The Cork Board

A photography-dabbling, primal-eating, black-belt seeking, housework-hating, triathlon-trying, homeschooling, grace-needing mom's attempt to capture life as it happens with 6 kids from all over the globe.

What I Learned from Adopting Teenagers

I wanted to publish a post like this on Monday (Airplane Day for John and Kayla), but I was had been waiting all night in the ER for...more

Foto Flashback Friday

Mia’s 9th Birthday. 2014 ....more

Love Through the Eyes of an Adoptive Mom

1 Corinthians 1If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. (MSG) “Creaking of a rusty gate” –annoying, abrasive, rubbed the wrong way. Never take your paradigm for granted ....more

A Classical, Non-Leveled Spelling Curriculum

We started our classical education journey at a small, local, private school. When we started homeschooling, we joined a local Classical Conversations community, and now we’ll be starting a new classical community, using memory work from Claritas...more

Foto Flashback Friday

If I was more on top of life, I would have posted this closer to July 4th. Oh well. Last spring, we were welcoming a friend home from Ethiopia and decided to swing by the Lincoln Memorial ....more

Foto Flashback Friday

The garden has sadly gotten little attention since we opened Cafe Tesfa. The first summer the big kids were home (2013), we let them each plant one of our raised beds. Both big girls grew sweet potatoes (which if you’re going to eat a carb, choose this one) ....more

Our Summer Safety Plan

Three years ago, we were jumping through hoops, ripping through red tape, and fighting for the right to bring home our sixth child (now 14). Apparently bringing home 3 unrelated adolescents through international adoption is frowned upon. We understood why, but keeping the connection between her and our son, because they were raised together, seemed worth jumping off the cliff of tradition and solid wisdom ....more

A Year of Tesfa

July 1 was our one year anniversary as coffee shop owners. Cafe Tesfa started as a pipe dream. We always loved the charm of local coffee shops and frequented many as college students ....more

Relationship and Reconciliation

The end of our pastor’s sermon yesterday really challenged me. You can listen to it here. It’s the one based on...more

With | Women’s Ministry Re-imagined

Last Friday, I was sitting in the 3rd row of a suburban...more