Chameleon Mom

“Please close our foster home…” These were very painful words to type. The decision to close our home to fostering was far harder to make than the decision to open our home and our hearts to children in foster care. But it was a necessary decision to allow us to focus on healing and bonding Continue »

Hope

By Shelly Bergeron Here are some of the lyrics from the song “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North: I’m tired, I’m worn My heart is heavy From the work it takes To keep on breathing. This was my go-to song about six months ago. It’s still one of my favorites. When I feel like I can’t Continue »

Questions

by Jamie Ivey Recently I was tucking in my son, whom we adopted domestically, and I told him that his birth mom was getting married soon and that I had a picture of her in her new dress. He was excited to see it, and immediately the questions started to form in his little brain. Continue »

All They Need

“Neenada!” My five-year-old spit out the Russian equivalent of “Stop it!” Now what? I thought. My daughter was having clothing issues again. Pants too loose? Wrong color? Too high in the waist? Too long? Too old? Too new? Her inability to communicate her wants, and my inability to discern her needs, was creating frustration on Continue »

Compassion

I think the year was around 1999. I received a call from a family who had been struggling with their recent adoption. Like all adoptive families, this family had been thrilled to bring home their new son. They had somehow raised all of the funds needed for their adoption and had sacrificed in many ways Continue »