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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 May 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

 

NOTE: I read and reviewed this book in June of 2015. Ms. Maddrey has given the series new covers (aren’t they lovely!) and they are on sale today and tomorrow. (Faith Departed is free, Hope Deferred and Love Defined are $0.99)

 https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/review-blitz-week-hope-deferred/

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

 

THE BLURB

Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they’re desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage.

Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

Book two in the Christian Women’s Fiction series, Hope Deferred continues the journey begun in Faith Departed. Get your copy today to walk along side these sisters and their husbands as they struggle to find a way to joy.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat—and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Hope Deferred, Elizabeth Maddrey,  Remnants, Faith Departed, Love Defined

#elizabethmaddrey, #hopedeferred, #infertility, #adoption, #longingfulfilled

 

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BLOGWORDS – 8 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – ANDI TUBBS

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – ANDI TUBBS

 

 

Hi Robin, thanks for featuring me on your blog today. With Mother’s Day just six days away I think a post about Mom’s or Motherhood is in order.

 

In 1966 I was born to a teenage mother who decided that given her age I would be better off given up for adoption. Three days after I was born my mom and dad took me home from the hospital. They were unable to have children and adoption was the way they could have a family. My brother and I always knew we were adopted, it wasn’t a secret. We knew how wanted we were. In fact my mom told me as a child that kids who were born to their parents, their parents were stuck with them, Sean and I were chosen out of a nursery full of babies.

 

My dad was active duty Navy and stationed in Guam when my mom got the call that her mother, my granny was really sick. My mom flew home to Denver to be with her and on her way she stopped in San Francisco and was greeted by my God-Parents. My God-mother, Pat, was a receptionist at a doctor’s office. The day my mom arrived a young pregnant teen had come into the office and filled out paperwork to give up the baby for adoption. My mom went to the office and filled out all the paperwork to adopt this baby who was due in April, and my mom flew on to Denver. A few weeks later Pat called my mom and told her that a young teen had just come into the office and her profile fit her and my dad better, so back to California she went. My dad wasn’t scheduled to transfer from Guam for eighteen months, but with a baby on the way it took an act of congress, letters from commanding officers and friends from their church friends to get him back stateside. While they were in Guam they had been saving to go on vacation in the Orient. Little did they know that the money they had saved would be used in a different fashion, to pay for a baby they so desperately wanted.

In 1992, when I was pregnant with last child I located and found my birth mother. I never met her face to face. We exchanged letters and pictures. She never forgot about me, she celebrated my birthday every January, and my younger half siblings knew about me. In 2013 I found out more about my birth family, my great grandparents came over from Bologna, Italy. I actually have a ship’s manifest with their names on it. My biological father’s family is of Cajun French decent and are responsible for building the Steel Magnolia house that was in the movie and is now a bed and breakfast.

I have given birth to three amazing daughters, and while I definitely understand the love that caused my birth mother, Angelina, to give me up for adoption, I can’t even imagine doing that, especially at the young age of fourteen.

 

God ordained my birth, and the adoption to my parents, which saved my life. My birth mother was being pressured by her mother to have me aborted. Abortion wasn’t legal in 1966, but she wanted the family doctor to take my life, and my very young mom said No! I am giving this baby life. I am a blessed woman to know my story and to be able to see God’s hand in my life even before I was born.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi, I’m Andi. I am first and foremost a follower of Christ. I am married to my best friend, who is great father to all of our children and grandchildren. Together we have 6 kids, and 12 grandchildren. I am an avid bookworm have been since I was 3, and I believe God has allowed certain things to happen in my life to show His steadfast love and faith.

 

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#Blogwords, New Week New Fact, #NWNF, Guest Post, Andi Tubbs, Mothers, Mother’s Day, Adoption

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WELCOME to my PARTY!!!

The month of November is a special time for me:

my second novel and sequel to

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the second in the unsavory heritage series,

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Clara Bess

will be available 30 November on Amazon

WHEEEEE!!!!!


 

GUEST POST by ANNE EVANS

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Welcome Anne!

 

 

Adoption’s a bit of a buzzword these days. Recently, I was reading a novel where adoption was mentioned. In the novel, everyone came to a party to celebrate the adoption of . . . a healthy, white, infant girl. Do you know how many families are waiting for healthy, white, infant girls? And I’m so glad they’ll experience a family’s love.

But what if a child needing a family’s love is an African-American male teen? Or a six-year-old with hearing loss from previous abuse? Whenever I think of adoption, I think about Amanda Coleen William’s beautiful song, Nobody’s Child. And just the lyrics alone are enough to break my heart every time.

 

I’m not a bad kid
I’ve done nothing wrong
But I’m a sad kid
With no place to call home . . .

