

We are so blessed to officially have four more kids in our family. Making John and I the parents of 10 kids. Yes, 10 kids! You can read more about their adoption here. And now what everyone has been waiting for … photos! We also get a BONUS daughter, son-in-law and grandbaby! Our girls have an older sister. She is married to Regi and they have a sweet new baby girl.   We love these girls so much, and we {Read More}

6 Reasons We Chose to Adopt {by Kim Zimmerman}

Kim Zimmerman and her family are featured in the adoption documentary Find Me which follows three families on their journey to adopt from China. Kim blogs about her family here. Adoption was not a “PLAN B.” Instead, adopting was a continuum of Plan A! When we stepped into the world of adoption, our family was already considered a “big” family in America today. With three daughters and two sons, we had long since surpassed what is considered to some as {Read More}

The Tricia Goyer books you probably haven’t read … but should!

I love writing books, and I love when readers are able to walk into bookstores and pick up a copy just as it comes out, yet I’ve written some books where doing that hasn’t been so easy. In fact many readers haven’t purchased books from my Home to Heather Creek series because for many years these books were only available through the Guidepost book club. If you’re one of those people I have great news! My Home to Heather Creek {Read More}

Adoption in Fiction . . . and in Life

Do you ever look back and can see how God is working and are amazed? Have you ever had a moment when you have an “ah-ha” moment and the only thing you can do is praise God? That happened to me today. That happened to me when I was writing this post. I sat down to write about a few of the books that include adoption. I was going to share first about my novel Love Finds You in Lonesome {Read More}

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