2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Attractions in 2013…

Nine Year Pregnancy

Rumor Has It

People are talking . . . and they are saying great things about Nine Year Pregnancy! If you are curious as to whether or not this book is right for you or your friend or loved one, check out what Prospective Adoptive Parents, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Authors, Magazine Editors, and Journalists are saying about Nine…

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Joy: enduring the night

Joy is greatest when it follows the toughest trials. For a decade I prayed and cried over this verse: “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. I asked God when the night would be over and the morning come. Halfway through that decade, I found myself on this…

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Have My Heart

Christmas, adoption, and George Dennehy’s song “Have My Heart.” Christmas and adoption kind of go hand-in-hand. Joseph adopted the Christ child, Jesus.  And, through the gift of Christ, God adopted us as His children. Though there is often a lot of pain and grieving involved in adoption (by the adoptee, biological parents, and adoptive parents),…

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Grand: In the eye of the beholder

This week’s photo challenge on WordPress is GRAND: “the “wow factor” of a scene or subject that makes a picture so stunning.” My daughter took this self-portrait a few years ago. She definitely takes unique photos. What is extra stunning about this particular photo is that my daughter lost her right eye to cancer as…

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Never Quit

I love the Psalms. They are so vivid, so real. The Psalmists just told God exactly how they were feeling. The good, the bad, the ugly. Then, they turned around and praised God through all of it. Recognizing His goodness, His love, His Sovereignty. Even in older translations, we can see the real emotions expressed;…

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Media Kit

Media Kit Last Quarter 2013 ___________________________________________________ About Delana H. Stewart & Nine Year Pregnancy Delana H. Stewart lives and works in the Middle East as an education consultant, home-school mom, author, and speaker. Her goals for blogging at Nine Year Pregnancy are to share her family’s journey of adoption and provide helpful information and encouragement…

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Screaming Inside

In my book Nine Year Pregnancy, I talk about some of the challenges faced when bringing home a newly adopted child. As I explained in my post Year for Year, the age of the child does have a significant impact, however, as in this quote by Rob Flanegin there are some things that an adopted…

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No Longer an Orphan

Today is Orphan Sunday, when many churches will talk about the many orphans around the world (and in our own country) who are in need of being welcomed into a loving family. I saw a picture on Pinterest today where someone had posted a picture of their child as an orphan, then as a son.…