Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World + GIVEAWAY

This past April I celebrated 48 years of adopted living. In July we celebrated with our children 12 years of adopted family life. Adoption bookends my experience of family, both as daughter and as mother. Several years ago I noticed how more people were writing about adoption, but I didn’t recognize my experience in their words. […]

On Dahlias, Joni Mitchell, and Dad

When I was 15,  I found myself living in a temporary situation. I’d left home and my future looked scary. I had an apprenticeship at a hair salon, but at minimum wage, I could not afford to live on my own. I was too young, no one would let me rent a space, plus I was […]

Say Yes to the Hard

By Lindsay Sterchi | Twitter: @lindsaysterchi It was a mostly normal Friday night when my husband Tyler and I received the phone call that would change our lives. That evening, we were going to give the invocation at our town’s Relay for Life event. I would be sharing a few words about how to cope when life […]

Let’s Dance Boldly in the Unresolved

I was adopted from India at five months old, and other than a few hospital papers and a referral photo, there’s not much more to document my life. For most people having five months of their lives unaccounted for would be weird, even worrisome. For me, it’s just normal. I don’t remember asking if I was […]

When My Barrenness Met God

By Natasha Metzler | Twitter: @natashametzler [Trigger warning for our readers struggling with infertility.] I never expected the word barren to label my life. I was a vibrant person. I am an introvert to be sure, but I wasn’t shy or backward. I loved life and loved living it. By the time I was in my early twenties I […]