Attachment: 5 Ways to Bond With Your Adopted Child

When you decide to adopt a child, you probably can’t imagine anything other than instant attachment once you hold your child in your arms. As amazing as it is when attachment happens quickly and naturally, it’s OK if that isn’t your story. The good news is regardless of the natural level of attachment that does (or doesn’t) happen, there are…

A Gift: One Father’s View On Adoption

This is a guest post by Benson Marshall. Have you ever received a gift you weren’t expecting? I mean something totally out of the blue? Now, this is a blog all about adoption. Not exactly an unexpected event. So where am I going with this question? Let’s try a clarifying question. Have you ever received a gift you didn’t think…

Vacation Fun: 5 Tips for Traveling with Little Kids

As I write this, we’re heading home from an 8-night trip full of vacation fun. A vacation we thought about canceling. Not just because of covid-19 restrictions but also because of an 8 hour+ drive each way with 2 toddlers. We wondered if they would travel well or sleep OK in an unfamiliar place. But, ultimately we’re really glad we…

An Open Letter To My 4-Year-Old Daughter

There is so much more I will say outside of this open letter just for you, but this is what I need you and the world to know… Dear Sweet Abigail, 4 years ago today you had been home for one week. You were one month old, and I was clueless. But, so in love! It’s crazy to think about…

20 Adoption Books for Parents

Here are 20 adoption books for parents that will help you as you embark or continue on your adoption journey.  My suggestion is to not overwhelm yourself but to find one or two to get started and after that, you can decide where you’d like to go from there. Adoption books can be an awesome way to further deepen your…

50 Adoption Books for Children

Adoption books can be a great way to teach your child about adoption and open the door to important conversations. Books can be an especially great way to begin explaining adoption to young children. I started collecting adoption books years before we brought our children home. We are big believers in talking to our kids often and openly about their…

When Motherhood Sucks

Yesterday was probably one of the worst days in my toddler motherhood experience. At least it feels that way now. Nothing tragic happened. No one was injured and no one is sick. We’re all still here. But, man it sucked! Motherhood is just really hard some days! Just for fun, I’l share a quick version of the story… My Day…