Foster & Adopt

Redefining Love

Three moms in the first four years of life would confuse any child. So there is little wonder that my son has a hard time understanding love—trust is an intricate…

Words That Soothe

A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with my youngest daughter.  It truly isn’t unusual for us to have these scratch your head kind of conversations. She is…

Teaching R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Preschoolers

There are many important values that we need to teach our kids, but in my opinion one of the most challenging is teaching respect. Actually, it’s more than just teaching…

Evolving Family

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” Alex Haley I was blessed to grow up in a tight-knit, loving family. Every holiday,…

The Kendrick Brothers – An Adoption Story

Get to know the heart of Alex and Stephen Kendrick just a bit more… and hear the incredible story of Stephen and Jill’s adoption of their beautiful Mia.

It’s OK to Strive and Fall Short

I pictured myself as a mix of Mary Poppins and Carol Brady. We were welcoming in two new kids (ages five and two years old), and I was going to…

The Need for Community

I sat on my bed in a darkened bedroom crying my eyes out. I had once again been rejected by my young son we had adopted. I felt like we…

The Beauty of Do-Overs

The second the words left my mouth, I knew I blew it. I had been working so hard to build trust with this little boy who had his heart broken…

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…

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…

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