Hi from Birmingham! We arrived safe and sound, but not unscathed. Those of you who have traveled internationally with children understand. Some things our kids have said so far as they take in All Things America:
“Why is the cheese orange?”
“Why does my bread taste sweet?”
“Why is my drink so big?”
“Can I have another bikkie?” (Bikkie is the Australian nickname for cookies – short for biscuits. Lucy said this in reference to a Pillsbury Grands biscuit.)
I could go on and on. While there is much to share about our transition, my blog is officially on hiatus until after the New Year so I can focus on family, settling in, and re-learning how to shop at Walmart (can we say sensory overload?). In the meantime, here are some things to keep on your radar:
-Before I left Brisbane, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Tori Walker of The Gospel Coalition Australia. We talked parenting, adoption, the gospel, and the surprise that has been my writing career. We kind of had a great time. You can listen in here.
-The Crazy Train is about to leave the station! Unhitching From the Crazy Train: Finding Rest in a World You Can’t Control, the book Julie Sparkman so graciously asked me to write with her, releases everywhere February 5. Pre-order now here , and keep checking my book page for updates as we get close to release day.
-In partnership with ARC stories, I’ll be sharing our family’s story at The Greatest Adoption: Stories of Redemption and Rescue. The event takes place at Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham on January 19 and benefits our adoption agency, Lifeline Children’s Services. You can purchase tickets here.
That’s all for now. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and may I exhort you to fight the urge to force holiday family fun onto unwilling participants, as I did last night with a Mariah Carey Christmas movie. #fail. Instead, may our eyes be on the King, who came to us in the most unexpected way, and will come again, thank goodness.