Everything is Possible

“God has never let me down,” says Jen Bricker in her new book Everything is Possible. Anytime I become discouraged or faced with an overwhelming trial, all I have to do is look back through my life to see how He has brought me through countless trials and tribulations…

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Hope

“MOM. THANK YOU FOR NEVER GIVING UP ON ME!” This phrase and two encouraging verses might be just what you need to hear today if you are parenting a child who is discouraged, broken hearted, grieving, or suffering from RAD or FASD.

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To the Moon and Back

One of my kids’ favorite books growing up was the story of little nut brown hare in Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram. Today’s daily prompt, Come Fly with Me, reminded me of two things: 1) That story and (2)The story of my daughter. The prompt suggests sharing a…

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Reaching the Place of Thriving

Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family by David and Renee Sanford. The chapter headings are: Welcome Home, Attachment and Bonding, Sibling and Extended Family Relationships, Developing a Support Network, Nurture and Discipline, Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, Elementary Age and Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Loss and Grief, Ethnic Identity, Early Childhood Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Effects, Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, When an Adoption Disrupts or Dissolves.

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Long Journeys

“Mom, are we there yet?” If you are a mom of a child of speaking age, you have probably heard this more than you can count. I know about long journeys all too well. I’ve been on really long trans-Atlantic flights. I’ve taken cross-country road trips lasting a couple of weeks. I’ve been on ferryboats…

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I Choose You

nspired by the poem “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, I wrote this poem collaborating with my daughter, told as if she were speaking to me. After reading it together, she hugged me and said the part that is now the last stanza of this poem. My high-school English teacher introduced me to the poem “I Like You,” which is now available as a book.

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Adoptive Mothers are Real Mothers, Too!

Many well-meaning people ask adoptive mothers if the child who does not resemble them is their “real” child. From time-to-time an adopted child will even say to his/her mother, “You’re not my REAL Mother!” By real both mean biological. With Mother’s Day weekend approaching, my daughter and I chose fun books from the library on mothers. I chose to review one of them–the one about adoptive mothers. You’re Not My REAL Mother! by Molly Friedrich

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Who is This Person I Call Mom?

By Delana H. Stewart “Who is this person I call Mom and why doesn’t she look like me?” Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote last Mother’s Day about why Mother’s Day can be a difficult season for the adoptee (and her family). You can read the full article by clicking here. Our…

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Into the Mind of a Child with RAD

Jessie suffered from Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) and does an excellent job of helping readers get inside the head of a child who has suffered RAD. Parents or foster-carers or teachers who work with kids who are or have been in foster care or orphanages will benefit from reading this book. He addresses many issues, such as: abandonment, grief, longing for a parent to return, reuniting with biological parents, anger, manipulation, bedwetting, lying, stealing, fear, loneliness, cutting, destroying things, and so much more.

Love: the more you give–the more you get!

February is the month of extra emphasis on love and giving! And, it is your opportunity to enter a contest and win a free book! Check this out for details: Love and Giving are in the air! ****************************************************************************** For regular updates and interesting tidbits check out and “like” my Facebook pages! Your support is appreciated!…

Following a Star

The Magi waited for the coming Messiah and followed the star. We waited for a little girl and followed our hearts. After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the…

Adoption Blogger Interview

Today is National Adoption Awareness Day and November is National Adoption Awareness month. As a part of this emphasis, I joined over 100 other bloggers in the 2012 Adoption Blogger Interview Project hosted by the blog Production, Not Reproduction. Check out my interview of fellow adoption blogger Erin Polis on my Nine Year Pregnancy blog…

Daily Prompt: Adoption

  Adoption Today’s Daily Prompt: Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind. The eleventh picture Google images brought up perfectly tells a story in imagery that I told with words in my book Nine Year…

Writing Challenge: Your Story Wanted

If you are in the adoption process or have adopted, or if you know someone who has adopted, they may be interested in submitting their story to my Nine Year Pregnancy blog. I am also interested in the stories of adult adoptees who have a story to share about waiting for a reunion or a…