The evening news blared in the background as we waited for our pizza to arrive. The kids eyes were glued to the television as images of yellow tape and the police sirens flashed in the background. "Mom, what is going on? What are they talking about?" "It's about something really sad and bad that happened. Someone got killed. The news is full of so many sad and bad news like this. It is one … [Read more...] about Love Worth Following and Remembering: A Reflection on the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
There is a lot of similarities between fostering and becoming a brand new mom. I survived my first week as a brand new mom on the phone, asking for help. I had just delivered a sweet little boy through an emergency c-section and finally got settled in to our home. Many moms talked about how they hated being in the hospital, but me, I loved it. Every couple of hours someone came in to … [Read more...] about Lesson 3: How to Get and Keep the Support You Need in Fostering
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 Have you ever wondered if a storm as huge as Hurricane Harvey hit your faith, would your faith stand? What if it hit our kids' faith, will theirs stand? When our children are young, we help them build the foundation of knowing the Word of God and its … [Read more...] about PRINCIPLE 3: Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only
I will never forget the day when I encountered Jesus. On this day prayer became more than just words. With our refrigerator barren and our cupboards empty, we were without food or money. We were in a desperate place, in need of a miraculous provision. My mother gathered us to pray. She had a real faith - a genuine, childlike trust that God would answer our prayers and that we can come to him … [Read more...] about Principle 2: Pursue Real Encounters with Jesus
Hello! I'm Rebecca. Welcome to Real Life Surprises. Do you want purpose, compassion, and joy in your everyday life? Do you need help focusing on what really matters? This blog is for you. The truth is that it is so easy to get side tracked from the things that are important. So many things feel urgent. We unknowingly (and knowingly) focus away from the things that really matter because it … [Read more...] about Welcome to My Blog
*You don't want to miss the first lesson on Effective Fostering. Go to Lesson 1: Know Thy Self and be on the road to smart and effective fostering.* The telephone rang. “Please bring Johnny to the DCFS office within an hour. The court has ordered reunification.” “I'm sorry what?! I thought you recommended against reunification? I thought you thought it was really unlikely it would be … [Read more...] about Lesson 2: Get comfortable with ambiguity and ask for clarity.