Glitches and Smiles

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.

Emmaisms: Selling girl scout cookies

I'll never forget the day that Emma decided we were going to go out and sell Girl Scout cookies. Emma had very recently joined the Girl Scouts and as it turned out she would only last in the organization about 8-10 months. But that's another story. Emma had heard she...

Our past, our future and who we choose to be

A recurring theme when I talk to people is the regrets they hold close. Regrets are a funny thing. They are not always labeled "regrets." Sometimes they are "I wish I woulda... this" or "I wish I wouldn't have... that." Let me ask you a question; What exactly can we...

A Tumbleweed’s Life

Blows Blowing BlownFrom here to thereand on again Thoughts I controlDestination belongs to the wind Through open fieldsbarbed wire fencesFrogger with carsSettling in the waterS i n k i n g Thoughts I controlDestination... and outcome...belong to the...

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.

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...

Considering Foster Care

Considering Foster Care

At a family after-Christmas celebration in Missouri I had a chance to interview my sister-in-law regarding her thoughts as a CASA Executive Director. Here is what she'd like to say to anyone considering foster care. Q: What is it you really want prospective foster...

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...

Merry Christmas Emma

Merry Christmas Emma

Merry Christmas, Emma. You are missed. You are loved.Merry Christmas, Emma. You still amaze me.Merry Christmas, Emma. What's He really like?Merry Christmas, Emma. Smile. Relax. Celebrate. You are missed. You are loved.Our house has memories of Emma everywhere. My...

Our Loved Ones Live on Through Us

Life is energy. Energy is life.  Perhaps this is how our loved ones live on through us.  I am a believer in the Holy Trinity.  And what about our souls? Are our souls energy? This post isn't to go deep in to the theology of it all.  This post is to wonder that, no, to...

Thankful Living

I believe in Thankful Living.  Why?  Because Thankfulness is a state of mind.  If I'm not counting my blessings then what am I focusing on? Dianna Kokoszka teaches us in her KW BOLD training that "What we focus on expands."  When all we concentrate on is the problem...

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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