In today’s episode, we’re chatting with Natalie Gwyn.
Natalie Gwyn is the author of a newly released book, The Okayest Mom. Natalie and her husband adopted multiple children all at once, and I was amazed that although our stories are very different—since the sibling group they adopted came from overseas—there is so much to our stories that are similar. In both cases, we felt a call. In both cases, God brought a large sibling group into our home, in both cases, we have seen God work as we’ve loved and cared for these children, and in both cases, we’ve had some challenging times.
As you listen to today’s episode, there are a few things I hope you get out of this. First, Natalie and I are very ordinary women. We are not saints. We are not supermoms. We are women, along with our husbands, who felt God’s call and went into it with knees shaking.
Also, Natalie and I are still in the middle of the journey and the middle of the struggle—and isn’t that the way it is with all parenting? When it comes to parenting, we never will “arrive.” I have adult kids and there are times I really connect and help them, and there are times I mess up. Parenting is a hard journey, and the only way we can have any success is to lean close to Jesus and walk with him along the way.
When it comes to talking about parenting and adoption there is a balance. I know that anything I write and say online or in a podcast can be discovered by my children later. There is a balance in sharing the realities of adoption and also protecting our kids. So if there are times we don’t go into exact details about situations that is the reason why.
But overall, as you listen, I pray you will hear our hearts. We’re two moms who love our kids and who often struggle. We’re also two moms who’ve discovered great joy on the path God has led us to in parenting and adoption, and it has changed us in the process.
I hope you enjoy today’s chat with Natalie Gwyn. You can listen above or on iTunes! I’d love it if you shared with your friends!
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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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