Made me happy: + A kid in our home for the evening + A cousin who has adopted… and who lives close by + A husband who pulled out the baking sheet for Play-Doh playing, just like his mom did
Our weekend away was really, really nice. We’ve been road-tripping sooo much since we got engaged, that I’d gotten kind of bitter about doing it. But we’re getting wiser about how we do our road trips, and I’m enjoying it more. We pack light, stock up on things to do and eat in the car,… Continue reading weekend away: Indiana and outside Chicago
[all photos by We Are the Parsons] Happy Father’s Day to the one who, among other things, taught me what to look for in the one who will someday be the father of my own kids.
This Mother’s Day is different. It’s the first in which I have two moms to thank God for and love, recognize, and appreciate. And it’s the first in which my husband, Dan, gets to share his mom with me. And I get to share my mom with him. So, my two moms… I appreciate the… Continue reading Mother’s Day
As I was writing several class papers on my “process of learning,” I was reminded of the ways writing serves as a thought-processing tool for me. I just don’t think about some things unless I force myself to write them down. And unfortunately, the things I think the least about are the positive things —… Continue reading the transition
I can’t help but write on Father’s Day… Many of the babies here will never know the name of their biological father. Madelyn, who just went back to the U.S. with her parents, was the daughter of a prostitute and… well, countless possible men. There were some hold-ups in her adoption process, because her birthmom… Continue reading Father’s Day
Although anxious to leave, I am enjoying time at home with my family.
For those faithful blog readers who are not Askren relatives or do not know Mike and Kristen personally… This is a beautiful sight. Samuel Louis in his own bed in his own home after traveling from Taiwan! (stolen from Mike’s Facebook album) And, stolen from their blog… We named our son SAMUEL because of the… Continue reading Sam is Home
I don’t want to steal their thunder, but I know some of you have been praying… I cried and stared at this picture forever. It’s so good to see them together after months of waiting. Can’t wait to hug them and squeeze that cute little guy. God is good and He provides! And I love… Continue reading Mike, Kris and Samuel
+ I have received all the money I need for my trip to Taiwan! Blown away by the generosity of my family and friends. + Mike and Kristen are leaving tomorrow to bring Samuel Louis home from Taiwan! + I have a roommate for next year! She’s a friend of a friend of a friend.… Continue reading Good News