My name is Tina. I live in New Mexico with my family and a house full of pets ( two dogs, one cat and one very patriotic fish called America RIP America the fish) We live with lots of baskets of laundry and sinks full of dishes and dust- heaps of dust. I clean, really I do,  but I never really catch up and after many years I’ve come to the conclusion that- this season will pass when kids are off to college – so I’ll just deal. Every day its a battle.

I am a Family Advocate for La Familia, Inc. A Statewide Non-Profit that foster and adoptive families and kiddos benefit from. The non-profit I worked for closed and I am waiting to be interviewed by the new one taking over the work I did in our area. Fingers Crossed.

Hubby and I are ex-missionaries who have a heart for the nations and the vulnerable. We are SUPER H-U-M-A-N. No not superhuman but full-on full of faults and sin and in need of all the grace. We are bio, foster and adoptive parents – so just parents – to five an ever-changing number of extremely brilliant kiddos. We advocate for foster and adoptive kiddos and their families. We are far from perfect but we are doing our best to learn this grace-filled way of living one bumpy day at a time.

It has been a hard road but we learn the most from our mistakes and Father’s grace towards us and that has pried open our hearts to give grace to others. The learning is not done. Its a long game this one is. I have words to share- lots and lots of words- to share about what is on my heart along with some knitting and other types of handmade goodness and hope- oh gosh say yes to HOPE.

Life is all about doing my best to walk in Father’s Grace for myself, for my family and the whole rest of the world. Sometimes it overwhelms me. The whole World but I am aware that it starts right here in all of our rooms, and then on our street and then well- you get the picture. It overwhelms my smallness but it is not too much for God. His Grace is more than enough for every soul. So- I’m down. I’ll have His heart, whatever that ends up meaning. I will.

Father grows us, stretches out our boundaries, makes us something new and that takes time. That kind of deep work tales Jesus, His Word, His people and sometimes that growth hurts- but it is for our good and out of His very Perfect and Holy Love. Real growth is slow growth and I reckon this kind is called ‘the working out of our salvation’. Don’t get me wrong- Jesus saved us- that work is done but we work that salvation out with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

This sounds crazy and backward to the world but it is so very Divine and beautiful if you dare to go there with Him.

Some fun facts about me: I love Jesus and my family. I have a “swear jar”. I’m not bragging about it- but I think you should know right off the bat just who it is that you are dealing with here. I also thieve the swear jar for milk money for lunches- yep that is true too. I have goals to clean up my potty mouth and to remember to send milk money. I am a mess more than a conqueror and am constantly blowing even when I blow it I get the privilege of modeling humiliation -I mean humility- and asking for forgiveness from my family and probably the neighbors too. “which is so awesome.” said in a sarcastic tone. On the lighter side, I also really appreciate knitting, books, masterpiece theater, tea, coffee, chocolate, wine, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Thank you for visiting here, it’s my hope and prayer that you might be encouraged, blessed and maybe even inspired by something you find here.

Many blessings,