 

Cause they all want a baby
Not a twelve year old girl

 

Adoption, it’s not just the babies that need a family. And family is such an important thing.

I was born the second child out of four. I think of my parents and all the time and effort and love they invested in me and continue to invest me. How could I ever be the person I am today without their investment? What chance do these kids waiting for adoption have without that thing that most of us take for granted—a family’s love?

Along with Helen Cochrane, a talented illustrator from the U.K., I wrote a children’s book about adoption, “What’s a Forever Family?” for National Adoption Month. It’s available on Amazon. The book tells the story of three children who find a forever home. It’s written from the perspective of the biological child in the family.

 

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In the U.S. this year alone over 100,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted. This year alone, over 20,000 of them will age out without ever finding a forever family. Why is no one adopting these older children?

As a licensed foster parent, I’ve spent a lot of time around people who are interested in adopting. The reasons many of them only want babies is 1. They adore the baby stage and don’t want to miss it and 2. They think a baby will be more readily molded to become like them.

Now, granted babies are adorable. But they’re also fussy, little, diaper-soiling machines who wake you up every hour all night long. Or, at least, my son was. And now that he’s fast approaching four, I’m realizing that I love his new age and stage a lot more than his infancy. Sadly, in foster care, by the time a child hits the age of four, he is looked upon as less adoptable. And by the time a child reaches six, he fast approaches the age where finding him a forever home may never happen. I want to cry every time I hear that. Six-year-olds are still so little, so precious, in need of so much love. How could anyone ever say a six-year-old is unadoptable?

As for the second reason people don’t adopt, I always have to laugh when someone says they want a baby because babies are more malleable. I have a biological son; I have biological siblings. I, or my parents, can tell you that even a child you nurtured every moment from the womb onward has a mind of his own. And if you’re thinking your biological child will turn out like you, good luck! You’ll need it.

And, in truth, though I have many dreams for my son, none of them involve him turning out just like me. I want to discover his interests and talents and help him pursue those to the best of his ability.

That’s one of the beautiful things about older child adoption. Unlike an infant who mostly needs food and snuggles, older children have well-developed personalities. When adopting an older child, you get to interact with a person who has his own thoughts, desires, and experiences. And you get to embark on the joyous discovery of getting to know that person.

I remember the day I met a girl who would become one of my best childhood friends. I was fourteen; she was sixteen. I met her the week she was adopted from overseas. She couldn’t speak my language. We just smiled and made some awkward attempts at playing sports together. Through the following weeks and months, she learned English and I tried to learn a word or two of Russian, and we started to talk. I was fascinated by her stories of life in a different country and what it felt like to live in an orphanage.

She’s an amazing mom of two children now.

I would like to adopt an older child someday and I can only imagine the process of getting to know that child will be just as mind-opening. It’s so much fun discovering an older child’s personality. They come to you with their own skills and likes and dislikes already formed, and what an amazing journey to discover who they are.

Adoption, no matter the child’s age, is a vitally important thing, yet so many children suffer for the lack of it. Nonprofit organizations have said that if every church in America adopted only one child from foster care, there would be no more waiting children.

It’s such a simple thing really, a home, a family, love, guidance. And yet for lack of it, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide suffer daily. Ever think you might want to be part of changing that cycle? Adoption from foster care is free. All you have to do is call your county agency.

 

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rem

 

“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

 

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WELCOME to my PARTY!!!

The month of November is a special time for me:

my second novel and sequel to

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the second in the unsavory heritage series,

Slide1

Clara Bess

will be available 30 November on Amazon

WHEEEEE!!!!!


ADOPTION

 

Clara Bess wasn’t raised by her birth mother. Nor was she adopted.

“Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should be. It did not read Lily Isabella Mayes.

Clara Bess was adopted.

Where, then, were the adoption papers?” (excerpted from the back-cover blurb)

 

Posts this month address children who, for whatever reason, are not raised or cared for by their birth parents. Clara Bess faces the journey of not only finding out who her birth mother was, but why she was raised with the family she knew.

 

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person’s biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation (legal relationship between parent and child) from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. (Wikipedia)

 

As I mentioned last week, I always longed to be part of a big boisterous family… Because from deep down inside my heart, that longing for the big boisterous family fed the desire to foster or adopt.

 What adoption is not: temporary care for a child or children who will likely be placed back in the home with their natural parent(s.)

What adoption is: a permanent, loving and nurturing home for a child or children when all comprehensive efforts have been unsuccessful to return the child or children to their birth parent(s.)

 

 

Many of the requirements and criteria for adopting are the same as for the foster home, the objective in both scenarios to provide a stable and nurturing environment for the child or children involved. An adopted child is accepted into a family as wholly as any natural children born to the parent(s.) They are given the same love and affection, guidance and discipline as natural-born children.

