The Covenant of First and Second Mothers in Adoption

By Barbara Rainey | May 6, 2022 | 1 Comment

Note from Barbara: Jodi and I have walked parallel tracks. We’ve both given years to serving and growing Christian Alliance for Orphans, cafo.org, and we’ve both come close to birth mothers and been profoundly changed by the experience. While tomorrow’s National Birth Mother’s Day will get no press or sudden spikes on social media we can be […]

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The Gift of Listening

By Renee Swope | January 25, 2022 | 2 Comments

With so many things competing for our time and attention, how many of us moms are struggling with really listening to our kids? Our guest writer today, Renee Swope, gives us some great insight into this common issue and helps us understand the importance of this gift. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing her wisdom. I […]

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Heart Identity Matters

By Barbara Rainey | July 12, 2021 | 28 Comments

Opening an old journal I read some words I had written many years before: “I really wanted to go to the meetings this morning, but here I am in our apartment being a mother. Mothering doesn’t stop. Children’s needs don’t stop. Sick kids can’t be delegated. So once again I’m isolated and he, my husband, […]

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Looking Forward to the Real Mother’s Day

By Barbara Rainey | May 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

My first memories of Mother’s Day are sitting in church as a child while the minister recognized all the mothers. I remember them standing in recognition of their day, each mother wearing a corsage. It was a tradition in that generation and somehow the men knew it was part of their jobs to provide the corsages […]

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“Becoming Small” in the Lives of Your Adult Children

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2021 | 14 Comments

My good friend, Jane Ann Smith, who also has six children and is about 10 years ahead of me in life’s journey, has given me lots of good advice over the years. As I began my empty nest years, I continued to watch her, ask questions and learn from her. A few years later when […]

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