6 Lessons I learned about God as an Adoptive Mom That Every Parent Needs to Know, Part 1

By Barbara Rainey | October 8, 2018 | 12 Comments

Stepping into the hotel lobby, I took a deep breath and exhaled. After traveling all day I was more than ready to be done with crowds of strangers and airline demands. Happily I stood with the luggage a few steps from the front desk while Dennis checked us into our hotel. Moments later with room […]

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5 Reasons to Talk to Your Kids About Heaven

By Barbara Rainey | September 24, 2018 | 3 Comments

So, here’s a question to ask when you pick the kids up from school, or at dinner one night this week, or at bedtime, though bedtime will mean a delay in lights out. Bonus for the kids, maybe not for you. You find the best time and ask God to help you make this happen. […]

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When Your Home Feels Empty

By Barbara Rainey | September 20, 2018 | 17 Comments

“One day when the kids are gone, we will sit quietly by the fire and listen to the laughter in the walls.” For years a printed version of these stanzas from “Laughter in the Walls” by Bob Benson hung on a wall in our home, reminding me of a someday that, at the time, felt […]

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Parenting is Hard on the Heart

By Samuel Rainey | September 10, 2018 | 13 Comments

Today’s guest post is by my son, Samuel Rainey, husband of Stephanie and dad to four kids ages 15 to almost 7. Samuel is my third born, whose birth was by far my most difficult delivery, yet his life ushered into my world a son of delight whose presence makes me smile every time I […]

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Growing Up Adopted

By Deborah Petrik | September 6, 2018 | 10 Comments

Our guest blogger today is my delightful, Deborah Anne. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am for God’s wonderful purposes in giving us this daughter of ours through adoption. Because of Deborah we know God in ways we never would. Because of Deborah we understand love and grace and joy and hope and […]

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