While a child may be in a foster home for a day or a year, the goal is to be reunited with the birth parent. Foster parents and the birth parents work together with the social worker to achieve this goal. An adopted child, however, is permanently part of the adoptive family; once an adoption is finalized, the parental rights of the natural parents are terminated and cannot be reinstated.

 

 

Imagine my delight to learn, after slating this series of posts, that November is

 

“Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.” http://national-adoption-month.adoption.com/

 

 

The website has resources and activities to raise awareness of adoption, and especially to educate family and friends of a decision to adopt.

 

 

 

 

 

“The [same] imperative is necessary for those considering adoption, foster care, or orphan ministry. If you want your “dream baby,” do not adopt or foster a child. Buy a cat, and make believe. If what you like is the idea of a baby who fulfills your needs and meets your expectations, a cat is the way to go. Decorate the nursery, if you’d like. Dress it up in pink and blue, and take pictures. But don’t adopt. Adopting an orphan isn’t ordering a consumer item or buying a pet. Such a mindset hurts the child, and countless other children and families who are watching your family in order to see a picture of what adoption means.”

 

 

 

Neither fostering nor adoption are “fun activities” to do with a child who elicits pity or sympathy. Both fostering and adoption are full-time, and sometimes long-term,  commitments to the well-being of a child, and cannot be taken lightly. Is it risky? Of course it is. But no less risky than any other human interaction. Is it worth it? I’d venture to say yes. Done in the right spirit and frame of mind, every bit as worthwhile—valuable and treasured—as any other relationship and human interaction.

 

 

 

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rem

 

“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.

 

Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

 

 

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http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

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https://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

#CLARABESSRELEASEDAY, #robinemason, #unsavoryheritageseries, #tessa, #cissy, #adoption, #nationaladoptionmonth, #filiation, #nurturingenvironment, #foreverfamily

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* I’ve fallen behind on some of my reviews. So this week I’m playing a bit of catch up. ENJOY!

 

BOOK REVIEW – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

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~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 ~

 

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

 

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

 

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

 

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat – and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

 

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

 

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

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About the author:

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

#elizabethmaddrey, #hopedeferred, #infertility, #adoption, #longingfulfilled

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Please give a big welcome to ANNE EVANS to my blog.

 

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rem: Welcome to my blog, Anne. Let’s start by telling us three things about yourself.

Anne Evans: I hold a master’s in counseling and am working on my license.

I’m a military spouse.

I’m the mom of a rambunctious, adorable little 3-year-old.

 

rem: You’ve got your hands full – with just the three year old!! What is your most treasured possession?
Anne Evans: My house probably. We bought a foreclosure and I painted every single room in that house as well as spackling and caulking molding, and sewing window fixtures.
rem: As an Interior Designer, I share your enthusiasm! What is your greatest fear?
Anne Evans: What people will say about me i.e. peer pressure. I’m working on having thicker skin.

 

rem: I think that’s the artist part of you – seems to be not so uncommon for us artsy peeps. What is your favorite quotation and why?

Anne Evans: Well it changes all the time. But right now it’s this quote from Danny Gokey’s song “More Than You Think I Am” which is a praise song written from the point of view of God talking to us. I love the song because it talks about how God is so much greater and loves us so much more than we could ever imagine.

“You always think I’m somewhere on a mountain top

But never think, behind bars

You’d be amazed the places that I go

To be with you, where you are.”
rem: What a great reminder that He is always with us! What do you most value in a friend?
Anne Evans: Loyalty. I always think of Proverbs 18:24a “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin . . .” NIV

rem: Without loyalty, what is there? What quality do you most admire in a woman?
Anne Evans: Strength mixed with kindness. Sorry to cheat and pick two, but I really think they go together.

 

rem: You’re allowed to pick two – it’s what’s important that is, well, important. What do you do as a hobby?
Anne Evans: Well, considering how much money I haven’t made writing I could call writing a hobby. J I also love to work out, swim, walk, and garden. As my husband can attest, the minute the sun starts shining, I’m outdoors.

 

rem: See? Now this is why we’ve hit it off so well you and I! minus the working out part….. Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?

Anne Evans: Can I just say that rabbits are way better than either? J I grew up with a mini-lop rabbit whose name is in far too many of my internet passwords for me to reveal it here.

