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Okayest Mom: When God's Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family

Okayest Mom: When God's Plan of Adoption Doubled My Family

by Natalie Gwyn, Ryan Hall

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Natalie Gwyn uses humor to brilliantly capture how God led and helped this mother of two to adopt four children from Ethiopia and successfully bond her blended family.

A happy, working wife, already birth mother of two healthy young children -- a boy and a girl -- doubled the size of her family by adopting four Ethiopian children. Why?
Her answer: "God."

Popular blogger Natalie Gwyn has been cited widely for her candid, insightful, often humorous writing on cross-cultural adoptive Christian families (which number more than 4 million). HuffPo has linked to her controversial posts and celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford have quoted and pictured her on social media. Here Natalie tells her whole mom story, including the only-God-could-do-this backstory.

Her lighthearted narrative begins with the nudge of God toward the uncomfortable. She and her husband are almost certain they have misunderstood what the Almighty is asking of them, and with self-deprecating humor Natalie allows readers a glimpse into the process by which this already imperfect mom agreed to transnational, transracial adoption of more children than she already has.

Natalie then takes the reader on her family's adventure to Ethiopia to legally adopt the three siblings God has chosen to add to their family. With the skill of a detective novelist, she reveals their discovery of a fourth sibling, their critical decision not to leave this child behind, and their harrowing quest to find, woo and legally adopt her, too.

Similar to the laugh-out-loud humor of books on blended step-families, Natalie shares the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen scenes of this adoptive family's huge adjustments. She brilliantly captures each child's and each parent's perspective and, in doing so, reveals God in their midst.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478992493
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 819,775
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Natalie Gwyn is a working wife and mother of six who lives in northern California. To keep from hiding in her closet, she writes what has become a very popular blog.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ryan Hall vii

1 Sticky 1

2 Shukriya Means "Peace" 10

3 Broken Plans, Broken People 16

4 I Like Big Buts 25

5 Submitted Vessels 36

6 Okayest Mom 45

7 Permanent 54

8 Shukriya's Prayers 68

9 He Calls Us by Name 72

10 Into the Storm 82

11 Priceless 94

12 <3 U 4Ever 102

13 Labor Pains 110

14 "I Choose You" 117

15 "Togetherising" 125

16 "TIA" 135

17 Colored 144

18 Shukriya's Pain 154

19 Never Say Good-Bye 158

20 The Battle of Letting Go 170

21 The Space between Us 180

22 Perspective 192

23 Relearning How to Parent 200

24 Whispers of Love 214

25 The Promised Land 226

26 Shukriya's Praise 232

27 Redeemed 236

Acknowledgments 243

About the Author 245

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