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Happy ‘Home Study #1′ Day!!!

We’re SO excited to have our friend/social worker, Beth, coming over for a visit today! It feels like the first real big step in our “paper pregnancy“, so we’re feeling really blessed to be able to spend this time with her today.

We did some laundry yesterday, and we still have to secure of couple of bookcases to the wall in our bedroom, but we were told long ago that this visit isn’t about how clean your house is, so we’re not going to stress about all the chores that still aren’t done.

Instead, we’ve decided to spend some more quiet time with each other so that we can talk about our hopes and dreams for the future, and about what kind of parents we hope and dream to be to our child. That feels like a good way to prepare for Beth’s first visit, and we can’t wait to share more about it all next week!

I started my friend Angie‘s book last night. It’s called Mended.

I scooped up two of them the other day- one for me, and one for someone reading this post! (Note: Mended is on sale for $5 at Lifeway book stores right now if you don’t win the giveaway and would like to purchase it.)

Here’s a short video of Angie talking about Mended: (Email subscribers will have to click over to The Lettered Cottage to watch.)

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win the extra copy I picked up, just leave a comment on this post between now and Monday (January 14th, 2013) at 8:00am (Central Time), and I’ll randomly select a winner after that.

Angie doesn’t know I’m blogging about her book today, (Surprise, Angie!) but like I’m sure our social worker Beth will prove to be throughout our adoption journey, she’s been such a bright light in my life and I cherish our friendship so very much.

Good luck, and thanks so much for swinging by for a visit today!


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  1. Heather says

    ooo, I would love this book for this season in my life. Thank you for a great give-away… blessings on you dear lady!

  2. says

    Goodness- I would just loooove to read Angies latest =)
    Praying that your homestudy process goes smoothly! So excited for you guys!!

  3. Rose says

    This sounds like a perfect book for me right now, and I will definitely be getting it even if I don’t win…. I’m praying your adoption process will go smoothly!

  4. Sharon Lynn Angel says

    Hi :-) I would like to win a copy of Angie’s book “Mended”…

    Praying that you know and feel The Lord’s Peace, Strength and Encouragement throughout the adoption process and always.
    God Bless You :-)

  5. Amber says

    I would love a copy of the book! And I’m enjoying following your adoption journey–God bless you!

  6. C J says

    i am certinly broken and feel mended by Christ but I’m not sure I’m letting that light inside shine through, Maybe angie can give me some ideas for that?

  7. Missy says

    Wow! Sounds like such a powerful book! Prayers to you on your journey to parenthood.

  8. Gina says

    I hadn’t even heard of her new book, but I remember when she broke the pitcher and glued it back together. I read her blog then. :) Sounds like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win. :) I’m sure your first home study will be a success!! :)

  9. says

    Wow, this video touched me. I too feel that way sometimes in my life. What an awesome way to view the broken-ness in our lives. I can’t wait to now read this book!!! Thanks for sharing

  10. says

    I hope today is great for you guys! I know how exciting it feels to be doing anything to move forward on an adoption :)

  11. says

    So glad I stopped by today! I am going to have to share your blog with some friends of mine. They have been on a journey for over a year. They are in a foster program which they are praying will lead to adopt. They were licensed in May 2011 and in October they were contacted to foster not one toddler, but two, a brother and sister!! They fully accepted what God had place in their path. So now they have two sweet beautiful children to love and care for as long as the Lord allows. It is so exciting to see the Lord work in their lives. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  12. says

    Hope your visit goes well. I have a friend who is going through the same process. Would love to win the book.

  13. says

    Things always happen for a reason. I found myself here today and saw the book Mended. I am at the very beginning of a difficult journey and the days are sad and lonely right now. Even if I am not the lucky winner, I will purchase the book. Thanks for sharing this book and video.

  14. says

    Sounds like a really good book I would enjoy reading. I thank God He gave me the desire to read! And I do a lot of it starting with His Word every morning. I pray your journey of adopting a new little one will be smooth and full of the favor of God and that you will know He has guided your every step.

  15. says

    I have to say, the video for this Book Trailer made me cry. There are so many times in my life that I feel like I too am little broken, and need mending. It’s so difficult to ask for help (especially to the Big Guy Upstairs)…I haven’t spoken to him in years, and I”m feeling like I need to. So that’s what I’m going to do. Thanks for this – I needed a good book. :)

  16. Robbin says

    It sounds like a wonderful book…and a wonderful reminder of God’s love through all our imperfections. Love your blog, Layla and Kevin. Sending prayers for you during your adoption journey. So happy for you!