 

rem: Sure, you can say it… LOL My kids had some wonderful story books about a lop eared rabbit. We loved those books! If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?
Anne Evans: When I was younger, I would have selected someone who had thrilling adventures in the Middle Ages or the Wild West. But after a few too many exhausting adventures as a military spouse, I have learned to value my creature comforts. So I think I’d be boring and select someone from the 21st century who has a nice mansion and electricity.
rem: Electricity does come in handy. Also running water. And I’d be happy to design a nice mansion for you!! wink wink Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

 

Anne Evans: From reading. You can’t write without reading. I also get ideas from movies and real life escapades.
rem: Silly question really, ideas are everywhere are they not? What is your Writing Routine?
Anne Evans: Help my three-year-old down the playground slide while dreaming wistfully of those days a few months ago when “Joe-Joe” used to take two-hour naps. But seriously, I really need to get back to a good writing routine.

 

rem: There’s routing and then there are priorities – I like your priorities. What are your Top Writing Tips?

Anne Evans: Fill the blank paper with words. You can always edit later.

 

rem: Good words. Tell us about your current project.

Anne Evans: I have a lot of non-fiction partial proposals out to publishers right now, so if I get a contract, I will instantly start writing and editing those. But while I wait, I’ve been playing with the idea of writing a romantic suspense. It would center around an atheist Ivy League graduate student who travels to Saudia Arabia as part of her thesis project in Arabic studies and ends up entangled in Al Qaeda. For the romance part, I’m thinking a Christian Army Ranger stationed in Yemen. Though he could be CIA. I haven’t decided yet. Just definitely not a marine. There are way too many marines in romance novels already.

 

Disclaimer: I’m an Army spouse. 😉

 

rem: As a writer I’ve come to appreciate more genres and more authors than ever before. Ivy League and Saudia Arabia has quite a ring to it. Tell us a little about your book, What’s a Foster Family?

Anne Evans: What’s a Foster Family? is the story of an only child, Alex, whose parents start fostering. The picture book is written for the 3-7 year old crowd and answers questions bio or adopted children may have if their parents start fostering. My goal with What’s a Foster Family? was to raise awareness for foster families and foster kids.

 

rem: Anne, you have some heavy and intense interests: mental health issues, domestic violence, adoption and foster care. How do you balance everything?

 

Anne Evans: Haha, is “I don’t” an answer? I’ve always had eclectic interests and I just focus on things as they come up. I absolutely cannot do everything at once and still be mom to a 3-year-old, or a sane person for that matter. An acquiring editor of a major publishing house once told me I should focus on a single subject for my blog. After she said that, I tried for about a month. Then I realized it was a hopeless cause and gave up. My favorite part of writing is the excuse to be interested in a ton of different things at once and do lots of research on them.

 

rem: Again with the priorities! Kudos to you! Tell us what piqued your interest in foster care, and your journey with that.

 

Anne Evans: The first time I knew I wanted to be a foster mom was when I was about 10 years old. A new foster mom brought a sibling set of four beautiful little preschool/toddler girls to our homeschool PE class. I spent a lot of time playing with those sweet girls and completely fell in love. Just this month my husband and I got licensed as foster parents in the state of Colorado. So we shall see what adventures God brings our way through that.

 

rem: Congratulations on your licensing! Tell us about Circling Orphans with Love.

 

Anne Evans: Over 20,000 children age out of foster care every year without ever being able to go home or be adopted. Some of the hardest to place kids are listed on public websites called “heart galleries” across the United States. I’m encouraging people to share a link to their state’s heart gallery on social media. Read more about my campaign and find links to your state’s heart gallery here: http://annegarboczievans.blogspot.com/2015/03/circling-orphans-with-love.html

 

 

Author Bio:

Anne holds a Master’s in Counseling and Bachelor’s in Classical Liberal Arts. She has had a passion for writing historical fiction ever since reading Rosemary Sutcliff’s novels as a preteen. She wrote her first full length novel at fifteen. She is a military spouse and mother to a little boy, “Joe-Joe.”

Her inspiration for Scorched Earth came from moving to the Colorado Rockies. She loves reading Christian fiction and wanted to weave a lighthearted tale about love, rivalry, and the taming of the west.

When not writing, you can find Anne reading Dr. Seuss for the 100th time, vainly attempting to potty train Joe-Joe, or working on her fixer-upper house with her husband.

 

I Had a Brain Attack—While the average American knows the symptoms of a heart attack, many don’t know the symptoms of mental health issues. Christians especially are often too quick to write off mental health as a lack of faith or be ashamed of their mental health struggles. As a mental health counselor with a Master’s from Liberty University, Anne shares about mental health in the Bible, modern advances in mental health, and how a Christian woman can bring a Biblical understanding of mental health into her and her family’s lives.

 

 foster family

 

Alex’s an only child who’s used to having Mommy and Daddy all to himself.
So when his parents start doing foster care and little Malik joins their home, Alex’s not so sure he’s happy about sharing.

 

#anneevans, #authorinterview, #WhatsAFosterFamily, #mentalhealth, #adoption, #heartgalleries

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