Ohhh, the holidays. The dreaded, joyful, stressful, crazy holidays. This time of year is magical but stressful for many. The gathering, gifts, decorations, expectations – it’s overwhelming. But a season of joy can become a season of (more) pain for those who desire a child but still have empty arms. If you’re on the path of infertility or adoption and still waiting for that perfect
I did none of these things. I learned the hard way. I had to backtrack and figure these things out after we had adopted and experienced some of the most gut-wrenching days I’ll ever face. I believe there were many reasons I learned these lessons in this manner. I understand it served a purpose. But my passion has become to help guide other adoptive families
Glennon Doyle Melton said it best. “Life is never all brutal or all beautiful. It’s both, all the time. Life is brutiful.” This is most certainly true for adoption. The overwhelming brutality and pure majesty it brings will perhaps provide you with a new perspective on life that few others experience. When we choose this journey, we do not get to choose what we experience
In general, many parents feel a great amount of stress during the holidays. For first time parents, and even those of us who have experienced many holidays together as a family, these can be stressful times. We want to create that magic we dreamed about or even experienced when we were children.
For many of our children being adopted out of the foster care system, the
Congratulations! You have decided to pursue adoption. For many families the cost of adoption might seem as if it will prevent the option. However, there are great resources available to you. The following information is provided to assist you with the financial concerns of the adoption process.
Employer Benefits and Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
Many companies provide adoption benefits to employees. Contact your human resources department to determine whether
I am a mom of all boys; my days a full of dirt, trucks, trains, tractors, and super heroes. When my 4 year old was around the age of two, I made him a super hero cape, and every time he puts that cape on something magical happens…..
his fears are gone, he can conquer the world he can save his hot wheel cars from an
I clearly remember the first two weeks of our first child’s life. Brad was just getting ready to start a new career and he had two full weeks home with us before he began his new adventure. I watched a husband turn into a Father and boy did he fall head over hills for our little tiny daughter.
This was the guy who would sometimes state
The morning air was a little crisp as I took pictures of my 6 year old in his first day of Kindergarten outfit. Spencer was full of energy as he anticipated the time to leave to go to his new school. I got up early to prepare for his special day and I made pancakes just like he likes. We talked about all the “what
As the new school year approaches I, like many adoptive parents, ask myself the question “Do I talk about adoption to my child’s new teacher?” With each of my older children the answer each year has been “yes”. This year I am a bit more hesitant. Unlike our first 3 adoptions where we enjoy completely open adoptions, our youngest child’s adoption is different. We have met