Archive for the ‘Inspirational stories’ Category

Adopting an older child

October 8, 2016

Here’s a heart warming story about the adoption of an almost 18 year old, just before he aged out of foster care. 

How one loving couple changed an 18 year old foster kid”s life 



February 8, 2016

There are some days, even weeks, that feel like they suck the life out of you.

Thus week has had a few of those. Some of the behaviours and defiance are just enough to make me wish I could crawl under a rock.

I was talking to another parent who has adopted a couple of kids with FASD. I commended her for making it. She said the teen years can be tough, especially with hormones and all of the fun that’s on with that.

There has been so much going on that I just feel wrung out.

In the past couple of months , I came across a new to me blog, Confessions of an adoptive parent, blogged by Mike and Kristin Berry.

They have been wiring for a while. They have adopted some kids with special needs, including FASD.

They have just launched a podcast called Honestly Speakimg, which can be found on their website. It can also be found on iTunes.

They also offer a free resource, “The Weary Parent’s Guide to Escaping Exhaustion”, for subscribing to their email.

I have found several posts to be right where I’m living at the moment.

Adoption in the media

January 31, 2016

Whether you love th or hate them, the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame doesn’t beat around the bush.

We saw sme ads for a new reality series outlining the journey of Jep and Jessica as they pursue adoption.

This series iis Jep and Jessica:Growing the Dynasty, on A & E. The link is :

We have seem three episodes so far.

They discuss a bit abut their journey to adoption, and how they integrate the new baby into their family. It also shows the extended family coming to meet the new baby.

I thunk it is well done, albeit a bit fluffy.

It presents adoption in a very positive light.

Adoption awareness is very important.  There are thousands of children waiting for a forever family. Very few are babies. All need families.

Adoption isn’t necessarily for everyone. It can be a tough road, especially when journeying down the spare dealing with challenges that happened in utero.

Everyone around adoptive families can help. Offering to help with an errand, or provide child care could be a huge blessing.  The need is even greater for families that have children with special needs.

It’s not a secret – Instant Mama

March 28, 2013

I would like to share another post from Instant Mama discussing some insights of an adoptive parent.

It is It’s not a secret…..

She talks about how children come with a story, and it is up to them with what details they share about their story.

It is one thing for us, as our two boys have different stories.

It is something different as several children of different ages come into a family as a group, as is the case with Instant Mama’s new family.

Walking through adoption

March 26, 2013

My blogging friend, Instant Mama, is walking through the early steps of adopting five children in a sibling group.

She recently posted Avoiding the Awkward.  She discusses a number of questions that those around the family often ask.  These questions are asked with the best of intentions, but can open wounds that may be fresh.

Many forget that adoption becomes possible due to difficult circumstances.

Couples come to the point of adoption through a variety of circumstances, often infertility.  A loss has been grieved to reach the point of being willing to adopt.

It is a drastic thing for authorities to remove children from a family of origin.  Horrible things have to happen.

Sometimes children are abandoned.  This also happens in horrible circumstances.

There is a sense of loss for both the children and the rest of the family of origin.

When a couple gets married, there are many adjustments.  They have willingly come to the point of coming together.

In an adoptive situation, there may be some willingness.  There are huge issues to deal with, compared to a marriage.

Adoption links

March 19, 2013

Every now and again, I hear a series of programs that provide some insights into the challenges and rewards of being an adoptive parent.

There were a few episodes recently on FamilyLIfe Today that covered a few different topics.  I will post the links separately.


Adoption story in progress

March 11, 2013

One of my favorite blogs and bloggers is Instant Mama.

She started blogging as her and her husband started fostering six foster kids for almost two years.

Her blog took a major change in directions, as they became adoptive parents of five kids.  This is an unbelievable adventure.

Her most recent post , Sight Unseen? talks about some questions adoptive parents face those around them.

Exciting Blogging News

February 4, 2013

I’ve been writing this blog for over four years.

It started as a diary of our process about waiting to be approved to adopt again.

We found out just before Christmas of 2009 that we were going to become adoptive parents again, with a bit of a catch.  We would be fostering our new child until he was able to be adopted.  For the next year and a bit, I wrote about our journey through the foster to adopt process.  It had its highs and lows.

Since then, I have been writing about various slices of life.  I intended to keep it as a diary for future reference, and hopefully be of assistance in case anyone was interested.

There wasn’t much interest, until October of 2011.  Then, someone read my pasts.  All 150 or so at that point.  In one day.  I “met” a new friend i the blogging world, Instant Mama.

She wrote about her experience as a foster mother of six (!!!) children, which was about a year old at that point.  It went on for longer.

Her post today contained both good news and sad news.  The good is that she and her husband became the forever parents of five (!!!) children.   The sad news is that she will be taking a break from blogging as she bonds with her new children.  I completely understand and respect this wise decision.  However, I will miss the warmth, love, and passion that she shared for her kids.

I would encourage you to check out her blog, and her list of suggested sites.  My world has been expanded because of these blogs.

Blessings to Instant Mama and her new forever family of five.

My Journey Through Depression – Tommy Nelson

October 11, 2012

Depression is a major issue in our society.

Many in society, let alone the church, do not see it as an issue, or a major issue.  Those suffering will be to told to get over it, suck it up, or try harder.

I listened to an interview on Focus on the Family with Tommy Nelson.

Tommy is the lead pastor at Denton Bible Church, in Denton, Texas.  Tommy was busy doing many things he loved, until one day in May, 2006.  He just crashed.  He couldn’t function.  He suffered from clinical depression.  It took him four months to be able to return to the pulpit.

This is an encouraging story.

Hiding from God – more information

October 6, 2012

A few days ago, in Hiding from God, I posted a quote from Matt Chandler.

Matt is the lead pastor at the Village Church, a multi-site church in the Dallas area in Texas.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, he had seizure, which turned out to be a brain tumor that required extensive treatment.

There is a bit of a back story, that is discussed in this two part interview and update on FamilyLife today.  Click here for “The Day Everything Changed” Part 1, and here for “Living in the Light of Eternity”


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