Rethinking Foster Care

"I really didn't want to foster because of the emotional ups and downs of caring for and losing children. But then it hit me, how much did God love me? That thought changed my mind." -Jason Riggle  Entering the glass entrance and down the hall I arrived in a sun-lit sanctuary. 8 men huddled there... Continue Reading →


2am...not time.  3am...roll over again.  4am...Isabelle woke up, toss her in bed for the last hour.  4:50...time to go!  Isabelle rolled off our bed with more energy than appropriate for such an hour. Barking and dancing she bounced while we packed. 5:15 I love driving on freeways before 6am! The traffic rocks! 5:45 Checked in,... Continue Reading →


Isabelle rests sleeping as she waits port surgery tomorrow. I sit indian style preparing for bed. I hope and I trust tomorrow will turn out well. We get up in 6 hours. Tonight we stay with Ashley's newly wedded brother. Talking marriage I realize how much I've learned (and haven't) in 9 years. I hope... Continue Reading →

How to Pursue Justice

Sitting in a warm minivan, with my sleeping toddler, in driveway of the house I own makes death row seem world's away. Instead of just minutes... Two years after my life began Walter McMillan's life was sentenced to end. As a black man in rural Alabama he received the short end of an ugly stick.... Continue Reading →

Paul Thomas.

Dodging splashes from two squirrely girls I couldn’t help but laugh. Both faces kept dipping into bath bubbles and popping up saying “look I’m Santa Claus!” Twenty minutes later a ball of green and a ball of pink huddled giggling on the hallway floor as both girls dried off under towels. The night finished with my... Continue Reading →

The Day the World Changed

"Today she would buy her dead father into Heaven!" With that thought she woke up. With more energy than usual Mary rolled out of bed into her day at 5am. Kneading dough in the dark she started the day's loaves cooking by 6am. With Peter's help she packed the hot loaves for sale and they... Continue Reading →

What you simply must get done.

I really should have seen it coming. Lying on my back under the kitchen sink I ducked another gush of water. I simply wanted to install an under-sink water filter. Why was I fixing everything but the installation I intended? Looking down past my feet I realized I simply had to get this done or... Continue Reading →

The Pain of Uncertainty

Several hours ago we tore through the house packing to take Isabelle to the ER. Initially we set out for Riley children's hospital but quickly diverted to a local ER out of fears about her breathing. Checked in, blood drawn (from her neck), and x-rays taken we enter the hardest part. We long to escape... Continue Reading →

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