• Erin E. McEndree

What is your speciality? Are you great at numbers? Are you a master crafter? Are you a talented singer or a love to paint? Is your passion homeschooling? Have you dealt with a divorce? Is your child estranged from the family? Have you lost a child or lost all your possessions in a fire?

What is your speciality that sets you apart? Do you know others who share in your circumstance or talent? Mine is being adopted. I have found several key elements in my upbringing that my parents instilled in me that helped me be secure, confident and realize I was exactly where I was supposed to be in history and time (Acts 17:26) to help lead others to the Lord.

Have you ever noticed that people who have not experienced the same circumstances you have, try as they might, they just can’t understand? I’m not saying people don’t try to listen and encourage. I’ve had many sweet ladies listen to my story, pray for me and encourage me. However, there is aways something missing. There is a deficit in their eyes that only knowledge with no personal experience of the circumstance cannot fill. Women who share my experience, even if the details are some different, have a deeper understanding and better feedback.

Who better to encourage those going through a divorce than someone on the other side of the divorce. They can pull you through. Who better to support those who have lost a child than someone who has lost a child. They can bolster your grief. Who better to help those struggling with all the negative emotions of adoption than someone who has been there and lives on the positive side of adoption. This is my God-anointed story He intends me to use to help others with similar experiences. I am looking for my kindred tribe. Who is yours?

I have been led to help adoptees overcome feelings of rejection and abandonment. I have a deep desire to tell adoptive parents what my parents did to help me feel secure, loved, wanted and accepted. I have been drawn to birthmothers to help them relinquish shame and guilt.

My aim is to help adoptees, adoptive parents and birth mothers focus on the blessings right in front of them and identify with what they are grateful for in spite of difficult circumstances.

So whether you flunked out of college and are now a successful business owner or a master chef or delicately merging two families gracefully, whatever your story, use it to help others along their life’s journey.

I have been tasked by God to write a book about my adoption experiences, but I truly believe it will help anyone who believes they are adopted by God through his Son and co-heirs with Christ. I’ve learned many adoption stories are heart breaking. Many do not turn out well for a slew of reasons. But I also know, if you look farther back than biology, let’s say over 2000 years, you can be confidence you are loved beyond measure, secure in your existence, hopeful in your future and created for a purpose.

Find and embrace your story and help others along the way. Volunteer to be a tutor. Help at a benevolence center. Pray with someone who has lost a parent like you. Find what connects you to others and reach out. Make your tribe bigger. Use your life to encourage others. Don’t waste your hardships allowing them to overtake you and keep you stuck. Overcome their negative control and use them for good. You are an overcomer! What is your story to share?

  • Erin E. McEndree

I was dressed and ready to go when I found out the Hike For Life event was canceled because of some heavy rain all night. This is the oldest pro life event that raises money for local crisis pregnancy centers and gives awareness to the dignity of life... my life. I was one choice away from not being here. Check out Hike For Life Texas for more information.

I am thankful to my birth mother, Jeanette, who gave me life. I am thankful for my parents who chose to adopt. I am thankful for all the women who choose life when it was hard and who will stand up for a beating heart... specifically mine. I am most thankful to God who put me exactly where He wanted me to be.

I heard this quote, “If life stops when the heart ceases to beat, isn’t it only logical that life starts when the heart begins to beat?”

As Mother’s Day approaches, be thankful for the moms that gave you life and the moms that raised you and the moms of your friends who kept you in line at times. Be thankful for your spouse’s mom and your mom friends who keep you sane. Be thankful for the women who kept the heart beating even though they did not choose to keep it.... me.

And, if you are a woman who didn’t choose life, you are still welcome here. Forgiveness is a beautiful gift that I can give. I know some of you and you are always welcome at my table and in my heart. Some of you are fierce pro-life supporters because of your experience. Your ashes have turned to beauty and I applaud you for that.

For those of you who have a rough adoption story because of less than appropriate parenting, find purpose in your experience. Allow it to make you stronger, not destroy you. You have the ability to choose a happy life just like your birth mother chose life for you. Keep choosing what she chose for you and wanted... your beating heart to live and thrive.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20, "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life,..."

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  • Erin E McEndree

My family recently went to a destination wedding 11 hours away in downtown Denver, Colorado. Five hours into the trip, my two kids and I stopped, changed vehicles and picked up my parents and my nephew. We crammed two senior citizens’ luggage, two hanging clothes bags, my three bags, three teenagers’ suitcases including two gaming systems, the first aid box, umbrellas and my nephews golf clubs with the plush shark driver cover.

The luggage made an intricate design in the back that also spilled into the back, middle and front seats. It can only be described as a puzzle as each peace fit perfectly adjoined to its neighbor. When it was all arranged, and the back hatch was closed, a perfect spot was created for my nephew’s golf clubs through the back window.

The golf clubs were loaded and unloaded 14 times, but my nephew never played golf. I hope he doesn’t regret not playing. The mountain ridge in the distance was a beautiful backdrop to the course in Colorado Springs.

The Maybes

Do you ever regret not doing something you desired to do? Why didn’t you just say YES? Maybe it was seeing something important on a vacation. Maybe you missed reconciling with someone and now they have passed away. Maybe you desire something, currently, like writing a book, forgiving a friend, going to college or simply cleaning and organizing your home.

There are all kinds of reasons we delay or not pursue things in our heart. I hope you know what blocks you from moving forward towards your dreams. Maybe it is financial. Maybe your family subtly or directly is not supportive and their non-understanding or disapproval paralyze you. Maybe you are a busy mom who does not know how to fit one more activity into her life. Maybe you have a fear of the unknown because you don’t have all the information.

As a Life Coach, I talk to so many women who don’t know where to start, SO, they never say YES. My goal for each of them is to get the information first. Then, the task does not seem so illusive and out of reach. I want to help women build a bridge from where they are to where they want to be.

I want to help women build a bridge from where they are to where they want to be.

If I was coaching my nephew about taking those golf clubs, I would tell him…

  1. Pick a day that is convenient. Preferably, not during the wedding.

  2. Decide where you can play golf.

  3. Google the location, time and money it takes to play.

  4. Reserve it if necessary.

  5. Make plans with everyone else to make sure we can drive you to the golf course. Uber is always an option.

  6. Go and have a good time!!

Do you have a dream that is still a dream because you do not do the work of setting a goal, planning the details, and carrying out the plan? Things left to chance seldom happen in your favor.

Adopt a new strategy for your goals: Evaluate. Plan. Act. Enjoy. Simple.

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