  17. Karie says

    Wow! Listening to Angie really hit me hard today! I am going through my own struggles right now and what hit me at this very moment is that I am not alone! I am so blessed and thankful for everything that I have – family, friends, a good job, a roof over my head and food on the table…But even with all that there is something inside me that feels out of place and the title of the book Mending is what I am feeling…I work at a family homeless shelter in downtown Columbus, Oh and I see families struggle everyday and it is my goal to be strong so that I can help them…I am so happy for you two and the journey you are on and just having followed your blog for some time now I know that your baby will be happy and LOVED! Have a great weekend!

  18. says

    Eek! I just adore Angie (although I haven’t been so lucky as to meet her, so my adoration stems from her blog and beautiful, courageous story). I’d love to win! :)

  19. says

    “we’ve decided to spend some more quiet time with each other so that we can talk about our hopes and dreams for the future, and about what kind of parents we hope and dream to be to our child” AW… TEARS!!! I LOVE that you’re spending time that way instead of a flurry of cleaning!

  20. Sharon says

    Sounds like an amazing book, something we all need to hear. I can’t wait to read it!

  21. Amy says

    Love Angie and her willingness to shine through her brokenness. I pray I am able to do that as well. We who have wounds can become “wounded healers” when we allow Him who is the Healer to touch our wounds, heal us and then by His grace use us to help others.
    Thanks for sharing this book. I wasn’t aware of it. Whether I win it or not I plan on reading it!

  22. says

    Praying for you guys today! Its going to be great. Thanks for sharing your journey. I hope that one day I can take a similar one.

    Also, Angie’s book sounds amazing. If I don’t win then I will have to pick up a copy for myself.

  23. says

    Good luck with your visit today. If you put half the love and devotion into parenting that you put into your homes you will be wonderful parents. Also, as a mom of a toddler I can tell you that anchoring furniture to walls is a MUST :) Those little ones are stronger than they seem!

  24. Kristin H. says

    Wow, the trailer made me tear up. I’ve been feeling the brokenness in my life especially this week as I think about how my daughter would have been one year old today if we hadn’t experienced a miscarriage.

    We’re a waiting family in the adoption process and understand what you’re going through. I know your home study will go wonderfully!

    • says


      I hope it’s okay to jump in here and say you’re not alone in your journey. Your words touched me & I hope your adoption process moves swiftly. Best of luck!

  25. Sherri says

    Oh, my, that sounds so like what I’ve been going through lately! Thank you for sharing the video. It made me smile when she told about the light shining through.

  26. Angela says

    I got chills watching the short video! It sounds like a wonderful read & will be sure to pick up a copy…if I don’t win one! ;)
    Have a wonderful time today! Thoughts & prayers coming your way that this will be a smooth process for you both!

  27. Karen says

    Thank you for what I needed to hear this morning. Often I “pretend” I am not broken, forgetting what He has done for me. I try to caulk the cracks, wasting time and energy, so the world will not see me as I really am. Oh, to let Him be in charge of the mending, so His light will shine through me and give glory to the Eternal Mender!

  28. Emily R. says

    Sounds like an amazing book with a great message! Thank you for your generosity.

  29. Jewel says

    Whether I win the book or not, the video clip was just what I needed to see this morning, reminding me once again of God’s perfect timing. Thank you for sharing.

  30. says

    I already have a copy so I don’t need to be entered in the contest, but just wanted to say that I love this book! I received it for Christmas and read through the entire thing in one sitting. I am now going back and working through the devotionals each day. Angie Smith is an amazing writer, I love her blog and all of her other books too! Prayers for your adoption journey!

  31. Jan says

    Wow. Crying while I write this. Guess I’m not as “mended” as I thought! Thanks for sharing the video, God working thru others to show me that I have more work to do!

  32. Sandy A says

    Only best wishes for you and Kevin on your journey to parenthood. Thank you for generously sharing this give away with us…

  33. Julie B says

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing Angie’s book; I’d love to read it.

    Best of luck with your home visit today. I just know you’ll rock it!

  34. Judy says

    Thank you for sharing Angie’s book-“Mended”
    Praying for a calm, fun and inspiring visit with Beth. We are so fortunate to be able to follow yours and Kevin’s journey.

