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Category: Encouragement

Encouragement, Family SupportFeb. 22, 2016

Make a Difference Monday | Real, Not True. Overcoming Feelings of Failure

I’m not prone to depression. But today, I think I’m getting a small taste of it. The sorrow has been so thick, I can almost reach out and touch it. Like an unwelcome blanket…smothering me. I feel like a failure. A failure as a wife. A failure as a mom. A failure as a foster mom. A failure as a friend. A failure as a homemaker. A failure as a homeschooler. A failure as a writer. I feel like I’m making a mess of one thing after another. And I feel like the messes can’t be cleaned up. I feel overwhelmed by […]

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Adoption, Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingFeb. 5, 2016

Forgotten Friday | When will you stop making your mommy carry you?

It’s been a long few weeks. My mother is critically ill and my children haven’t seen much of me lately. Let’s not mention the fact that they were just adopted this year so though lately I’ve not been around much, I missed a whole lot more of the beginning of their lives. This morning my oldest daughter went off to school early, thanks to my wonderful neighbor. I was taking my youngest to preschool. I spent a few extra minutes snuggling her. It was divine. Finally, we got in the car to begin our day. She is going to preschool […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Foster Care Affects on Kids Already in Your Home, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 28, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Love ’em and Let ’em Go

I’ve always been open to adoption. But there are two things I said I would never do: 1.) Adopt a child here in the States. 2.) Be a foster parent. Don’t worry, I have nothing against American children. My hesitancy was never about the kids. It’s about their circumstances. You see, I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s hearing way too many horror stories of people who had adopted children in the U.S. only to have the biological parents knock on their door or serve them court papers six months or two years or five years down the road, demanding them […]

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Adoption, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 21, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Top 10 Characteristics of Successful Foster & Adoptive Families

As a supervisor for a program that licenses foster and adoptive families for children in state custody, I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful and caring families who desire to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. One part of the responsibilities that my staff and I carry is the assessment of prospective foster families. There are many tools and resources that we use to help us with this task, as well as one-on-one and group interaction with individuals. During our assessment process, we often look for several characteristics that lean towards the success […]

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Advocacy, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Ways to ServeOct. 26, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: WE are the Church

Not long ago, I was ignorant. I believed that we were all called to adopt. Or foster. It was a command. And I like to follow rules. Okay. That’s a lie. I’m more of a rule bender, but I do like to enforce rules. I’m bossy. I know. But I just wanted others to open others’ eyes to the needs of thousands of orphans and broken families. Then I stepped out in obedience and realized I was wrong. Very wrong. If we ALL signed up to adopt a child or foster a baby, we’d ALL be exhausted and walking this […]

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Encouragement, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster ParentingSep. 4, 2015

Forgotten Friday: You, friend, are not alone.

I have a dear friend. Her heart is incredible and she is walking a journey of listening, discerning, obedience and heart change. I received an email from her last week that sounded so desperate and so exhausted and I thought some other mamas may need to hear this truth in my reply to her… Sweet (insert your name),  I am now home-reading your email again and responding.  I almost dialed your number but for some reason I feel led to type out my words of encouragement and affirmation right now. Maybe so you can read them again and again (I don’t […]

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Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Encouragement, Family Support, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysAug. 31, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: The Inevitable Hurt In Foster Care And Why It’s Worth It

Conversation with someone I had just been introduced to, after it was mentioned that we are foster parents to two little ones: Her: Are you able to adopt them? Me: Well, we are dual licensed as foster-to-adopt, so we can if it goes that way. Her: Do you know yet if you will be able to? Me: No, it’s still too early in their case to tell. Her: So you must really be keeping your hearts in check. Me: No we fell head over heels long ago. We love these kids like crazy. I don’t really understand the common misconception […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysAug. 22, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Life an Ever Flowing Spring

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, Giving you water when you are dry And restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, Like an ever flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes. Isaiah 58:10-12. This is part of the chapter I read daily in 2013. I want these verses […]

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