Happy Birthday, Jack!

 photo credit: aninchofgray.blogspot.com
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“Nothing is Impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Today is Jack’s 16th Birthday! Which I imagine, means there is extra joy, laughter, and wittiness going on up above.

Our family is celebrating Jack today by being EXTRA kind and brave.  After I dropped the girls off at school, I handed out coffee to folks waiting at the bust stop.  This gave me the opportunity to share what Jack and his family have taught me about faith.  This afternoon we plan to go buy Legos and give them away to other children and families who are out shopping.  I am trusting that the people we connect with will share the tiny ripples we have to offer, and that these will converge with all of the other tiny ripples being shared in honor of Jack.  This will help to continue the unstoppable current of faith.  We have our Jack life verse on our hands and in our pockets to help : -)

If you don’t know the Whiston-Donaldson’s story, please take some time today to learn.  And then, please join us in doing something kind and brave to celebrate Jack’s birthday!  Jack’s mom, Anna, writes on her blog at an An Inch of Gray.  I recommend starting with The Bridge: One Terrible Night and Untitled.

Anna, Tim, Margaret, and everyone else so deeply affected by the loss of Jack – You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Celebrating, remembering, grieving, honoring, and holding space with and for you today…and always.

About Kristin Phoenix

daughter turned teacher turned social worker turned wife turned foster parent turned mom When people who don’t know our family story find out that we fostered and adopted the girls, we generally get one of two reactions…”I would have never known. They look just like you!” or “Oh, how beautiful.” Both of these things are 100% true – on the surface. The picture perfect, shiny, pretty surface. But, just below the surface is a whole lot of mess and brokenness. Our girls endured things that I never even read about in my textbooks. Our family endured things that go completely against the 3 philosophies of safety, permanency, and well-being that the child welfare system is in place to protect. When we have the chance to share a little bit more, the response always goes something like “but…how?!…and why?!” I believe in dreaming big. Part of my dream is a child welfare and healthcare system that would have prevented unnecessary trauma for my girls, my family, and our community. The other part is one of redemption and recovery for everyone involved in our story – which is everyone. I now believe part of why our family endured what we did is so that people would hear our story and ask the hard questions of how and why. With sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and adoption, we never truly know until we find ourselves in a position of not knowing. Because of the nature of our case, I often found myself in a position of not being able to really answer the hows and whys. I reached a point where staying silent was the only option. Now that our adoptions are finalized, it is time for me to break the silence. This blog is me daring to run after my dreams – even when I find myself out of breath (which is mostly every. single. day.) It is stories of how the collective we have lived up to the Phoenix name and are rising from the ashes to burn bright! I also currently write and edit for Social Justice Solutions
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