  35. Julia Bishop says

    Hi Layla…hopped on here from your Twitter comment. beautiful blog! Would love to read Angie’s book, thanks for this opportunity at a freebie :)

  36. Amy says

    I’d love to win Angie’s book. Her story and blog are a blessing. As are you & yours.

  37. says

    I would love a copy. We are adoptive parents as well…it’s quite a journey, but so worth it! keep moving forward

  38. angien24 says

    I just ordered her book What Women Fear and can’t wait to read it. Now I eagerly await getting this book if I don’t win it here.. Praying for you both during your “paper pregnancy”. ;D

  39. says

    Would LOVE to read that book! I love reading Angie’s blog and following her on twitter! Prayers for y’all on your adoption journey, I know you’ll be amazing parents to a super lucky child!

  40. says

    I have enjoyed reading about your journey into this awesome world of parenthood, as well as seeing your pictures via IG. I believe y’all are going to be wonderful, godly parents. And I just know the baby’s room will a sanctuary of beautiful things ;-)
    I would love to read this book!

  41. Kelley says

    I think we all have broken-ness that needs “Mending”. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book – good luck with your homestudy!

  42. Nicole says

    My daughter’s name is Angie….so I’m feelin’ pretty lucky!
    Thanks for the chance to win! Your soon to be growing family is so inspiring!

  43. Deana says

    Layla, Thank you for your post today. It couldn’t have come at a better time and to think that TLC had a calming effect on my life today. God is good!

  44. Carrie McChesney says

    I would love to have this book! And am praying for you on your adoption journey.

  45. Kathy says

    Also a calming pleasure to read your blog!!! Sending blessings your way for your “paper pregnancy”!!!

  46. Allison says

    Would love to win the book, read it and pass along to my teenage son who is battling demons of his own. Good luck today on your first visit. I just know y’all have many more blessings coming your way!

  47. Liz E. says

    You two are just the sweetest people. I’ve loved following your adoption story and hope and pray for the absolute best for you!

  48. Kelly C says

    I’ve been dying to read this book since I heard Angie speak at WOF St Paul! Prayers to you two & your social worker Beth for today’s home study.

  49. Jacquelyn says

    I love your website!!! I just started reading it yesterday. I can’t wait to roam around and see all if the great content!

  50. Stacy Grogan says

    Wow, Layla, of all the blogs that I follow, I always get the most out of yours. Thank you for doing this, for sharing your life/journey, for your stories and for sharing your friends book today. I’m ordering my kindle version now.

  51. says

    I would love to read this book and then pass it on to whoever God places on my heart. I will definitely be buying if I don’t win. Thanks so much :)

  52. Ann Brooks says

    As the Grandmother of 4 adopted children I understand what you are going through. Enjoy each day and I will pray that your search will be blessed with a child soon. (Has been 18 years since out first adoption and only 8 since out last but they all give such joy to our family).

  53. Cynthia says

    Our beautiful daughter will be 16 this May. I remember the adoption process like it was yesterday. Cherish this time while you are waiting for your precious baby. Journal everything – you will want to share the process with your little one some day. I remember being excited to know how our story would end. God has blessed us so much! I couldn’t imagine our lives without our daughter. God knew exactly who He wanted in our family and his timing is perfect. I pray for patience as you wait, but don’t ever get discouraged, God knows exactly which child He will bless you with.
    I’m excited to experience your journey with you as you blog about it. It brings make amazing memories.
    God bless you both!

  54. says

    Would love to read that book. I feel the same way – Gods light gets to shine through. We are a sum or our pieces and even broken and mended we are whole in Gods eyes. Lovely trailer.

  55. Dottie says

    I’ve frequently visited your blog and it never fails to be uplifting: a lovely blend of spirituality, friendship and DYI. Always enjoy my visits very much.. and now I have another blogger to get to know, your friend Angie. Thanks for the introduction!
    I also enjoy the fact that you’re sharing your adoption journey. Two of my nieces came into our family through adoption and we thank God, and their birth moms, for the precious gift to our family. They’ve grown now to adulthood and I can’t imagine our family without them. It was truly meant to be.

  56. Donna Lohr says

    Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it!
    Best of times today with Beth and your paper pregnancy!

  57. says

    Layla, we are also in the middle of our “paper pregnancy.” Longest labor EVER! We are waiting patiently for our baby to find us and we know that God is his/her birth mother’s guide. The homestudy will be great…and it sounds like your social worker is as wonderful as ours was! Blessings to you and Kevin on this journey!

