My mother told me when I was little that someday you would see my name on a book. She will be the first to tell you I always had a pencil and paper in my hands. I believe we are supposed to speak blessings over our children and my mother has done that since I was young...
Dear Bobby, Tomorrow is Wednesday morning -we will get up around 6am, go about our busy morning routine of getting all you kids out the door then dad and I will head off to work. Or maybe we won’t, because there is a foot of snow in the forecast. Regardless of the weather, tomorrow would… Continue reading 832 Wednesday’s (Bobby’s 16th Birthday)
Adoption can be a long process from start to finish, no matter how you go about it. Sometimes an adoption that is started in infancy isn’t finalized until preschool, and sometimes you don’t meet your precious child until they are already in the 5th grade. At some point, even years after a newborn adoption, questions… Continue reading Teaching Your Child’s School About Adoption
The journey of adoption is mentally exhausting. You plan for months or even years to bring home your new baby or child. You make sure everything is set up perfectly for their arrival, you get your paperwork in order, and you open your hearts and your home to caseworkers, among many others, just to make… Continue reading What Is the Truth About Pregnancy After Adoption?
The definition of family is very broad, and the ways to grow your family are broad as well. In the most basic terms it is a social unit of bonded people, dwelling together, and living their lives alongside each other. We know that families have parents, children, in-laws, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Some families… Continue reading What Are 12 Ways To Grow Your Family? (Without Pregnancy!)
Today is officially Benjamin’s birthday- our “baby” is 3. I know how this feels and I know what to expect because our babies have turned 3 before, a few times actually. I know that when the baby turns 3 you find that on an occasional Saturday afternoon you are able to nap again on the… Continue reading When your baby turns 3…
Bob went on an ice fishing trip this past weekend. I was home with the kids. Once he returned home on Sunday I was curious to hear how his weekend was- he shared stories of a broken snow mobile, freezing temperatures and no fish… not really my idea of a good time but still, it was… Continue reading Uneventful Weekends.
I’ve heard it said many times that all foster children have some degree of special needs. And while that may be entirely true, there comes a point in your child’s care when your intuition will start telling you something else is just “off.” As a foster parent you learn to expect the fall out and… Continue reading Foster Parenting- 3 Types of Special Needs
It’s finally your adoption day! You’ve waited and prayed and worried while completing every background check, personal reference, and all those mounds of paperwork! It is time to CELEBRATE!!! So what can you do besides “Gotcha Day” that will last over the years? It needs to be fun for the kids, memorable for the adults,… Continue reading 8 Creative Ways to celebrate adoption besides “Gotcha Day”
So you completed your training, you submitted all the references, you waited on a background check, and you’ve been waiting ever so patiently for your first foster care placement so you can welcome them with open arms…and then the call comes for your foster children! As we head into the holiday season, we especially begin… Continue reading Family Traditions and Foster Children
Do you ever leave an uncomfortable conversation, and then think to yourself just moments later, “Oh, now THAT would’ve been a perfect response to those nosy adoption questions.” The truth is the response we wish we had in the moment probably wasn’t the best thing to say anyway. The topics of children and adoption often… Continue reading 5 Kind Phrases To Shut Down Nosy Adoption Questions