joining the Navy, February 1942

Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day I’m thankful for one veteran in particular, my birth father, Clinton Kenneth McCourt. After Pearl Harbor in Dec 1941, he like many of his generation, answered the call of the nation and joined the Navy a few months later, serving in the Philippines. Before I’d learned my birth father’s name, I’d suspected…

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Earlier this week, I wrote about the small, little voice in my head using the word “rejection” to describe how I’m experiencing this new information about my birth parents. I appreciate your comments and support in response to that post. And I want to reiterate that while it is a piece of the puzzle, it…



I’m sure there are scholars who have written about this, and I should track down their wisdom. Disclaimer–this is only my reflection and may not resemble other adopted children’s experiences. I’ve recently been discovering things about my birth parents. I was able to speak to my birth mother on the phone for a few minutes.…

journaling with my toes in the river--always a good day

Wide River to Cross

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on November 2, 2014. 1 John 3:1-3
 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Beloved,…

me and Carol

Update: Birth Family Edition

Thank you to everyone who has been following along this time of discovery. Ever since receiving my original birth certificate in August, I’ve been on quite the journey. It’s all been good. I’m quite sure I have not  processed it all yet. And it is not only my story, so bear with me if the…

as a baby, at least, I looked a lot like my birth father. Photo of Ken McCourt from 1914.

Me and My Saints

I came across this quote on Facebook this morning and realized how much differently I am experiencing All Saints Day this year. I remain grateful for the saints I’ve always been thankful for– my grandparents Clarence and Grace, Ruth and Torkel, my aunt Jo, my uncle Len, and so many more. I was adopted into…