  58. says

    Long time follower of Angie’s blog! So blessed by everything she writes! Bought this book for a special person for Christmas, but I would love to have my own copy!!

  59. Sandi says

    I got teared up when she said she saw the light coming thru the cracks! Sounds like a great book! Good luck on your adoption journey!

  60. Maureen says

    Thanks for an opportunity to read Angie’s book. It feels like something I really need to read.


  61. Krystal says

    Something about that video put me in tears. I love how the Lord can do that through other people :-) How inspiring!
    Congratulations on your 1st Home Visit :-)

  62. Julie says

    Okay Layla, I spent 15 minutes researching the book, and reading just a part of Angie’s blog (while at work ha ha) what a remarkable women. I will read this book someday soon, everyone can use some inspiration. Thank you for introducing us.(even though se doesn’t know me)

  63. Deanna says

    Wow! What a profound way of demonstrating God’s faithfulness…even though each of us is so far from perfect! Looks like a great book for just about anyone! Especially me.

  64. Hillary Nichols says

    Wow! I just watched the book preview and the Lord has been working on this very thing with me. I so want the Lord to shine through me and that the world would see Him and not me! Thank you for this giveaway!!!

  65. Anna says

    That video gave me chills, so beautiful and inspiring, Thanks for sharing and good luck with your first home study :)

  66. says

    Love the analogy of the light shining through the brokenness. That’s all of usu really, if we just let him mend us. Exciting news about the home visit, means your one step closer. Based on what I’ve seen on your blog I think you will make great and fun parents. God Bless!

  67. Angie W says

    That short video spoke volumns to me. I have to have this book because I can relate to what she’s saying. I love the story of the pitcher and how God spoke to her through that experience. I can’t wait to read Mended. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  68. Amanda says

    Praying for Angie’s family and for yours Layla… God has such a special little one that was made for you and your husband. I look forward to reading about you meeting that child.

  69. Gloria (Illinois) says

    Feeling very sad, alone, and broken; after many major surgeries, 4 failed IVF’s, and a husband who decided to leave me because of my health issues in pursuit of his own happiness has me mourning a life that could have been and never will be. It’s a very dark place that seems unsurmountable. Hanging on by a thread….. will definitely read this book and pray to be uplifted in some way.

  70. Jen G. says

    Wow — what a powerful video! I would really, really like to win this. Thanks for sharing!

  71. says

    Yay! First homestudy visit….one step closer! I love the video and concept of God shining through the broken parts of our lives. I’ve experienced that myself, and it’s such a powerful, humbling thing. So excited to follow your adoption journey! Sending love from Memphis, TN!

  72. says

    I cried throughout this entire video. And then I had to watch it again. God’s presence is so real, even through her words. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Her name sounds so familiar to me…it seems as though I have read something of hers about a baby. What a blessing it is to be mended.

  73. says

    I love the story of the pitcher… and aren’t we all at least a little bit broken? I’d love to read this, thank you for sharing, Layla. Blessings and prayers for a wonderful visit with Beth.
    xo Heidi

  74. Jennifer says

    This book sounds just like what I could use right now!
    You’re both in my thoughts and prayers for a fab home study. I know you’ll do great!

  75. Jessica says

    Can’t wait to follow you guys on your journey!
    Her book tailer has me curious…maybe I’ll have to pick this one up on my next bookstore visit!

  76. meliisa says

    You guys are going to be the greatest parents. You already ARE parents to your 4 legged babies. Your hearts are amazing, loving, and giving. How lucky is the child that is coming into your lives??!!
    No worries on your social worker visits, Not that you need to be told….. but JUST BE YOU :)
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  77. says

    I love Angie Smith and she is an amazing writer! I’ve read her two other books and I can’t wait to read this one too :)

  78. Pat says

    I heard Angie speak at the Women of Faith conference here in Mn. She spoke to thousands of women, but also, just to me. You two are blessed to call each other friends.

  79. Erin Rizzo says

    Wow, I think that so many of us can just relate to that short clip. I know I can.

  80. Jeanette says

    This would be the perfect gift for my sister who is going through a ‘broken’ period in her life right now. Thank you for such a wonderful blog, I love being part of your lives.

  81. Stacy says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have had many events in my life that have shattered me into many pieces. I am always looking for ways to continue the healing process. I’m not sure I will ever feel like I am completely healed until the day I get to see Jesus! But, life is good and He can put the pieces back together.

