A glimpse into the life of a foster child. Younger teens, please ask your parents to preview this clip before watching yourself. It is fictionalized but powerful.

P.S. I just started a new job, so my postings may be more sporadic for a while. Please be patient!


Video: I Like Adoption

I found it! Last week I mentioned a video clip that was part of a series my chapel used for adult VBS this year. I couldn’t find it on YouTube, so I shared a different video. Well, yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and an adoption page I follow shared the video I originally wanted to share with you guys. Check it out!

Movie Review: Raising Izzie

Raising Izzie

“But, c’mon God, this is like our second chance.”

After their mother’s death, 14 year old Gertie Nash stepped up to fill some very large shoes. Desperate to make sure she and her little sister, Izzie, stay together, Gertie avoids entering the foster care system at all costs. She juggles paying the bills, grocery shopping, and raising Izzie around maintaining good grades at school. No one seems to suspect anything until Gertie gets a new teacher. Mrs. Freeman is determined to run a tight ship, and Gertie baffles her.

My mom and I watched this movie together while my dad and brother were away for a weekend. I wasn’t entirely sure it would be good, but it was a contemporary, Christian movie about orphans so it worth the try. And I’m so glad we did try it. We enjoyed it so much we decided to re-watch it the following night before the rent time on Amazon ran out! It was clean cut and moving. My only complaints were two low cut dresses. And if a couple discussing trying to have kids bothers you, you may blush a few times. 😉 Really, though. A tear jerker for anyone interested in a unique “contemporary American orphan” story.

Fabulous Life of a Teenager: A Video

If you’re like me, the idea of young people making a difference in our world makes you think of Alex and Brett Harris’s book, Do Hard Things. If it doesn’t, you probably haven’t read the book, and you should add the title to your reading list. Anyway, their website/blog features a video series called The Fabulous Life of a Teenger. If you’ve read the books, most of the video will sound familiar. It’s worth reviewing though, and a good encouragement for those times we feel like we can’t make a difference.

Movie Review: Safe Harbor

Doug and his wife Robbie are a well-to-do couple entering retirement. They plan to leave their country club and charity dinner life behind to travel the world in their sail boat. They hit a speed bump when a good friend and kind-hearted judge asks them for a favor. He asks them to take two juvenile delinquent boys for a few days to keep them out of county lock up. They reluctantly agree and embark on a journey far more adventurous than searching for sunken treasure.

I don’t remember where or why we got this movie, but I knew right away it would be a favorite. To make things even better, it’s based on a true story. It’s also quite clean. The movie makers manage to tell the story of four juvenile delinquents in a compelling manner without resorting to cussing. Two of the boys do flirt with some girls, and there’s a brief scene with said girls wearing bikinis. Consider yourself warned. It’s only about 30 seconds long.

Have any of you watched Safe Harbor? What did you think of it?

Movie Review: Stuck


All of these kids have families. All of these kids have homes in the US, and they have for years. And ye here they’re sitting, waiting, suffering.

International adoption is known for it’s hefty price tag and frequently long duration. Why does it take so long when so many children around the world wait for forever families? This documentary follows three families through their international adoptions, and provides a very personal look at the joys and heartaches of the process. It also provides a glimpse at international laws and treaties that cause adoptions to be held up for years with very little reason.

Yes, it’s true, I cried my way through this film not once, but twice. It’s heartbreaking to watch parents struggle against a convoluted system while loving children they can’t be with or take care of. And it’s wonderful (in a tearful sort of way ;)) to see these parents finally united with the children they have fought for. You can rent it for a week on Amazon or buy the DVD off the Both Ends Burning website. Want to know more? Read my friend Marli Renee’s blog post or watch the Stuck trailer over on the Videos page.

What do you know about the cost and time involved in international adoption? What are your opinions on the subject?