Eden Renee: An Open Adoption Birth Story

by Kim Patton • April 20, 2020

Saturday, February 1st ,2020 My phone blinks in the dark of evening A notification on Facebook says: New Birthmother Situation I click like I have done so many times before Wondering, Is this the one?   Kevin and I have been praying about fostering and adopting since early 2018 After years of an empty womb After […]

Some Kind of Love

by Kim Patton • February 17, 2020

In just a few days, if all goes well with our adoption, Kevin and I will dive headfirst into a new season. We have been watching others play this role and now we follow in the footsteps of many who have gone before.  As our child’s eyes flicker open and we stare into them for […]

Grappling with Loss: My Walk Through the Five Stages of Grief

by Kim Patton • December 16, 2019

A couple of years ago I sat in the backseat of a friend’s car, one hand resting on my suitcase, on the way to the Seminary Wives in Ministry weekend retreat. It was April, and the bluebonnets were blooming in the fields between highway lanes, shooting bursts of purple into the warm Dallas air.  After […]

A Secret of Infertility

by Kim Patton • September 16, 2019

Infertility isn’t like a fever or the flu where your body heats unnaturally and your head pounds like it is being used as a kick drum in a rock band. It’s not a physical illness obvious to others like the red bumps of chickenpox or the dry, rashy skin of eczema. The effects are more subtle, hidden, […]

Around the World in 30 Years

by Kim Patton • July 15, 2019

My 30th birthday is coming up in a few days and I wanted to celebrate the places my feet have landed in the past thirty years. My reflections uncovered memories across three continents, multiple countries, and dozens of cities; a mixture of ordinary and eclectic, hometowns and once-in-a-lifetime excursions. One thing I have learned is […]