What I Learned from a (possible) *Confirmed* Adoption Scam

What I Learned from a (possible) Adoption Scam

UPDATE 4/22/15: Over the past two weeks we’ve discovered proof of fraud. God has been so kind to allow us clarity on this really awful situation. I’ve been working with a detective on the west coast since this past December, shortly after everything fell through. I knew in my heart of hearts that this situation was fraudulent and I pleaded with the Lord to give us proof.

I was determined to get to the bottom of this. The truth will always prevail. Evil cannot win. It will always be brought out into the light.

This woman kept a lie going for many months, via her blog, and occasional direct contact with me (of which I have not responded to since December). She posted pictures on her public blog and directly emailed me a picture of the supposed baby she gave birth to, implying that this baby girl was still available for adoption.

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7 Ways to Choose Joy at Christmas

7 Ways to Choose Joy at Christmas

Are you currently in a challenging season? Is it difficult to choose joy this Christmas? For many years, choosing joy at Christmas was very difficult for me (and sometimes still is). I’m sharing my experience at The Humbled Homemaker today, along with seven ways to intentionally choose joy at Christmas.

Christmas can be a difficult season for me. I’m more inclined to plug my ears when I hear “it’s a holly jolly Christmas” at the store, than push my cart with a little more pizzaz. Shopping stresses me out (thank you, Amazon), traveling exhausts me, and I’m more than ready to take our tree and decorations down the night of the 25th and get my home back in order (my husband talks me down every year).

My husband is a worship pastor, and with that high calling comes a long list of both blessing and sacrifice. December means extra rehearsals, Christmas parties, and responsibilities on Christmas Eve that take him away from our family. Wives and children of pastors and ministry leaders have a unique calling, and it can be extra difficult this time of year.

When loneliness tugs at your heart, like it often does mine, intentionally choosing joy at Christmas can be a challenge.

Read more at The Humbled Homemaker! Merry Christmas!

 

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Easy Mint Chocolate Fudge (dairy and gluten free)

Mint Chocolate Fudge (dairy and gluten free)

Looking for a last minute Christmas dessert? I created this mint chocolate fudge recipe recently and it’s absolutely delicious! It’s also really simple to make – so simple that my three year old helped me the whole time. Get the full recipe at The Nourishing Gourmet. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Velvety smooth fudge, rich in chocolate, mingled with refreshing peppermint is a must-try this season. This mint chocolate fudge is the perfect way to satisfy a craving, or finish off a hearty meal this holiday season. Even better it’s surprisingly quick to make, and can be boxed up easily to give as a lovely gift.

I am a huge fan of fudge. It’s always my go-to treat during summer vacations at the beach, and my top pick off the Christmas dessert table. The first time I made fudge at home I used Kimi’s recipe for the easiest, healthiest, most scrumptious fudge ever (also see this version using maple syrup). It definitely lived up to its name, and I have made it many times since then to satisfy those pesky little chocolate cravings. I love that her recipe, and the one I created as well, is free from refined sugar, dairy, gluten, and all other kinds of yucky ingredients the more typical fudge recipes have. This version starts with chocolate chips instead of cocoa powder for a more stable fudge for gift giving.

Read more at The Nourishing Gourmet and get the full recipe there too.

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The Story Of Our Failed Adoption Match

The Story Of Our Failed Adoption Match

Sometimes it’s easier to write about a dark season after the pain has subsided a bit. Other times the pain gives a boost of creativity, and the words flow easier. I’ve found myself telling the story about our failed adoption match a few times recently, and I no longer feel sick to my stomach when I do so. Well, not *as* sick to my stomach. The enormity of my emotions from that time, and the pain of having it fall through, still overwhelms me at times. God has been so good to bring significant healing since last December/January. I would like to share about it a bit in this space because I know our story, although unique, isn’t uncommon.

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On December 18, 2013, almost one year ago, we got the phone call. The call that every adoptive couple dreams of. It was about 4 pm, and even though we had been waiting for over two years at that point, it was still the last call I expected to get that evening.

“You guys were chosen!” said our case worker on the other line.

“It’s a sibling group of three children.”

Three children. Wow. My heart was beating so fast.

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Apple Pie Soaked Oatmeal

Apple Pie Soaked Oatmeal
Hearty, with a touch of sweet, and filled with all the spices we love this time of year. Apple pie soaked oatmeal is a nourishing version of those little brown packets (you know the ones I’m talking about). The ones filled with artificial colors and flavors, and other ingredients that can’t be pronounced. This version is hearty, nourishing, and soaked ahead of time to reduce the anti-nutrient phytic acid, making it more digestible.

I confess, I picked up a box of those instant brown packets of oatmeal this past summer. We had just returned from our annual vacation to Cape Cod, and received a phone call that our three-year adoption wait would be coming to an end in a short four hours. A two and a half year old boy would be arriving at our home that evening. Would we be able to take him? Of course we would! A mad dash to Target was made as we picked up clothes, a few toys, some snacks and “kid-approved” food to get us through a few days.

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