July 18, 2017

As we have shared before, we celebrate each of our childrens' "Gotcha Day." The Gotcha Day is the anniversary of the day each child came to live with us and joined our family. This past weekend, we celebrated #LegendaryE's Gotcha Day!

One year ago we met him in the PICU...

June 5, 2017

Our little guy turned 1 yesterday, which called for a celebration and a party. There were lots of friends and framily who came to the party to help us celebrate the milestone. And there was bio dad (BD), too. No caseworkers or social workers; just BD.

What you need to k...

May 22, 2017

It's true. Trauma itself causes the brain to respond in abnormal ways as a means to cope with traumatic situations. As it grows and develops, the brain develops neural pathways- shortcuts, if you will, to function in a prescribed manner most efficiently. 

Pavlov demonst...

May 14, 2017

My handsome and precious son woke me up bright and early announcing that he made homemade blueberry pancakes and wanted to join me for first service at church. I fixed my hair and makeup, got dressed, and went downstairs to find the skillet in the sink and pancakes now...

May 9, 2017

"When and how do you tell your child that s/he is adopted?" This is one of the most common questions that people ask us about adoption. Most of these apply to fostering as well. 

1. Start Today
One of our children came to live with us as an infant. From the first day,...

May 4, 2017

A friend asked me today how I handle the thought of letting my little ones leave. I tried to explain it, but the words got all jumbled up in my mouth and didn't come out right. 

What you need to know is that my little ones didn't want to leave. They wanted to stay...

May 2, 2017

I never wanted kids. I know, lots of people say that, but I really meant it! Kids are gross- slimy, snotty, leaky, and likely, filled with cooties (I should mention that I did get my cootie shot via the "circle, circle, dot, dot" method in third grade, but it's impossi...

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