Martina McBride Lends Her Voice To “A Home for the Holidays” Adoption Special

December 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm , by

Photo: Randee St. Nicholas.

If you drew Martina McBride’s name in the country music superstar Secret Santa and you need a last-minute gift idea, I’m so about to hook you up. “Everybody always says I’m hard to buy for, and I’m not,” McBride tells me. “Just give me bath stuff and candles, and I’m happy!”

What would probably make the Grammy-nominated country singer even happier this holiday season, though, is if you tuned in to the 13th annual A Home for the Holidays this Wednesday, December 21, on CBS. “I was really honored to be asked to do this,” says McBride, who will be hosting and helping the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network shine a light on the more than half a million U.S. children in foster care in need of a permanent home. “It’s a really important show that is literally making a difference to future generations,” she adds, noting that some parents featured on this week’s show had been inspired to adopt from watching prior A Home for the Holidays installments.

The fact that McBride and her husband, John, are blessed to have a family with three beautiful daughters (Ava, 6, Emma, 13, and Delaney, who turns 17 this week) was specifically one of the reasons why hosting this year was important to her. “We kind of take family for granted sometimes,” she explains. “I mean, we decorated our Christmas tree last night and halfway through it I thought, think of all the kids out there that don’t have a family to decorate a Christmas tree with. And yet we take it for granted. We do it every year—it’s a tradition. It really makes you stop and think.”

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LHJ Catches Up with the Chapmans

December 8, 2010 at 11:42 am , by

SCC & Mary BethIn 2008, Grammy winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his family suffered a tragic loss, when their 5-year-old adopted daughter, Maria, was accidentally struck and killed by the car her older brother was driving. Since then, Steven, his wife Mary Beth, and their five children have used their faith, along with support from family, friends and fans, to help pull them through. They’ve also focused on their passion for adoption— Mary Beth wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir, Choosing to See, and together they started the non-profit organization, Show Hope, which helps others adopt.

Meaningful_3D_O_RGB[2]Steven, meanwhile, turned to his music. He just received his 15th Grammy Award nomination for his latest album, Beauty Will Rise. He also recorded the heartfelt tune, “Meant to Be,” for the latest VeggieTales DVD, It’s A Meaningful Life. We caught up with the couple to see how they are coping, and to hear an exclusive performance of “Meant to Be,” which you can check out below.

Ladies’ Home Journal: Is “Meant to Be” a tribute to Maria?

Steven: Maria’s story and life was definitely a thread woven through this song. I think what anchored us through the time of grief and loss was knowing that God really does orchestrate things. I met Maria when I was in Beijing and I bumped into a family working for an orphanage in China— they wanted to get an autograph—and they were holding these two little orphan girls and I just wanted to hold one of them because I was missing my two girls at home. Her name was Maria and I fell in love with her. So I think about that “chance” meeting and how meant to be her life was. The song for me was very much inspired by the life of Maria and how she touched the lives of so many people. Read more

Ladies We Love: Kristin Chenoweth

June 18, 2010 at 10:10 am , by

This week’s lady we love is the multi-talented Kristin Chenoweth, who is currently performing on Broadway in the show Promises, Promises, and recently guest starred in several episodes of the hit TV show Glee. She’s got a lot on her plate, but this father’s day weekend she is focusing on a cause that is close to her heart by supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness for foster care adoption. Kristin, an adoptee herself, is encouraging you to participate in Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend; for each frosty product sold at Wendy’s this weekend, 50 cents will be donated to the foundation to help place foster children in homes. Wendy’s will also donate 50 cents on your behalf when you create an e-card at

So does Kristin have any plans to adopt someday? “It’s certainly something that I think about a lot,” she said, “but I would like to do it with a partner. Being an adopted person myself, it is the best gift a person can give or receive.”

What makes me a lady: Keeping a promise.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Chocolate and Coca-Cola.

What’s on my life list: Go to Haiti and Uganda to help teach children music and learn how to bedazzle properly.

If I could have a superpower, it would be: To clone myself so I could be at more than one place at a time.

Ladies I admire: Bette Midler, Carol Burnett and Chely Wright.