Foster & Adopt

Meltdown Management

“Nothing’s wrong!” So says my daughter’s voice, but her body language betrays her. Something about the glaring, stomping, creased-forehead, teary look tips me off. Rapid meltdowns are nothing new for…

Room for One More

“Mrs. DesCarpentrie, do you have room for one more?” It’s a question I have been asked several times from a Department of Children & Family Services caseworker, scrambling to find…

Adoption Wakes Up Hearts

Last night my two-year-old, Alyssa, drew a picture of a house, and it made me think about how different this house—our house—would be without this girl. Without her giggles, without…

Got Room?

Do you have room for one more child?  While we lived in a little three-bedroom house, we adopted three kids to add to the three I had already birthed.  We…

How a Foster Mom Says ‘Goodbye’

We knew baby Riley would probably be reunited with his birth family, but that did not stop us from falling in love with him. We loved that little boy with…

Telling Stories

I love a good story!  Jesus told fictional parables to explain spiritual truths.  And the Bible itself is the true story of God, filled with lots of true stories about…

Grandparents Raising Grandkids

Pete and Carol, happily married for 39 years, were ‘empty-nesters.’ Their 3 children were all in their 30’s, married, and now Pete and Carol were enjoying grandchildren. A phone call…

Four Little Words

My kitchen was a chaotic deafening hurricane.  Six people in my little kitchen eating breakfast, finishing lunch-packing, and the decibel level quickly rising to unbearable levels.  Two of my boys…

Before Fostering/Adopting, I Wish I Understood…

My friends tried to explain some things to me- really, they did. But, like many other experiences in parenting, you just don’t understand until you’ve experienced it. Parenting adopted and…

How to Prepare Your Children for Adoption

I’ll never forget the day those big brown eyes stared at me. Those tiny fingers and toes that fit perfectly on his three pound yellow body that was swaddled in…

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