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Dry Winter Skin

May 07, 2014

 Here in Michigan, I think Spring has finally sprung!  I’m so grateful.  I’m not a winter-hater, but these last few months have been positively oppressive. Our kids notice it too.  My seven-year-old already wants to wear shorts.  Perhaps your kiddos do as well, and maybe you’ve noticed those legs …

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Respite Is Not taboo; It’s a Lifesaver for Adoptive Parents

Jan 15, 2014

Adoptive parent, Steph Patten, contributes this guest post on respite care:You may remember an earlier post I wrote about how our family’s life was turned upside down when God doubled our family through foster care and adoption—and how God was faithful through all the chaos. What I didn’t write …

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Navigating Bumps in the Road

Dec 09, 2013

As an adoptive parent, you have gone through hours of training, a Home Study, and placement visits. But you could never have known then exactly how adoption would impact your family, because living it day to day cannot be taught. Post-adoption care is crucial throughout your adoption journey and …

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Meeting My Niece, An Uncle’s Perspective

Nov 27, 2013

November is National Adoption Month, so throughout November we will seek to raise awareness for adoption and the millions of vulnerable children around the world waiting for forever families. As we celebrate the joy and wonder of adoption, as we feel the pain and healing of the process, and as we …

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It Wasn’t Easy, but It Was Right

Nov 20, 2013

November is National Adoption Month, so throughout November we will seek to raise awareness for adoption and the millions of vulnerable children around the world waiting for forever families. As we celebrate the joy and wonder of adoption, as we feel the pain and healing of the process, and as we …

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Grandparents’ Support in Adoption Planning

Sep 09, 2013

Yesterday was Grandparents Day—a time that can be particularly challenging for parents whose child is creating or considering an adoption plan for his or her own child. Though you are likely experiencing your own emotional stress, as a concerned parent and grandparent you want to know how you can …

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A Circle of Support

Aug 28, 2013

Loss is inherent in adoption.  Everyone who is touched by adoption will feel the hurt and pain of this loss with varying degrees of intensity at various times throughout the lifelong journey of adoption.  What this looks like and how it manifests itself is a very individual experience, but …

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Back-to-School Blues

Aug 26, 2013

The transition of returning for another school year can cause mixed feelings in children, which is why it is important to make time to talk to your children about how to cope with these feelings.  To help you in doing so, we would like to share this article from the American Psychological …

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A Smooth Back-to-School Transition

Aug 26, 2013

As summer turns into fall, school buses return and backpacks come out of the closet. The transition of returning for another school year can cause mixed feelings in children, which is why it is important to be prepared and intentional in helping with the adjustment.  We would like to share this …

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Knowing Your Lifestory

Aug 05, 2013

Guest post by Susan TeBos, coauthor of  Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory. My three kids were born in Russia and today I have two teens and one tween. When my kids were little I began gently filling in the blanks about their birth story and answering questions in age …

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