Something Incredible

As 2018 draws to an end and our sights turn toward the new year, we all begin to feel a sense of expectation. What will change? What will we experience? What will we accomplish? I bet you're like me, and you want to be part of something incredible.

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Foster the Bay
Home for the Holidays

Every year around this time, we experience a particular set of sights, sounds, scents, flavors, and feelings. Little blinking lights begin to show up on houses, and red bows pop up in all the shopping centers. We’re surrounded by joyful music and cheerful songs.

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Lindsay Goodwin
More Alike Than Different

The first time I came face-to-face with one of my foster kids’ parents was not a planned meeting. It wasn’t an interaction I had planned for, and probably wasn’t one I would have chosen. It was awkward, to say the least. But today I’m grateful it happened the way it did. Having my first birth parent meeting under my belt, I was better prepared and open for future birth parent meetings.

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Patty M.
Good Gratitude

On my first Thanksgiving as a foster mom, I held a two-week old newborn baby as I grieved the loss of my own child. The night before, in a loud and chaotic emergency room, I had been diagnosed with a lethal ectopic pregnancy. {…} What good is gratitude in the darkest seasons of our lives?

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Lindsay GoodwinComment
On the Other Side

The world of foster care can feel like a terrifying, turbulent ocean -- the type of waters that one only desires to know from a distance. However, like the first disciples of Jesus, we are called to venture out into deeper, unknown waters. On our own personal journey as foster parents, my husband and I have definitely been led to that stormy place.

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Jessica Pattison
The Chameleon

Sometimes evil is a chameleon.

Recently I have been studying the views of the prophets regarding compassion, justice, good, and evil. Reading and reflecting on their words has led me to ponder what exactly it is the modern church needs to hear from these individuals.

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Pole Stars

Are you familiar with the term “adoption triad”? It’s a phrase used to describe the network of relationships between a child who has been adopted, the child’s birth parents, and the child’s adoptive parents. Recently, I was introduced to a difference phrase used to describe this network of relationships: “adoption constellation.”

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Lindsay GoodwinComment