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Hope for the Adoption Journey - Read "Lessons I Learned as an Adopted Daughter" in Print Now!

Dear friends, I am so excited to share the news with you that my book chapter "Lessons I Learned as an Adopted Daughter," is now in print! (You can order it on Amazon HERE).


My chapter is one of over twenty stories in Hope for the Adoption Journey; 28 Stories to Comfort and Encouraged, compiled by Katherine Piper. It has been a privilege and honor to be included in this project. Most of the stories included are from adoptive mothers, but there are a few, like mine, that are from different perspectives in the adoption community. 
My chapter focuses on exactly what the title suggests: lessons I've learned growing up as an adopted daughter and sister to other special-needs siblings. I believe that my parents have raised me with a different perspective on many issues adopted children face, such as: questions of identity, birth family, dealing with trauma and more. It has given me complete freedom from the struggles commonly faced by adopted kids. This freedom, rooted by an ide…
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After the Interview: I FOUND My Birth Mom - and Extended Family!

Yes, dear friends, it is true! Only a few hours after I did the interview with Maria on Saturday, she was able to find my birth mom by searching social media. <3I only found out the news on Sunday afternoon, when Maria told me she had some "updates" and wanted to share them with me. Little did I know, she had been talking to my mom, learning the story of my adoption from the side of my biological family! I was shocked, but it was soon apparent, it was true! My adoptive parents and I were all so happy to hear this amazing news! My parents, Brian and Stephanie, have always been very open about my adoption. To be able to talk to my birth mom and tell her we have prayed for her all these years: "I love you, I have a good life. Thank you for giving me life. I don't have questions I need answered. I don't blame you - I don't even see anything to forgive," is an opportunity no words describe. Getting to video call her, and meet my mom, her husband (Papa) a…

A Special Interview - I Talk About Russian Language, Culture, and My Birth Parents - In Russian!

This week, my Russian Teaching Assistant at Bucknell asked me to take part in a very special project. Maria has been my TA at Bucknell University for two years and not only is she a great teacher, I am glad to say I have a wonderful friend in her as well. Maria wanted to interview me in Russian for her YouTube channel and ask me about my experience as an American student, my process learning Russian, my favorite Russian movies...and why I have a Russian name, if I am American! 

As a part of this video, I had the opportunity to talk about my adoption and my Russian birth parents! This is a unique opportunity, as the video is going to a primarily Russian audience. Though it doesn't have subtitles, I hope you will watch here and then share it!

Whatever the results of this project and my search, my hope is this: 

I want my Russian mom and dad to know that they will always hold a very special place in my heart. I am not angry at them, for giving me up for adoption and I do not blame them …

Ben-Hur Drinks Water from Jesus - A Deeply Moving Moment from "Ben Hur" (1959)

I recently came across the popular film Ben-Hur (Charleton Heston, 1959). I had heard of the story since I was young, but until I saw the film, didn't know anything about the plot. When I watched the movie, I fell in love with the Biblical setting and most of all, the journey to forgiveness and redemption through suffering. 


The Epic History of Ben-Hur: Today, many people know commonly know the story of Ben-Hur from Heston's emotional performance as the Jewish prince sold into slavery, who returns seeking revenge. However, the original story goes back much further. The book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ was published in the 1800s, by the Civil War General, Lew Wallace. Doing some research, I found that when he began writing Ben-Hur he was not influenced by religion in any way. In fact, the original story Wallace had in mind was that of a friendship and betrayal between a Jewish boy and his Roman friend, but didn't include the second part of his title: A Tale of Christ. 

Only af…

500 Red Pockets for Junjun and Aipei

Update: We got our very first red pocket note in already! Don't wait to join the fun! Announcing: 500 RED POCKETS FOR JUNJUN & AIPEI!
Hey, everyone! Sasha here, with some friends at Bucknell. Check out the project we are starting, to spread the excitement of Hope (Junjun) and Brittan (Aipei) coming home! It's an easy, quick, and fun way to participate in a Chinese New Year tradition and way to show the girls how many people are glad they are coming home! Ready? Three Easy Steps: 1. Write a short note
2. Email the note to one of us leading the project (listed on the flyer) OR if you are local, put it in a red pocket yourself and return it to us!
3. Tell your friends and help us reach our goal of 500 pockets by the end of the semester! That's it!😃 GO! **Red pockets will become available on Monday, but you can write your note now**
See the flyer for the backstory and this post here.


















Ting Ministries Adoption Update: Guest Post from Adeye Salem

COURAGEOUS FAITH Guest post from our friend and a fellow adoptive mother Adeye Salem. (Click on the heading to go to Adeye's original post on her blog). This original post is also available to view on Ting Ministries here.Thank you, Adeye! ********************************************************************* During the more than ten years that I have had this blog, one of the sweetest blessings for me has been the incredible people who I have met along the way. They’re the families that remind me that a surrendered life is truly the only way to live. They’re the precious families that I have seen choose the road less travelled–and walk it out with so much grace, love and abandonment. Easy? Never! Worth it? Always!  I am so grateful for the families that have always been such a sweet reminder to me that giving God everything that we have and everything that we are is a life I long to live. Several years ago I connected with Stephanie–a fellow adoptive mom who, like us, had opened h…

Ting Ministries: Help Safiya Go to University!

I have a special Ting Ministries update to share with you today! Some of you have been following the story of our TM Pakistani family (see link in Ting Ministries' post below).

Safiya, the oldest daughter in this family, has been praying for the opportunity to continue her higher education and go to university in Pakistan. She wants to be doctor! As a fellow university student, here in the US, I am familiar with the exorbitant costs associated with higher education. At Bucknell, the tuition is upwards of $60, 000 per year. I am thankful for the endowment of the university and scholarship opportunities that have allowed me to pursue my majors in Creative Writing and Russian studies here. 

Safiya did research on different programs in Pakistan to pursue her goal of becoming a doctor. The annual cost is far below standard costs for a liberal arts education here in the US. 

It will only cost Safia $1,700/year or a total of $6,800 to complete the four year program and become a doctor! That…