You know how sometimes someone says one thing or tells one story and ***poof*** something else in your brain clicks and you are surprised by those connecting synapses?? (I think Oprah deemed it an “aha moment”) Well- let me share one with you from last night’s conversations with friends. First, let me back up and… Continue reading Putting my heart in check.
We have chosen to celebrate what we consider “big” birthdays for only certain years in our family. Why you wonder? The obvious answer would be…”Oh, with so many kids, I can see why you wouldn’t plan parties for each child for every birthday…the expense, the time...” But that is just not the case. Each of our… Continue reading Party or Pass? The way we celebrate birthdays in a family of 12.
The other day I called a “family meeting”. On a laughable side note, I think the kids thought we might be welcoming yet another family member- in hindsight we’ve had these meetings before when something big is about to change, but I digress. This was not about a new family member, it was about US… Continue reading When a teachable moment doesn’t appear on its own…
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…
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”