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Protecting Children in Media

There I was, mouth hanging awkwardly open, on the Facebook page of a person I’d only met a time or two. I know most pictures are considered public domain these days, and it wasn’t a big deal. But still, I couldn’t help feeling a bit like a fresh ham plopped without consent in the butcher […]


Setting Realistic Expectations in Foster Care

One of our daughters broke her arm this week going down a slide (or rather falling off a slide). She is 11-years-old and is the thrill-seeker in the family.  Shortly after her first birthday, she’d found a way to climb up on the kitchen counters (to feast on the leftovers of a large sheet cake).  […]


Broccoli and Ballet: When Things that Aren’t Your Thing Become Your Thing

I was sitting at dinner last night eating, among other things, a pile of broccoli (the 11-year-old me would definitely say I’ve sold out).  While we were eating, one of my daughters was showing us the new ballet moves she learned in dance class. I’ve never completely gotten ballet.  I mean I definitely get that […]


WWO Global Forum (and great short video!)

The World Without Orphans Global Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand this past week was nothing short of marvelous. It stands as yet another poignant emblem of the global re-awakening of the Church into the role that Christians at their best have always played on behalf of orphans. The 450+ attendees represented nearly all of the […]


My Biggest Valentine’s Day Regret

The last couple of days our kids have been working on preparing their valentines and building personalized boxes to collect cards from their classmates.   I got involved in the creation of the boxes, and am pleased to report that a power tool was involved. However, working with the kids to prepare valentines always carries a […]