In this episode, Jami chats with her mom, Marla Ringger, about what it’s like being a grandma of many including the unique dynamic of loving and bonding with children who became part of her family through adoption and foster care. You’ll love hearing the story of how Marla’s heart softened towards orphaned and vulnerable children as well as how she takes practical steps to make sure her 15(!) grandchildren know she loves them. You’ll want Marla to be your grandma by the end of the show!
In this episode, you’ll discover…
- realities of the bonding process from a grandma’s perspective.
- ways to combat “Grandma guilt.”
- practical and intentional ways to be present in your grandchildren’s lives.
If we don’t end up together in heaven, the other things don’t mean anything.
Meet our Guest!
Marla and her husband Gary have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law and 15 grandchildren! Together they founded Lifesong for Orphans, a ministry that mobilizes the Church through adoption, foster care, and global orphan care Initiatives. Marla spends much of her time with her grandkids but also volunteers her time as one of the adoption coordinators at Lifesong and also manages the books for Gobena Coffee.
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Hear the story of how The Forgotten Initiative began!
Meet our Host!
Jami Kaeb is a dreamer and a coffee lover! She is married to Clint and the mother of seven–five through adoption. It was through a difficult season of waiting that Clint and Jami’s eyes were opened to the foster care community. They became foster parents to three siblings who they eventually adopted, and in April of 2011, Jami founded The Forgotten Initiative. Follow Jami’s personal blog for real life perspective on parenting seven children!
We want to hear from you!
We’d love to know…what are some ways the Grandma in your life has shown her love for you and/or your kids?
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