  82. kathy w says

    You are in my prayers through your adoption journey. Would enjoy reading this book too.

  83. Theresa says

    Many prayers for your journey ahead. Thank you for sharing it with us. Would love to read the book, looks great.

  84. says

    Good luck today!

    Thanks for the link to the book. I’m going to purchase it & also check out Angie’s blog :)

  85. says

    I can’t help but think of my daughter when I watched the trailer. I pray that God will direct your steps in the journey as parents.

  86. Vickie White says

    I would love to win a copy of Angie’s book!! It sounds like a very inspirational read!!

  87. Brittany says

    Blessings for your adoption journey. Years ago I was an adoption SW in Alabama. Amazing to see sweet angels find their forever home! I pray for you two to have peace, patience, and excitement as you prepare your hearts and home for your addition!

  88. says

    Praying for a wonderful home visit! I’ve been thinking so much about you guys these past several days. Thank you so much for including all of us readers into your personal journey!
    The book sounds wonderful!

  89. Tracey says

    I would love to win a copy. Picking up this book has been on my to-do list for weeks.

  90. Joyce Smittkamp says


  91. says

    That sounds like such a great book, I’d love to win it!

    Regarding your adoption process, we adopted two of our kids, and it is the greatest miracle in every way. The miracle of life, their biological mother’s choice, and the miracle that God chose us to give them a forever family.

    You and Kevin will be wonderful parents. It all starts with having a great desire to become a parent and then having faith that God will send you the child that needs you the most. Congratulations on your decision and good luck. You’ll be in my prayers.

  92. cynthia says

    I live very close to Canton, MI, and loved your blogs from there. I saw the mirror surrounded by wood at another HomeGoods store, and tried to tell someone the whole “new friend” story from your blog. You are a much better communicator than I am!!

  93. Julie says

    The book sounds very good. I love to see how God reveals Himself to us….usually not in a way we expect. Thank you

  94. Bethany says

    Would love to read this book! Have enjoyed your site as I discovered it a year ago and couldn’t stop following…blessings…

  95. Andrea says

    What beautiful imagery…God shining His light through our brokenness. I would love to read this story. Praying for you in your journey to parenthood.

  96. Norma says

    I would love to win this book. I will gladly pass it on to be read by someone else when I finish it if I win.

  97. Sonya says

    Wow, I love how God loves to shine through our brokenness. Looks like a great book!!!

  98. Jean S. says

    Honest, Beautiful, Journey of Discovery.
    I’ve been following your blog for about 10 months now, and like it because it’s comforting to read.
    Thank you.

  99. says

    Thank you so much for sharing about this book! I have always worked in ministry, (from directing a miscarriage/stillbirth ministry) to most recently, campus ministry. Just from watching the brief trailer, this book sounds like it has a beautiful healing message to offer. Thanks again for sharing about it!

  100. says

    Layla & Kevin: Please enter my name for the giveaway. The book reminds me of your kitty & the healed leg. Love you two & know you’ll be great parents

  101. says

    Very cool that y’all chose time together over little tasks. The moments, not the mess is one hard lesson I’ve taken away from our first year as parents. Praying for your hearts during this process.

  102. Tina says

    Oh goodness, I have felt this same way so many times and God has mended me again and again. I would love to read Angie’s book.

  103. Barbara says

    Unlike objects in our home, I believe people are more beautiful after they are mended.

  104. Karen Davis says

    I would love to read this book, you and your husband are adorable, and really going thru a “growing season”, thanks for taking us all along along on your journy. Sincerely Karen

  105. Carol Cutler says

    Sounds like a wonderful, healing book! Something I need in my life, a continuing process….

  106. says

    That a beautiful picture of God’s work in our lives, would love to read this book. Thanks for the offering. Praying for you both in all your adoption process. It is worth it. We have a beautiful granddaughter from China, she is a blessing in our family, a life mended from brokeness that was her early infancy. Blessings, Linda

  107. Kim e says

    This looks like a great book…a topic I can relate to! Thank you for the opportunity.

  108. Jennifer says

    Thank you for taking the time to share parts of your life with us readers! I hope that you continue to share your journey through the adoption process. I enjoy following along while taking notes and cheering you on! I wish you all of the best during your home study!
    PS: I would love to win a copy of Angie’s book!

  109. Jane Meeker says

    Ooh I like all the books your have reviewed on your website!
    Can’t wait to read this one too. xo

  110. Dinah Reaves says

    I would love the book! Due to sickness I am praying God will mend me physically and spiritually. I pray the adoption process goes fast for you. You have the sweetest spirit and would make a wonderful Mom.

