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…

An Open Letter to My Son on His 2nd Birthday

Dear Bennett- You’re 2 years old today! Happy birthday beautiful boy! It’s still so crazy to think of how much our lives have changed in the last 2 ½  years since we found out you’d be ours. We didn’t even know if you were going to be a boy or a girl. Then, at Casey’s ultrasound, we learned that we’d…

Evacuation Plan: Tips for Your Home Study

Did you know that a home evacuation plan is a part of preparing your adoption home study? This is a guest post by Benson Marshall. I’m a Prepper, He’s a Prepper, She’s a Prepper Too. (If you grew up in the 80s you’ll get that play on words, if not look up old Dr. Pepper advertising campaigns.) My wife did…

What It’s Really Like Being an Adoptive Mom

I could say what you sometimes hear… that being an adoptive mom is just like being a “regular” (non-adoptive) mom. The truth is many things are the same. But there are quite a few differences as well. The Paperwork For one thing, in the beginning, there is so much paperwork!  One of my favorite funny little sayings, when we were…