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…

How To Adopt a Gender-Specific Child

Girl or Boy? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a little girl. Perhaps you’ve even started picking out some adorable baby girl clothes. Maybe you even already have a name chosen. Or, it could be that you can’t imagine your life without a sweet little boy. And, you’re so excited to adopt because you can finally add a little boy…

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…

Why You Should Throw An Adoptive Mom-To-Be a Baby Shower…Even if She Says ‘No …

I feel like I’ve been making a lot of confessions lately in my blog posts. But, here’s another one. And, this one might sound a little whiney. It’s definitely a “first world problem” …but here goes anyway…I kind of hate that I never had a baby shower. Let me just say upfront…it was my fault. My amazing sister in law…

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…

Why Lack of Money is a Lame Excuse to Not Adopt

Confession Time I have to admit something right from the beginning. I used to be lame. Why? Because I fell into the category of people that thought I probably wasn’t cut out to adopt. And, the main reason I thought I might never join the 2% of Americans that adopt was primarily because of just one thing. You guessed it.…

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…