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Children are like trees

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. ~ 3 John v4

If you’re a parent – how are your trees? What have you done today to nurture and strengthen them?

In the clip below, Andrew Peterson explains the back story of and then sings his song “Planting Trees“.

The song starts at 3:55

 

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2011 in Family

 

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Cement Children

Last week our daughter commenced a new era, starting full-time primary school. Like almost every parent we mused about how quickly the time passed from when she was just a gurgling baby. The oft neglected urgency in raising children is the limited time you have to influence, shepherd and mold character. Doug Wilson illustrates it well:

In construction work, one of the good things about a concrete pour is that, no matter what, a couple hours later, you’re all done. This is also one of the really bad things about it. You don’t want to start out with a long foundation wall and wind up with a patio.

Kids are a concrete pour. The time they will spend in your home goes past a lot faster than you thought it would.

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2011 in discipleship, Family

 

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Churches supporting Adoptive Families

The specific needs of an adoptive family differ significantly from those of a biological. Yes, there are many common elements to any family, regardless of how it is formed – however if you are involved with adoption, there are many unknowns and stigmas still (wrongly) attached to adoption … This is the case whether you are willingly involved as an adoptive parent, or (possibly) unwillingly involved as an adoptee or extended family member.

Jason Kovacs from Desiring God has put forward some great suggestions to Churches and Pastors wanting to help adoptive parents.

Together for Adoption exists to help everyone understand the significance of James 1:27

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

This includes numerous links to various organisations involved with adoption support for both prospective and actual adoptive parents as well as support for adoptees. It is predominantly USA based, but provides a good international overview. For Australians, there are numerous resources available. Some are in my blog roll on the side of this blog and a few others listed below.

Australian State Government Authorities (i.e. our Adoption Agencies)
This is THE starting point for all Australian citizens adopting from within Australia, locally and internationally.

Australian Based Support Groups

Post Adoption Resource Centre

 
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Posted by on 13/03/2009 in church, Family, ministry

 

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Lets Talk About Adoption

Advert featured on Foxtel and free-to-air throughout November to support National Adoption Awareness Week. This one just happens to feature our princess!

 
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Posted by on 11/11/2008 in Family, General, Info on Adoption

 

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Every Family is Different

… and every child deserves a family!

A National Adoption Awareness Week initiative.

 
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Posted by on 11/11/2008 in Family, General, Info on Adoption

 

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NAAW Adoption Myths – Summary

National Adoption Awareness Week Adoption Myths – Summary

1 – Adopted Children are Lucky
2 – Adoptive Parents are Saints
3 – Adoption is a Second Best Option
4 – They’re Aussies Now!
5 – Adoption is Buying a Baby
6 – Celebrities Can Fast Track the Process of Adoption
7 – Adoption is About Providing Rich Infertile Couples with Children
8 – You Have to be Rich to Adopt
9 – Love is Enough in Parenting an Adopted Child
10 – Birth Mothers Get On With Their Lives after Giving a Child Up

 
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Posted by on 03/11/2008 in Family, General, Info on Adoption

 

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Adoption Myth 10 – Birth Mothers Get On With Their Lives After Giving Up a Child

National Adoption Awareness Week aims to demystify the issues around adoption, raise awareness and acknowledge all parties in adoption. Part of that aim is to dispel the “Myths of Adoption.”

Adoptive parents in Australia identified the top ten myths they have to deal with when talking with family, friends and passers-by in the shopping centre that can’t resist asking “whose child is that?”.

MYTH # 10 – Birth/Natural mothers get on with their lives after giving a child up.
FACTS -The grief of giving up a child never leaves a person.

It is easy to be so focused on the child and the adopting parents that another, critical, party is left unconsidered. In the majority cases, especially with international adoptions, no information is available on the birth parents. Much is presumed about their attitude and condition that simply isn’t fair and more often than not is  unsubstantiated.  Xinran Xue, when visiting Sydney on a book tour a few years back, vividly pointed this out, when she noted in the audience at one reception a high number of adoptive parents and Chinese children. Her, tearful, comment: “Thank you for loving our daughters“.

To assume that Chinese women, or any others (!) are flippant and uncaring about their decision to relinquish their children evidences an insular uninformed bias. It is this bias that contributes to the anti-adoption attitude in our government and community today. A bias that National Adoption Awareness Week hopes to, in part, begin to, reverse.

Wanting a Daughter Needing a Son“, by Kay Ann Johnson provides a good start point, in regard to Chinese Adoption, for those wanting to know more.

 
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Posted by on 03/11/2008 in Family, General, Info on Adoption

 

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