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Emmaisms: Freddy’s Fries

Marie was cleaning out a drawer this morning and found one of Emma's old journals. I still haven't sat down and read all that we have that she wrote. Too painful, frankly. Yet, today I had to smile. 3 things I'm thankful for I'm thankful for freddy's and the freddy's...

Our Foster Care System is Failing All of Us

Providing foster care is not for feint of heart. Let's just get that out of the way right up front. The Kansas City Star's special reports on the state of foster care in our country shows us is that something is systemically wrong both in the way our culture looks at...

Earning Trust of Foster Care Children

Today's post is about earning the trust of foster care children. Because believe me, this is a completely different bag of cats than raising your own biological children. Marie and I were told this when we were getting our foster parent and adoption certification in...

The Day I Met Emma

Emma changed my life, my outlook and many of my views on just about everything. Emma set me on a course to become a better person, a better father and husband.  Emma set me on a path to become a better human being.  I write these memories as a keepsake of who I was and who Emma ignited me to become.  I write these memories to preserve the light that Emma provided.

Our Foster Care System is Failing All of Us

Our Foster Care System is Failing All of Us

Providing foster care is not for feint of heart. Let's just get that out of the way right up front. The Kansas City Star's special reports on the state of foster care in our country shows us is that something is systemically wrong both in the way our culture looks at...

Earning Trust of Foster Care Children

Earning Trust of Foster Care Children

Today's post is about earning the trust of foster care children. Because believe me, this is a completely different bag of cats than raising your own biological children. Marie and I were told this when we were getting our foster parent and adoption certification in...

Running for Kansas State Senator

Running for Kansas State Senator

My name is Chris Lengquist, Emma's father, and I am running for Kansas State Senator in District 23, Olathe, Kansas. As those of you who follow this blog know mental health has greatly impacted the lives of both myself and my family. Additionally, too many in our...

Choose Hope, Not Suicide

Choose Hope, Not Suicide

If you are reading this there is a possibility you are considering suicide. I'm here to beg you to Choose Hope, Not Suicide. Listen, I know you can give me a dozen reasons you are considering this drastic measure of ending it all. Yet before you do anything, challenge...

Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When Marie and I first talked about adopting a child out of the foster care system it never occurred to either of us, well me for sure, that we'd be taking part in a special needs adoption. I'd like to you to consider, for the sake of argument, that almost any...

In Emma’s Words

Emma believed everyone should be treated with kindness and respect.  Sure, some have a few glitches and yet everyone deserves to smile. 

Don’t take our word for it.  Give Emma a listen.

Grief Morphs and Changes

Grief Morphs and Changes

To my surprise, both my wife and I reacted unexpectedly this past Saturday when we dropped off Piper to Camp Barnabas. You see, Piper is a counselor this week with Camp Barnabas. And she has been there for both Sibling Week and more than a few times to drop off and...

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Eternal Perspective and Grief

Dr. Bruce Ewing, formerly of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, OK and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, was my first spiritual leader that I remember talking about, teaching about and living Eternal Perspective. Oh, I'm sure others probably touched on the...

Emmaisms: Freddy’s Fries

Emmaisms: Freddy’s Fries

Marie was cleaning out a drawer this morning and found one of Emma's old journals. I still haven't sat down and read all that we have that she wrote. Too painful, frankly. Yet, today I had to smile. 3 things I'm thankful for I'm thankful for freddy's and the freddy's...

Emmaisms: Singing to Emma

Emmaisms: Singing to Emma

When we first started fostering Emma and Brandon, on the road to full adoption, I discovered something quite by accident that first week of full time custody; Emma responds to music...and a tight hug.* Age wise Emma was 5. Emotionally and developmentally Emma was more...

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