Top ten blog posts

Top ten blog posts

I’ll share my favorite blogs soon, but today’s list are my top ten favorite blog posts of 2012.   Some are from blogs I’ve been reading for a while, others are blogs I don’t normally read but stumbled across via facebook or a news article or who knows how else.  Some are funny, some are challenging, some are moving, some are informative.

In no particular order, my top ten blog posts of 2012:

10. How to Load a Dishwasher by Faith on Domestic Kingdom: A really challenging piece about the mundane things in life needing grace the most.

9. YouTube Video Date (aka 2.5 hours of free laughter) on Friday We’re in Love: A fun playlist of funny YouTube clips… some I’d never seen before.

8. If I Grew Up in Gaza on inexhaustible significance: We are really careful how we talk about events going on in the region, especially when politics are involved.  We obviously have a very different perspective living here but we feel conversations dealing with things like the bombing in Gaza are best had over a cup of coffee, not through a blog post.  But every once in a while we come across something that’s too good not to share.  This is one of those posts.

7. I Am Not a Human Pacifier on Nurshable: A sweet letter from a mama to her three week old from an attachment parenting blog I enjoy reading.

6. On Insulting Muslims on Beirut Spring: When all the violence broke out in response to the film Innocence of Muslims, many in the west were asking if the violence was truly an extreme reaction, where are all the moderate Muslims denouncing it?  Here is one (of many).

5. where is the mommy-war for the motherless child? on Rage Against the Minivan: A beautiful post on what we Mamas should be fighting for.

4. Pumpkin Patch Babies on Pinstrosity: Okay, everything on pinstrosity is just hilarious, but I crack up every single time I see this post.

3. Flat Out Segregation at Lebanese Beaches – part II on Anti Racism Movement: A video depicting the racism against domestic workers at beaches here in Lebanon.  Just one example of the rampant racism those from the Phillipines, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and many other countries face.

2. 46 Reasons My Three Year Old Might be Freaking Out on Jason Good: I think this man is spying on our life and writing about Isla.  I cried I was laughing so hard!

1. The Mom Stays in the Picture on Huff Post Blog: I cry every time I read this post.  A must read for every mom out there!

It takes a village

It takes a village

For those of you who know me at all, you know that orphan care has been a passion of mine since I was young… it’s a big reason why we are even here in Lebanon.

One of the ways of dealing with the ever-growing crisis of children without families is through adoption.  Some friends of ours are currently in the process of bringing home 10 month old Bruk.  They just received their court date and are heading to Ethiopia to cuddle their baby boy for the first time in just a few weeks.

Drew and Cassie are currently being featured on the blog Give1Save1.  Each week a new family’s adoption story is shared, and the blog readers challenged to give just one dollar to help defray the high cost of international adoption.  One dollar.  Here in Lebanon that’s a falafel sandwich, a bus ride, or 3 kilos of cucumbers.

Head on over to the blog and watch their amazingly adorable video, and then I hope you can give at least a dollar to help bring their baby home to his mama and daddy.  Of course, you can give more than a dollar, but even 1$ will get them that much closer to being an official family of 3!

In case you missed my not-so-subtle blog links…. click on the fancy shmancy button below to watch the video and give!


The Mommy Wars

The Mommy Wars

I breastfed Isla for nearly two years and hope to go at least as long with Ruby.  We use disposable diapers.  I make our own baby food and we don’t start solids until six months old.  Isla had ice cream for lunch the other day.  I baby wear.  Our babies sleep in their own beds in our room until they sleep through the night.  We sleep trained Isla when she was six months, and will do the same with Ruby if we need to.  Isla is still rear-facing in her car seat at 2.5 years.  Sometimes we give her the iPod to play with just so we can make her be quiet.

Have you labeled me yet?  Judged me for any of those choices?

If you have spent any time with any other moms lately, you know that most of these are hot-topic issues.  And if you’ve spent any time in any kind of online parenting forum, group, website or blog, you know these issues can bring out some terrible name-calling, judgments and just a lot of junk.

I’m in a breastfeeding support group on facebook.  The ladies are amazingly kind and supportive.  When I was discouraged with some feeding issues Ruby was having, they were quick to jump to my aide and encourage the mess out of me.  And yet at the same time, other posts pop up that are so judgmental and mean, tearing down other parents for the decisions that they make.

I’ll admit, I’ve made my fair share of judgments.  Even though it’s only in my mind and not something I would ever say out loud, I’ve judged.  But deep down, I know that these parents I’m secretly judging really love their kids and are doing their darndest to make the best decisions that they can for their families.  Formula vs. breast, sleep training and parenting styles are definitely not something I am willing to fight with other mamas about.  Being a mom is hard enough without having to feel like you have to defend every choice you make.

I’m sure many of you have seen this blog post already… as it currently has 29,000 likes on facebook (mine included! :))… but I wanted to post it here because it is awesome.  Powerful.  And so very true.  It’s one of those posts that you read and you go, “yes, that is exactly what I’ve been thinking but didn’t quite know it and never could have said it so well.”  If you haven’t read it yet, read it now:

“When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don’t have one.”

And then I hope you seriously consider what you can do about it.  If you are interested in an organization to support that helps at-risk kids, I have a long list of people/orgs that I am personally aware besides our own girls’ home that I’m happy to pass along! :)

an adoption story… the beginning

an adoption story… the beginning

As most of you know, orphan ministry is a passion I have had since December 1991 when I saw a video my dad took inside a Romanian orphanage. I’ve spent numerous summers working as an intern for different orphan care organizations in both Romania and India, and am looking forward to continuing to serve abandoned and abused children in Beirut. Based on my experience and countless hours of research, there is no doubt in my mind that the absolute best solution for children living in institutions around the world is adoption. Ideally, adoption within their own culture, but often nationals don’t have the resources to adopt, or adoption carries great social taboo. For these reasons and more, international adoption is often the only small glimmer of hope that many of these children have of being accepted and loved.

One of my bestest friends in the whole wide world, Katie, and her husband Steve have recently made the decision to pursue international adoption. I am absolutely thrilled for them and for the child who will one day call them Mommy and Daddy – they will be amazing parents.

Below is a video that Steve and Katie made to share their story… if you have the time (it’s about ten minutes long), I’d encourage you to watch it… you will be encouraged by their faith and trust, and their desire to bring hope to a child who has lost his. For more details on how to help them out, as well as weekly updates on the process, you can visit their blog at

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