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It’s Time…

So it’s been a while since I last posted. It’s not that writing this blog is not important, but I had some more important things to deal with, Continue reading “It’s Time…”


I am probably what change experts would call a laggard. Continue reading “Change”

5 Ways to Make Friends in Church

Last week I posted about the importance of friendships and how difficult it was for me (and apparently many others) to build deep friendships as adults.

Continue reading “5 Ways to Make Friends in Church”


A woman just recently asked me, “Is it normal to feel so disconnected at church?”

Continue reading “Friendship”


This weekend I had the pleasure of “retreating” with forty other woman and was offered the gift of hearing some of their stories of heartbreak, hope, faith and resilience.

Continue reading “Treasures”

From Blehs to Blessings

I can’t believe it’s already February. I’ve had a hard time getting my engine started this year and I’m disappointed with what little I’ve produced in the first month of 2017. I haven’t felt like doing much, whether it’s cleaning and organizing my house, making healthy dinners for my family, meeting up with people that I haven’t connected with in a while, or even writing this blog. I just haven’t had the energy or motivation to do it. For someone like me, who loves to cross things off my “to-do list” and gains energy by knowing I’m doing something good in the world, it’s been pretty discouraging. Continue reading “From Blehs to Blessings”


Happy December!!  I can’t believe there are only 24 days left till Christmas!!! I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping and all our Christmas decorations continue to be neatly stowed away in our basement. (By the way does anyone know who lives in that townhouse with the crazy lights and big inflatable Christmas decorations on every floor of their house?!! This family had their decorations up even before Halloween! My girls say that those people must be “crazy about Christmas!”) Continue reading “Advent”


I wanted to share my own story of how God has used signposts in my life to open my heart to one day adopt or foster children.

I grew up in a small town called Creemore and we were the only Asian family in this little farm town. I loved growing up there and I have such fond memories of playing outdoors and having the freedom to roam pretty much anywhere. Continue reading “Signposts”

What Not To Say/Do To An Adoptive Family (guest post)

Most of us don’t go around trying to say or do things that hurt others. But the sad fact of the matter is, whether from not knowing what our loved ones need or a lack of understanding of what they are experiencing, we have all said or done things that have caused pain to the ones we love. This week’s guest post is from a dearly loved family in our community who have asked to remain anonymous while they wait for the perfect time to tell their own families that they are adopting. Continue reading “What Not To Say/Do To An Adoptive Family (guest post)”

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