Lend Your Voice

Please, please consider signing the petition below that pleads for the continuation of US-Russian adoptions.  The goal is 10,000 signatures by 5pm EST tonight.  I was number 9,6.. something, so they are very close!

We Are the Truth

(Sorry, the link isn’t working for me properly, so let’s do this the old fashioned way)


So, How Was the Concert?

I’ve been meaning to post this update for oh, about two months now. Loyal readers will remember that in mid-October, David and I organized and promoted a concert here in Charlotte to benefit Jason and Shawnda’s adoption of Jeremiah.

The week leading up to the concert was a flurry of activity…contacting media outlets one more time, finalizing food details, and following up with the artists. I was so grateful for Erin’s help on Saturday…she and Ben watched the kids for about half the day and brought them to the concert, brought them back home, and put them to bed.

A couple things you should know:

  • I made a lot of beginner-type mistakes promoting this concert (for example, there were two other Christian concerts in the area the same day, as well as a NASCAR event — I was so focused on getting a date set with the venue and the performers that I didn’t check the area calendars). It was very humbling doing this…I’d never done anything like it before, and the lack of response from so many was shocking. I sent literally hundreds of emails to reporters, media outlets, people who might be interested, pastors, churches…and most of them fell on deaf ears, as far as I could see.
  • David and I lost money putting this concert on. Tickets didn’t sell as well as we’d hoped. Quick, blame it on the economy.
  • Jason and Shawnda received some money towards their adoption, which was the whole point.
  • Jason worked a booth in the foyer, raising adoption awareness, which was a total bonus (and paid eternal dividends, as you’ll read later)
  • I DIDN’T BRING MY CAMERA…oh, the humanity! The pictures below are all snatched from facebook.

A few favorite memories from that night:

Turning the corner to 36th St and seeing this…

Turning a corner inside the Neighborhood Theatre and almost physically running into Andrew Peterson, who had his arms full of CD boxes. I didn’t even know that the band had arrived yet.

Giving directions to IKEA to Andrew Osenga so he could buy a piece of a cabinet for his wife, and then listening to the other Andys do soundcheck without him because he wasn’t back yet. Andy Gullahorn on electric guitar? A rare treat. If I weren’t so impressed at the Square Pegs’ ability to play every instrument in the entire world well, I’d be annoyed.

Laura’s cake…a stroke of genius. Here’s the picture it’s based off of….

Seeing all three of the Andys taking a picture of the cake with their iPhones simultaneously.

Funny story…we got area restaurants The Penguin and Cabo Fish Taco to donate food for a pre-concert dinner for the band and some lucky guests. Despite my calls to confirm the week prior, BOTH RESTAURANTS FORGOT US. They came through in the end, though, and made good on their promises. Unfortunately the food the Penguin gave us was COLD. Not “cooled off,” but just-out-of-the-fridge COLD AS STONE. I guess they thought that we had an oven to work with? I ended up running up and down stairs, the length of the venue to a pint-sized microwave in the dressing room in order to have hot dinner to serve everyone.

Seeing Shawnda laughing in the front row with CHUBBY Jeremiah bouncing on her knee. I love that girl.


David and I sitting backstage during intermission and after the concert, getting to know these men better. I admire them and their music all the more since talking with them.

Knowing a young couple who had a sad child-related anniversary each October 17th came to the concert for a welcome distraction…and left having decided to adopt a child from Uganda. Um… ’cause that was the whole point.

Thanks to everyone of you who prayed, helped, and supported, and especially to those who came! It was a night of encouraging music, fun, laughter, and joy in our community in Charlotte.


Some links you might be interested in:

  • Pioneer Woman has a homeschooling portion to her website, did you know? She has a homeschooling contributor named Mrs. G who I love. “Free and easy” is how she describes her interaction with books today, and I think that phrase accurately represents much of her approach. She is a breath of fresh air to still-new-at-this moms like me.
  • Tim Keller is occasionally blogging now, did you know? Today’s post is called Preacher-Onlys Aren’t Good Preachers.
  • This postmodern apology slip was posted on both JT’s blog and Challies, and yet I repost it. Because it’s that true and hilarious.
  • In two days, some of my favorite artists will be coming to one of my favorite venues to benefit some of my favorite people. I feel SO blessed to be involved. If you want to know more about the adoption itself, last night Shawnda started scratching the surface with Why Uganda?

Drawn From Water

Drawn from Water from Drawn From Water on Vimeo.

(I found this via Jeremy Haskins. The group’s site is here.)

Before the Food Network, There Was JULIA

This past Wednesday, a few friends and I went to a late show of “Julie and Julia.” It was quite lovely and of course put me in the mood to do some cooking.

Also, before the movie there was this preview, which made me want to dye my hair blonde, buy a big house, and adopt ten children:


Jason and Shawnda and all of their FIVE kids are now together at home.

Look here for the pictures!