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  112. Teresa Vanselow says

    I watched the video and really want to read the book. Thank’s for the opportunity to win it. I’m sure your home visit went well today.

  113. Kari says

    So happy for you and your adoption adventure. God is so very good…all the time.

    Thanks also for helping me on my journey today. He’s been leading me down different paths…for different lessons and different reasons…and I’m enjoying the ride. Today, he spoke to me through you by your letting us know about the Mended book for $5 at Lifeway. I had been wanting to read it but had put it on the “backburner.” After reading your post I ran there to pick one up tonight…and lo and behold…there on the shelf…was ONE lonely Mended book left…for me….just for me. I think He was telling me that now is the the time to get to it.

    Thank you! It’s so fun to see how God connects us all to help each other…even if it’s something as simple as a great price on a book that is going to bless lives. Can’t wait to hear Him speak through the book. Thanks for being the messenger!

    Have a great weekend!

  114. says

    Enjoy each minute of this adventure! It will go by so fast and one day your daughter or son will be in college and you will be wondering where the years went.
    I would love this book. I am mentoring a young gal in my church and I think this would help me understand her and help her to see that God isn’t finished with her or me, now,,,,, or ever!

  115. Nancy B says

    I want Angie to know that her words introducing the book profounding ‘spoke’ to me and lifted my own heart. I cannot wait to read it. I also want to wish you and Kevin all blessings on your journey of getting your baby. I have followed your blog for some time and know you will make amazing parents. (Thanks for posting Angie’s book!)

  116. says

    Praying for you both as you journey to become wonderful parents. Would love to have a great read like Mended.

  117. says

    I can totally relate to Angie’s comment that God shines through our brokenness. The day before my 60th birthday I was diagnosed with and agressive form of breast cancer. This year of trials, surgery, chemo and radiation have reinforced what I already knew: God is made strong in my weakness.

  118. Helen Smith says

    I know I am surely broken. I want to believe that God
    Loves me and wants to heal me… But He has never spoken to me.
    He has been silent.

  119. says

    Layla, THANK YOU for sharing the video promo for “Mended!” It is so beautiful and has left me in good chills and tears in my eyes. I am looking forward to reading it. I want to also tell you that you are in my prayers as you go through the journey towards adoption. What a wonderful blessing and journey!

  120. says

    I love the phrase “paper pregnancy.” I’ve never heard it before and may find a way to use it myself! :) I do know the blessings of adoption journeys firsthand (we have two of them ourselves that I never tire of telling or thinking about …) and I pray you sense God’s peace and faithfulness all through yours.

  121. Ginger says

    I would love to win this book! If not, I’d like to get it. It reminds me of when my daughter purchased a bird statuary for me and broke it before she gave it to me. She painstakingly glued all of the pieces back together and gave it to me. Ordinarily, I am not one to keep anything even chipped, but this has always been special to me. Our lives are not perfect, but they can be mended. I hope that everything went well for you today and that your adoption journey will go smoothly.

  122. says

    Wow. I watched the video and ended up w/ goosebumps and a healthy dose of tears welling up in my eyes. I think about my own life and where I’ve come from, and the direction I go to, hopefully a stronger person with each step.

  123. Heather's Hodgepodge says

    I love it when bloggers write books! Congrats on another step towards completing your dream!

  124. Patty Foltz says

    Sounds so wonderfully encouraging………..amazing inspiration.
    I can’t wait to read it.

    Thank you for sharing :-)

  125. Lynn M says

    Ooh, there’s someone that we know that could really use Mended. I love the part where she talked about the light coming through the cracks. Lovely.

  126. says

    I too have been through the home study process on my journey to adoption. And I too feel I live a life through the prism of many broken pieces. Thankfor the chance to win such a gracious story .Peace and blessings to you both in your journey.

  127. says

    Love what Angie said about the Light being able to shine through the broken pieces because they don’t fit back together perfectly. If we were perfect we would have no need Of Him. What a wonderful thing to think about. Thanks for sharing this today. I needed it.

  128. Nedra says

    This sounds like an awesome book. Good luck as you walk down the path of becoming a parent. There is nothing like the blessing that a child brings into your life

  129. Lisa S. says

    I LOVE Angie! Have followed her blog for years, she has a wonderful heart. And her writing is wonderful!

