Adoption, In the Waiting Room, Parenting

It's World Adoption Day!

In honor of World Adoption Day, I’m re-posting this piece called “Island Time” about the long, yet necessary, process of adopting our daughter Amelia. ISLAND TIME “Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” –William Faulkner Our official wait for… Read More It's World Adoption Day!


Sometimes the Adoption Process Feels Like This

Oh, how I have missed writing here in recent weeks! For the month of October, our time has been focused on launching our new book (20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves) and our new website ( We’ve been interviewed on a variety of radio shows and written guest columns for various websites and blogs. I look… Read More Sometimes the Adoption Process Feels Like This

Adoption, In the Waiting Room


I met Meredith last month when Peter and I spoke at a young marrieds’ retreat in Gull Lake, Michigan. During the Saturday evening session, I spoke from John 11 about Mary and Martha and Lazarus and Christ. If you’ve done much reading here at This Odd House, you’ve probably picked up on how much I love… Read More the-baby-wait

Adoption, In the Waiting Room

Waiting in Fosterland

Guest Post by a Fellow Foster Mom   I’ve had several prolonged periods of waiting in my life. A few of the more obvious ones are this: In my 20s, I waited several years for a much-desired career change. I waited until I was 30 to marry. And I was approaching 40 before I became… Read More Waiting in Fosterland