The Hospital

She’s 17. In the miscarriage ward. Alone in the room full of beds with brightly colored sheets, none of them very clean. By American standards it would be a health hazard. She’s laying on the small, wire framed bed, a thin mattress holding her slight body. Barefoot and stunningly gorgeous as so many people are here. Curled up, she’s turned away from us as we gather around her bed – our own views and “rights” of privacy unknown in Zimbabwe. We’re touring this hospital to get an idea of what maternal health is like in Lupane.

This is a new facility, we’re told. One of the best. 

I can’t wrap my head around what others might be like in that case.

The nurse tells us her story while I think of all the HIPAA violations happening right now. There isn’t that level of confidentiality here – a land where the people are more group oriented in their actions than just individual ideals. Culture shock hits a little harder for me.

Zimbabwe with World Vision [Read more…]


What God Made You to Be

Hey there, this one goes out to all the sweet mamas! Go grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat for a bit ok? My name is Kara-Kae (but you can call me KK!) and I blog over at The Mom Diggity and have the honor of running Thrive Moms. I am the mama to three precious girls, ages four and under. Yeah, I have my hands quite full. I’m honored to share a little of my heart today and hope to encourage you as a mom!
Kara-Kae

[Read more…]

Spark a Fire in My Soul

Rachel from Being Made Beautiful is the creator of #12prayers on Instagram: 

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner
 From a very young age, even before I had a personal relationship with him, God began to grow my heart for adoption and foster care. As far back as I can remember, my family had an open door/heart policy for those in need. My parents consistently displayed compassion and service to those who needed love and family. It was never done through the normal avenues of formal adoption or DSS foster care, but they were clearly taking care of the orphan, the widow, the lonely, the hungry, and the misunderstood.
Again and again, through the choices they’ve made, my parents have demonstrated that God is worth losing our life (time, paycheck, home, energy) in order to truly save it. They were not perfect parents. They did not have a perfect marriage. They were not perfect Christians with a perfect theology, but they did display perfect love through deed and I can’t think of a better lesson for parents to pass on to their children. This gospel of love and mercy displayed to me sparked a desire in my heart to do the same with my life. 

[Read more…]

Our Homeschool Curriculum – 2014

That’s a super catchy title.

I looooove hearing about what curriculums families chose to homeschool with. To me – one of the best parts of homeschooling is searching for the right kind of lessons for both your teaching style and child’s learning/interests. I’ve spent a couple of months now deciding between a few. Of course the first was Five in a Row. I really like how heavily literature based they are, and we’ve used both the Five in a Row 1 and Before Five in a Row.

I also looked at Peace Hill Press, Sonlight, Abeka (I taught this at school), Memoria Press, and Oak Meadow. Each drew me in for different reasons. In the end, I kept going back to Memoria Press.

[Read more…]

Night

Every night I stay up as late as I can, until my eyes are so tired they barely stay open. Sam’s already asleep. I’m on my phone, or reading, and I just find something to do until I have to go to bed.

It’s been this way for months now. If I lay in bed long, thoughts of Kaden overwhelm me. I’ll start to cry, my nose plugs up, my eyes and face hurt. It’s awful and I hate it, so I’d rather just fall asleep right away.

When I lost the twins, my OB gave me Ambien or something to allow me to fall asleep – because the flashbacks were brutal. I took them for about a week and stopped. I’ve never been good with meds, they really affect me.

Other than my mind meds. Those work.

This time around I didn’t want anything like Ambien. I didn’t add or change anything at all. But it’s been hard. There are times I wish there was something that would just knock me out from 8-8 without any drowsy side effects.

[Read more…]