  130. says

    I think coming to terms with your past is one of the most difficult parts of our journey. I know I still struggle with it daily but what a beautiful way to describe our “brokeness”. I would be honored to win this book.

  131. Kelly says

    I’m pretty sure Angie was on a women’s
    Lifeway devotions CD I got for Christmas- I really like her! If that’s her home in the video- we need a tour via your blog :)

  132. Kim says

    Good luck with your home visit. I just know you’ll be shining stars! And I’d love to win “Mended”!

    Thanks for the opportunity

  133. U Rick says

    Be sure to discuss teaching your child how to fish! If you need assistance, you know I’m available!

  134. JENNIFER says

    My family and my life is so broken, trying to get back on the right path and soak my everything in the lord…. Sounds like a book to help me in that journey…. I would really like this book, feels like it is what’s calling to me now.. thank you for the giveaway.

  135. Leslie says

    I stopped by your site this morning and was curious about the broken pitcher…needless to say the answer I found brought tears to my eyes. I think we all are broken pitchers. However, I feel sometimes we are ashamed of our broken pieces and try to pass ourselves off as being shiny and new to the world. When faced with the true reality that I too am broken, it brought me to instant tears. Thank you so much for putting her video on your site.

  136. Becky says

    Oh I love Angie! God has used her book “What Women Fear” to shed light on things I had been harboring, that I had no idea I was. Thankful for Godly ladies like you both! Praising God on your “paper pregnancy.” :0) My husband and I have just finally said “yes, Lord” to His calling on our lives to adopt. We always thought we “couldn’t afford it.” Truth is, we can’t afford not to!!

  137. Tami Bator says

    Wow! How timely was your blog post! Lately, out of nowhere, I’ve been beating myself up for my past mistakes as a mother and a woman and it makes me cry when I recall all of my shortcomings. Angie’s video made me cry and prompted me to order her book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing Layla. Once again, your blog has been a blessing to this new follower.

  138. Jill P says

    Sounds great…thanks for the chance to win! And many prayers for your beautiful journey!

  139. Sandi Samms says

    I am so excited about your adoption journey. I see Jesus in you two and I know He is watching over this entire process.

    The trailer for this book reminds me of my niece-by-marriage, Tammie Head. She has written a Bible study, “Duty or Delight” and is currently writing a book of her testimony. She is so on fire for Jesus and has lived through so MANY broken pieces of her life to be radically redeemed.

  140. Lindsey Eckert says

    I am so excited for the journey you are on! I also love reading anything Angie has done…thanks for the chance to win this book!

  141. Donnetta says

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. We are inspired by your dreams and actions. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family as you take this incredible journey.

    I would love to read Angie Smith’s story.

  142. KimN says

    would love to read Angie’s book…. need to read Angie’s book. Dont have any Lifeway’s in CT!!

  143. says

    thanks for sharing. if i do not win, i will definitely be purchasing this. the trailer made me cry. it is exactly how i feel TODAY. i feel that my life has taken me down some really rough paths, especially this week, and i know that there is a reason god puts us where we need to be.
    good luck w/your adoption journey! thank you for sharing your story! xoxoxo

  144. Harmony says

    Just what I needed to see today (the book trailer). I would love to win a copy but will buy it if I don’t. Have a Blessed day Ms.Layla!

  145. elaine says

    Sounds great! We all have been broken and I’m sure this book would be an encouragment to all. Great analogy! Layla and Kevin I am so happy for you both. Parenting is a wonderful journey and I know God will place with you just the right one who needs you and who you need. So happy for you….

  146. Inger-anne says

    I just recently discovered your blog and I love what you do. I would love to win the book, but if I do, you will need some extra postage since I live in Norway…..! Good luck with the adoption!

  147. Jessica barrow says

    Looks good. If I can’t win the book I’ll definitely have to go buy it!

  148. Kim says

    I know y’all don’t know me, but I am saying prayers for you and Kev for a successful adoption journey. God will bless you with the perfect child at the perfect moment. Good luck with everything and thank you for sharing bits of y’alls life with the bloggy world.

  149. nancy says

    Thanks for sharing your lives with us. Praying for you. This looks like a great book.

  150. Terry says

    That image of light shining out from a broken vase or pitcher has always been one of my favorites. I’d love to win a copy of that book! Praying for you during your adoption process!

  151. says

    It sounds like a wonderful journey you are on and I can’t wait to hear about it!

    This book sounds wonderful, and Iwould lOVE to read it!

