Category: Ariel

I’m running away

I’m running away

So we had to deal with our first real “I’m running away” scenario. We have heard it before but usually it doesn’t continue. This one did. So I helped her pack by giving her...

no matter what

no matter what

So i’m at the Refresh confrence in Redmond WA and the kids are at home. For several months i have been battleing minor depression and after 2 days away i’m feeling chill and somewhat...

Please read this post written by Marisa

Please read this post written by Marisa

http://marisaala.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/ariels-story/

Different but not unique

Different but not unique

So our family dynamic is different form a “normal” family but not unique amongst families with difficult kids. In fact we are somewhere in the middle of that group. If you have a normal...

Family of 4

Family of 4

We are officially a family of 4. My wife did a great job recounting the day so read her post here http://marisaala.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/ariel-hanna-ala-adopted-july-12-2013/ I am so happy to have a daughter and that my daughter is...

Out of town

Out of town

So last Friday, Saturday and half of Sunday Marisa was out of town and now I am in Nashville for 4 days while Marisa is at home with the kids. We had her mom...

Broken

Broken

Ariel is broken; and my heart breaks every day when I see the grief and sorrow in her little body.
Sorrow digs a well in my soul that will one day be filled with joy.

Trauma calendar is a must

Trauma calendar is a must

So Ariel is having a particularly difficult day. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason until Marisa remembered that we are on or near a trauma anniversary. Which reminded me we were going...

Statement Of Understanding

Statement Of Understanding

Her world was not loving, kind, gentle, caring, or nurturing
She was not allowed to become what God designed
She was drugged before birth, abandoned, neglected, abused, and rejected…