I Am On Your Team

If you are afraid will you step forward. If you hate your job will you still do it with your eyes to the Lord. If your child reminds you of the bully you dealt with in middle school.

|A place of great suffering and triumph|Aaron Blakeley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”602″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] It is very easy to get caught up in an, “us against them mentality” when parenting. Children who have personalities all their own who might be predisposed to grate your own can be wonderful challenges. Recently it was impressed upon me that our circumstance is not our cross to bare rather it is our attitude towards the circumstance. If you are afraid will you step forward. If you hate your job ...

Take It Personally

It is no longer fashionable to be white or male, though the idea that it could have been fashionable in the first place is a wonder.

|A Heart For Children|Aaron Blakeley

Offense is a funny thing. It has crept into every aspect of life. It is no longer fashionable to be white or male, though the idea that it could have been fashionable in the first place is a wonder. So we are offended deeply by many things always demanding that the world conforms to some easy chair style pattern for just one person. Then there are the children of such a society. Broken, hurt and ...

A Strange Mixture

A Strange Mixture

|Fatherhood|Aaron Blakeley

So it is happening, the first set of foster children we have helped are finishing their cases and going home. All have been wonderful kids that I am so thankful came to live with us for a time. Others have been more challenging than others. Out of these lives we have had an astonishing opportunity to touch, comes something new. A mixture of emotions, terribly sad and joyously relieved is a blend I am finding ...

With Small Clinched Fists

Sometimes it will be shown with those small clinched fists, white knuckled and flushed skin. Maybe there will be tears maybe there won't be.

|Children From Hard Places|Aaron Blakeley

One of the things that we often say in our house is “I love all the people here. If you pick on someone I love, then I will have to correct you.” The kids don’t always get this at first. Rage and hurts get dealt out randomly and at the point of pain for these little ones. As a parent what does this look like? Could look like many things. What I see the most ...

Unified and Unique

As the body of Christ our family is knit together in a beautiful medley of flesh and sinew, blood and bone, biological and adoptive.

|A family of many|Aaron Blakeley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”576″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Individuality and family unity go hand in hand. My oldest son is nine years old. He is currently in the foster system. He brings a dynamic to our house that is like a sine wave, lots of ups and downs. One of the frequent sticking points for him reveals itself in its purest form by a phrase he utters only in his most fearful and angry moments. “You love your real son ...