After we finalized our sons adoption this past December and after spending three years in the foster care realm our social worker asked us, “Will you be keeping your home open for future foster placements or are you planning to close your home?”.  My mind retraced the last three years.  It was full of revolving […]

February 18, 2019

Counting the Cost

I’ll never forget the way the her questions echoed fear in my new mamma heart, “But what about your biological baby?  What if all of this is too stressful on your pregnancy? What if you can’t give her the love and attention that she needs because you have other children in your home?  What if […]

February 13, 2019

Debunking Conventional Motherhood

First of all, if you’re reading this blog post, thank you.  Thank you for your heart and thank you for being willing to serve foster families.  When we first started foster care I didn’t know how to ask for help.  I didn’t even know what I needed.  We were so overwhelmed adjusting to the newness […]

February 9, 2019

9 Ways to Support Foster Families

I felt the tears start to well up from the depths of my heart.  Tears that were indistinguishable; for I had not before met tears that held such  joy and grief.  It felt like a pinch at the bottom of my heart.  A physical pain, I could feel at the depth of my momma soul.  […]

February 5, 2019


Ya’ll.  The Iowa City housing market was a tricky one.  We searched and searched.  When we first looked at this house I saw SO MUCH potential.  I was drawn to the natural light and the ranch style layout it offered.  I’ll admit, I too had a hard time seeing past the dark, plaid and oak.  […]

January 22, 2019

Our Iowa Home

At the ripe age of 26 Marianne and Hunter Hawes embarked on a journey many never get to experience.  They’ve watched the gospel unfold in their living room.  They opened wide the doors to their home and said yes to foster care.  They said yes to the vulnerable, the hurting and the broken.  They said […]

January 14, 2019

This is Foster Care:The Hawes

To My Son, Though you might not yet be old enough to understand how important December 13, 2018 was for our family it will be a day we always celebrate.  We will celebrate because your life is of infinite worth to our family, our community and our friends.  For 1,104 days I prayed that Jesus […]

December 18, 2018

A letter to my son

Our Iowa home. Something I thought I’d never say! I remember when my husband and I were first engaged I made him promise me we’d never move back to the Midwest. Five years and two kids later…here we are! Though explaining our daughters double Southern name has been quite the task (yes, her first name […]

June 9, 2018

Our Iowa Home






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