25 Days of Thriving Through Christmas An Advent Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Families – Coming soon!

If you have adopted or foster children, this is for you. If you have a special needs child, this is for you. If even thinking about the busy Christmas season coming in a few months makes you break out into hives, this is for you. If you're thinking about skipping the festivities altogether because it's just [...]

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Kids and Grief

The picture is four by seven and we five siblings lean into each other, smiling. The funeral home is crowded with friends and family. The rich walnut wood work goes unnoticed. We are smothered in grief. Everyone loved my mother. It seemed as if everyone she had ever known was there. I felt numb and [...]

What if you had never been born?

*This post is an excerpt from a speech I shared at the Life Choice Banquet on October 15th. I cut this down to fit a rather long post. Please don't shy away because it is long. It has value. I began the speech with telling our adoption story, you can find our story here. “Many are [...]

Thinking About Adopting Mini Seminar Recap

If you were thinking about coming to the 'Thinking About Adopting' Mini Seminar and just couldn't make it, here is a quick recap. There was lots of conversation, coffee and collaboration of many individuals to make this event happen. Thanks to Joe 'n' Throw for providing the venue, making the mugs (for prizes) and the [...]

Adopted Children Adulting

My eldest son had come over for a few hours and helped me hang some outdoor lights for a party. "I want to move back home and go to college." This wasn't the first time he had brought this up. He had been renting a house with roommate and working in a respectable job and [...]