DSCN0016I was the little girl who said, “Oh, Lord, please do not send me to China!”  Even though I had this fear, I was also the one who played orphanage in my room and felt called to go there some day.  Final result?  My husband and I adopted our daughters from China in 2008 and 2011.  And, if the Lord wants us to go back to China, to teach and to love, we will go.  Growing up, I never liked dolls.  Instead, I would turn my bedroom into a classroom, using my stuffed animals as my students. For as long as I could remember, I had wanted to be a teacher.  Final Result?  I went to Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and became a “high school” English teacher. For eighteen years, I taught language arts at both the high school and middle school levels.

When I was grown up, married, and teaching full-time, I use to say, “I will never home school my children!  I could never be a stay-at-home mother!”   Final Result?  In the middle of my master’s program for literacy, my oldest son became extremely frustrated in school.  Because I was only teaching part-time, my eldest son became my first “home schooling” experiment!  A year later, my other son was diagnosed with dyslexia.  And so, the homeschooling adventure started.

For twelve years, I have been told that I should write; some have even suggested that I write a book about our adoption adventures and how the Lord paid for two international adoptions in less than three years.  Final Result?   My personal experiences with both adoption and home schooling have only intensified my love for writing.   And, though, I haven’t finished my book yet, I have been blessed in writing some articles.

But Now . . .

In 2012, my oldest daughter wrote a children’s book The Newest Flower.  Her only request was to sell the book, giving all proceeds to adoption grant places who had helped us.  Two years later, the Lord blessed us with an illustrator from the Netherlands; he is illustrating the book for free.  Ironically, his son is from the same orphanage as our youngest daughter!

So, as I develop and fine tune my writing, along with my daughter’s, will you walk this journey of the heart with me?