  152. Dawn Ekblaw says

    As a mother of three domestically adopted children…who we have endearingly named the 3E’s…they are all true blessings from heaven for us.
    If I may make these few suggestions that I/we have experienced during our adoption journey…this journey may be exciting, yet emotionally exhausting; there may be times it appears that a baby will never come your way—but just lean on God–He knows best; stay strong as a loving couple; and things work on God’s time.
    Best Wishes!

  153. says

    I am rather new to your blog… and I’m glad I’m joining you near the beginning of your adoption journey!! :)

    This book also sounds awesome!

  154. Jeannine Larocque says

    Blessings from a Canadian friend to you and all here. So excited for your journey as parents. “Mended” sounds like a profound read :)

  155. Heather says

    I love Angie’s books! Can’t wait to read Mended! Would be thrilled to win, otherwise thanks for passing along the sale info! :)

  156. Lyndsay says

    Best wishes with your adoption. After having 3 children of my own, I have been feeling a strong desire to adopt, so I’ll be watching your process closely.
    Would love to win a copy of Mended, but will probably purchase a copy anyway!

  157. DeniseP says

    This book sounds like some needed inspiration! Blessings to you on your adoption process …

  158. says

    Thanks for being so thoughtful to pick up two books and give one away!
    I have a few friends who have recently adopted little ones from Ukraine. What a blessing adoption is – to the forever families and to the little ones.
    Praying for you as you go through your adoption journey.

  159. Dawn says

    Good luck with your visit. I know you will do just fine. I haven’t experienced a visit from someone as I prepare for an adoption but I would think it is far better to be in touch with reality (like laundry waiting for you) than to appear perfect.

  160. Teresa Minton says

    Sounds like a very good read and an inspiration. Many prayers and blessings as you add to your family.

  161. says

    Just watching that trailer of Angie talking about the book, I feel like I can totally relate to her and the journey her life has taken her on. Her book is one I definitely need to own. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  162. Lynette says

    I have this book on my “To read” list. I loved “I Will Carry You” and am currently reading “What Women Fear”.

  163. Stephanie says

    I heard Angie speak last year at Women of Faith and was so touched by her story. I would love to read the book! BTW, love your blog too! :)

  164. Heidi DeJong says

    I began following your blog last fall sometime, and thought it was mainly an interior decorating type blog. What a wonderful surprise it has been, feeling like I have been completely drawn in to your lives and a witness to what God is doing for you. I’ve never met you, but find myself praying for your adoption. :) Isn’t life amazing! Thanks for your inspiration – you have not only inspired me to make my home “homier” (is that a word?) but to trust God more fully and enjoy the journey!

  165. Jennifer says

    This book sounds so great. Thanks for the chance to win it and good luck with the home visit!

  166. says

    That is how I feel regret so many times. Feel like this could be a book to help heal. Would love to read it.

  167. Siobhan says

    Thanks for sharing about this book. I have it on my list of books to look for. Each of us can relate to the image presented, in our own way. What a gift an author is given to put those thoughts, feelings, and relationship with God into words to help others.

  168. Valerie says

    Sounds like a great read – been in and out of seasons in my life when I don’t let Christ shine through. It is always encouraging to hear about other people’s journeys. I enjoy your blog – you are a bright spot because you are genuine and heartfelt – thank you!

  169. Karie W says

    Oh this book would be perfect for me to read. I am in real need of help right now.

  170. Treesha Moore says

    I have watched the video clip 5 or 6 times so far. What a beautiful message that we all need to hear. Thank you for the chance to read your friends book. I need mending.

  171. says

    I would love a copy of that book, I think I may have just made it in on the deadline for commenting! Thanks for the contest–fun! :)

  172. Ally says

    Prayers for your journey! Adoption is SUCH a HUGE blessing! (For BOTH parties!) ;)
    This sounds like an awesome book!

  173. BrendaS says

    What a beautiful thought. His light shines through our brokenness! I’d love to read this book!

  174. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    There is going to be a run on this book, for sure……we are all hoping to be winners!

    BTW, I am going back to the post on Katie’s Spaghetti. I wonder how many have tried it and if it was a huge hit. I am making it tonight! I hope you will share some more fav recipes with us.

  175. venita says

    I always love a good book! I hope your dream of becoming a mother comes soon–you and Kevin seem very ready! Exciting time in your life and for the little person out there somewhere who doesn’t even have a clue about how wonderful their life is going to become.