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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, momma, and a change maker. Thanks for joining my journey. 

i've been thinking

i've been thinking

Do it for one. 

When you start to think about all of the children in need in the world, orphans in other countries or the kids down the street, it’s easy to become paralyzed by how massive the number is. The need is SO great. 

What I’ve learned through my work as a teacher, nonprofit leader and now soon to be adoptive momma is... do it for one. 

Start somewhere, and do it for one. 

Give one meal, cloth one child, tutor one student. 

Don’t think your giving of time, resources and/or love for one is not enough.

Because for that one, you could completely change the course of his/her history and isn’t that a beautiful thing. 

There are 153 million orphans in the world. Make that number one less.

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”

Luke 15

Reckless Love by Cory Asbury has been on repeat in my head lately. Thinking about God's never ending, all consuming love leaves me speechless and on my knees. 

Be the one who tells the "one" about this kind of love. 

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. 

You have been so, so good to me. 

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me.

You have been so, so kind to me.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine. 

I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. 

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah. 

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me. 

You have been so, so good to me. 

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me. 

You have been so, so kind to me.

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. 

Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine. 

And I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away. 

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah. 

Adoption update: Profile is done. Home-study will be complete next week. We hope to become an active family by early June. Then we wait. Maybe days, weeks, praying not years. 

Thanks for riding this journey with us! 

Ali 

ev's two year photos

ev's two year photos

for the love of one

for the love of one