Adoption, Vulnerable Children

In the last 10 years, there have been approximately 750 Latvian children adopted by families in the United States.  (U.S. State Department)  One of these is my own daughter.  She’s more than just a number, though.  She’s a sister, a daughter, a friend.  She is smart and funny and kind.  She is pursuing higher education

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Adoption, Supporting Families

The phrase, “Kids say the darndest things,” is usually followed by some pretty hilarious tales that leave some listeners laughing while others are flush with embarrassment. Children are naturally inquisitive. Therefore, we tend to expect their brutal honesty and awkwardly timed questions. As adults, we too are faced with new situations and experiences that are

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Adoption, Hosting

I will never forget the moment I first saw Aleksandra in her orphanage in 2007. While her bright smile and auburn hair were the first things I noticed, it didn’t take long to sense there was a special light inside her. One of the amazing things about God is how and when He connects our

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Cultural, Vulnerable Children

As we gear up to celebrate the 4th of July in America and are in full swing of our summer vacation, my heart is burdened for the many children around the world whose lives look very different from many of ours.  I am particularly raw when I think about the children I have met and

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Cultural

The post below has been provided by two Project 143 alumni, Karina and Nadia.  Both are now Latvian-American and we are so grateful for their insight into Latvian Name Days. The name we get from our parents is one of the most personal ‘things’ we have. Our name distinguishes us from other people, and, in many

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Adoption, Vulnerable Children

I am a night owl.  Every night I am up late catching up on computer work and soaking in the quiet time that it affords me.  As I sat on my couch in Southeast Iowa in the Spring of 2013, I stumbled upon a picture of a boy with a hosting group.  His description said,

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