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A Lake Kahola Memory of Emma

Emma only got to visit Lake Kahola a few times.  We didn’t move in until the last weekend of September 2017 and by mid-February she was gone.  Still, in those few visits she provided me with memories to last a lifetime. Marie, Piper and Paisley (our...

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event

On April 29, 2019 I will be attending a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event at Legacy Christian Church in Overland Park, Kansas. This is part of a series of events in the "Straight Talk for Families" category that LCC puts on from time to time. We've been invited...

Adoption, Family and Joy

Make no mistake; kids change our lives. And then there is the added bonus of the joy of adoption. In our modern America family means something so much different than the black and white 1950's. Allow me to share... My son, Brandon, and his girlfriend Jenna are...

Love and Adoption

Love is a funny thing. Have you ever tried to describe it?  Songwriters and poets have been working on a unified definition of love for a couple millennia and still we have nothing concrete that we can tell our children, “Hey, you are in love when…” 1 John 4:8...

The Day I Met Emma

The Day I Met Emma

Somewhere in north Tulsa, Oklahoma in the spring of 2003 I sat in our champagne colored Nissan Quest minivan waiting for Marie to come back out of a house that I’d never seen until a few minutes earlier. In the van with me was my nine-year-old son Jake, and Brandon. ...

Your Young Adult May Be In Danger

Per the Kansas Health Institute's publication Understanding The Mental Health System in Kansas published October 2017 for a study from 2014 - 2015, a startling 9.8% of adults aged 18 - 25 years have experienced a "Major Depressive Episode in the Past Year."  Diving...

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.

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: Who Emma Was To Me

Two months ago today my world changed with a phone call.  Rather than dwell today about my loss I thought I would choose to tell you who Emma was to me.  Seems like a better use of energy. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH The Emma Lengquist Memorial Puppy...

Emmaisms: Through the Eyes of a Friend

Back on March 16, 2018 I received a message from someone that knew Emma through Inclusion Connections. I can tell you that one of my greatest joys in life is the blessing of being able to see any of my children through the eyes of another. From Aleks Kostic... "I was...

Desire to Share?

If you have a story to tell or a point to make, please contact Chris and he’ll send you submission guidelines.

We do not guarantee every submission will be included. Since we do want to turn this website into a community of advocacy for Special Needs, Adoption and Mental Health we are currently looking for contributing authors…and we’d love to hear from you.