sangria time


I seriously feel like I just had my lights knocked out, and I’ve woken seeing red and dusting off my rear end.

It’s sangria time, people. Are you raising your cups? 

Seth and I can’t stop saying: we only have this one life. I’ll say it again – we only have this ONE and it’s riding like a breath on the wind, already in disintegration. So what are we doing here?

If God doesn’t shine through this spot of air He’s given me, may my computer fly to the moon, let the world wide web scramble to a fuzz, and may we meet outside weeping at each other’s necks for what we’ve been missing. 

Luke 12:48 (The Message)

 47-48“The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!

I have been given much. That is my confession today. 


Orphans and widows, God’s heart is for you, and so should ours be. Here’s to riding this breeze with His breath in our wings, the intentions of His heart moving our feet.


On Saturday night, we visited World Garden, where the owner shared his vision for business with us. We cried together. Photographs of gorgeous children line the walls. Every meal you purchase there feeds a hungry child or supports a far-away and needy farmer.

Keep your glasses lifted here!

He blessed us, the owner and his vision for service, for selflessness. We decided then to adopt and it settled into me that God’s hands could be weaving her even now. Even now, I think of her mother, and she could be thinking of me. We ate the food, no doubt laced with love more than with the nutrition that whole foods supply, and it was whole food – beautiful and cared-for piles of it, as we have here in America, in abundance. Every bite was a rich, delicious reminder of our great responsibility and of a great inherited Love. 

SO let it be that way with us! Let us enjoy this abundance, this ONE life and eat the food that multiplies to the poor. Let us do what gives us pure JOY, what serves the most High God, where he dwells in low-down places, near the broken. There is too much to gain to not eat that way, to not love because He first loved us.

Here’s to World Garden!


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Ann Kroeker
Reply January 19, 2009

Wow. Beautiful words and a beautiful tribute to someone doing something small-big. Love it. Your light shines, you point to the Father, you challenge us to less-more.

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Jane Anne
Reply January 19, 2009

I am incredibly touched by your words. If God doesn't shine through this spot of air that he's given me... That paragraph combined with the words from the message hit my heart in the right spot. Thank you. Also, wow- congratulations on your decision to adopt! Your love is a reflection of God. World Garden looks like a wonderful restaurant.

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Reply January 20, 2009

I always knew you would. You guys were made for it. :)

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kristin gray
Reply January 20, 2009

wooo hoooo!!!!!! AwEsOmE!! Not surprised one bit. God is big, and He is good. Congratulations.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
Reply January 21, 2009

Beautiful. Good grief, woman. It's a rule, no crying before 2nd cup of coffee, and ya just made me break it. The way you two speak of this place... I long for it, and I've never even been there. Does that make any sense? Like it's home?

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Reply January 21, 2009

Amber you are an amazing heart and writer. Thanks for the phone call today.


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Reply January 21, 2009

You girls, I feel like you'll be my cheerleaders through this process. It helps me know I can make it.

Aimee Fannin
Reply January 21, 2009

Hey Amber,
This place looks awesome. I will have to check it out next time I'm in NWA. I am SOOO pumped that you guys have decided to adopt. It is exciting!! We are still waiting......waiting....waiting.....but we will wait. God knows exactly the child he has for us. Have you guys decided if you are going domestic or international? Let me know if I can help in any way. Yeah God!!!

Also I am quite impressed with Seth and his ahem....."little" :) Mother Letter Project. I about fell out when I found out it was him. That is so cool! Too bad I didn't participate. I just had too much going on.

Your boys are precious! I love reading about your little love shack!

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Reply March 6, 2009

Amber/Seth - I just read the entire post and we are honored that in His place you made the decision to adopt - I had no idea. You two are beginning a wonderful journey. May the Lord bless you and give you favor in your adoption. We will continue to pray for your child(ren) and we know that He already knows their name(s). May the Lord receive all the glory!

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