So, yesterday, Jen Hatmaker (an awesome writer, an awesome person and one of my “friends I’ve never met”) wrote this article on her blog - http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2014/05/30/on-parenting-teens-that-struggle. In it, she raises some questions (near the bottom of her article but please read the whole thing.). Questions that she, with relatively normal teens, can’t answer about teens … Continue reading A Parent’s Response to Jen Hatmaker
It started already Tuesday night. Actually I think it was within an hour of finding out about it. The phone calls started. The panicked, nervous and very distraught adoptive parents whose children were still down at GLA were obviously very upset about the news and very concerned about what had happened to GLA and to … Continue reading Shaken Phone Syndrome?
Ann Voskamp recently said something (one of many) that has resonated with me: “You have to bury your fear in faith. Otherwise you bury your talents.” There is a lot in those two sentences – let’s “unpack” them for a few minutes: “You have to…..” Not you should, or you can or you might want … Continue reading Bury it?
Twitter was truly a remarkable and I’d say life saving “tool” that night. There were people who were able to connect with family, there were others who could route rescuers to someone who was tweeting while trapped in rubble. There were also a boat load of journalists on twitter trolling to find out what’s happening. … Continue reading Twitter in a Disaster–aka Tom Vanderwell & Ann Curry?
It was four days later before we heard from all of our staff - they all survived, but many of them lost family members in the earthquake. I spent quite a bit of time that night carrying on multiple conversations but one of them was with a volunteer who was sitting outside GLA’s main building … Continue reading January 12, 2010–Part 2