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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 12, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Love Heals All

I hold on tight as I embrace the hug from my foster daughter. Her legs awkwardly fumble to get comfortable as she wraps them around me as if she were a mere toddler. Her small frame can be felt as I squeeze her tight and remind her just how much I love her. My heart hurts when I realize these hugs will not last forever, but I remind myself that with each warm embrace I am teaching her she deserves to be loved. That alone is worth it. I wipe the tears away from my 2-year-old’s eyes as she falls […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysFeb. 5, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Why You Should Never Give Up on Foster Care

I get it! Let me just say that clearly before we go too much further. I completely understand why people want to walk away from foster care altogether. If you’re not dealing with difficult case managers, a court system that says one thing but does another, birth parents who continually bail on visitations, you’re dealing with children who are pushing you to your absolute limit! We’ve been there. We have the scars to prove it. So, I get it. In 2008, just four years after we began taking placements, we had both had enough. One of our placements was diagnosed […]

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Children in Foster Care, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 29, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Attachment Disorder: What Do You Do When a Child Attaches Too Quickly?

We often talk about attachment disorder from the perspective of the long awaited real hug, or genuine “I love you.” But what do you do when your child attaches too quickly? February in the Midwest is guaranteed to be bitter cold and filled with snow…well at least until this year. For the last three weeks we have had temperatures in the 70s and sunshine almost every day. Consequently, the grass is turning green and bulbs which should be dormant for another month are pushing through the soft earth and blooming just a bit too early. I have enjoyed these last […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 22, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Your Foster or Adopted Child Needs Space to Heal

Summertime with a son is so much different from when we didn’t have any kids. When it was just Danielle and I, summer wasn’t much different than any other time of the year. That is all different now that we have a six-year-old son. Danielle’s main summer job is thinking of ways to keep a very active boy busy. So we spend days at the swimming pool with friends, going out-of-state on a plane for the first time, vacation Bible schools, sports camps, visits to family and friends in other towns. Did I leave anything out? We easily could have […]

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Advocacy, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 15, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Just Mercy.

Through foster care, I have come to mother children of all ages and races. And it’s opening my mind, my heart, my eyes to realities I never knew. It’s shattering my rose-colored glasses. And I’m left searching for a new lens to view and know this world. One that sees past my own privilege. I’m grateful for authors like Bryan Stevenson who share and teach me through books like Just Mercy. He gives a powerful glimpse into the racial bias of America’s justice system. And an inspiring reflection that pulls the reader from devastation to hope. I find myself coming […]

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Adoption, Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 8, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | Why Foster Care Matters

I haven’t written much about our foster journey lately. Partly because there isn’t much new to report with S’s case, and partly because we just want to forget that S isn’t our biological child and move on with our lives as a family of five. However, we all know that this is not how the real world works. After a fantastic vacation to Disney where not one person asked us if S was our biological child (bliss!) we were right back to reality with doctor appointments and case worker visits. Even though we are working towards adoption with S, my […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysJan. 1, 2018

Make a Difference Monday | On the Occasion of Our Second Famiversary

Kiddo, Hey! It’s been the two of us for two years! (And you’re in second grade…how about that!) What a difference two years make. You’ve not only grown taller and stronger, you’ve grown as an honorable young man as well. We’ve had some really big moments this year. Like whoa big moments. But one of the coolest things is that you were adopted into God’s family before you were o-fish-ally adopted into the Morgan family. We’re double family! I’m your mom, and I’m your sister in Christ, and that’s an amazing thing to be able to say. Adoption means forever. […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 25, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | The Gift I Gave Jesus, And What He Gave Me in Return

It’s been one year today. For three months I had been moping around, grieving the death of a dream to adopt from Haiti. Nathan had been trying in his own gentle ways to point me toward foster care and domestic adoption. But I was resistant. I didn’t think I could open my home and my heart to that kind of potential heartache. All the unknowns. All the problems. All the complications. All about me. But as last November crept up on December, God began to knock. And when I cracked open the door, He blew right in. Nathan had requested […]

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Foster Parenting, Make a Difference Mondays, Ways to ServeDec. 18, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | Learning to Love

It was the perfect plan. Baby J came in July for respite foster care and left 3 weeks later in August. We couldn’t start a long-term placement in the summer because of travel plans, so God very temporarily brought us a 6-month-old baby boy. My boys ached for another baby in the house. They would help me take care of the baby while I studied for my life insurance exam. I also registered the boys for VBS and music camps the first week of August, hoping to have the perfect opportunity to study while Baby J would take long naps. […]

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Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysDec. 11, 2017

Make a Difference Monday | 5 True Confessions from the Adoption Journey

Smack dab in the title of this blog is the word Confession. So, obviously we’re true to that by sharing honest and raw stories from this journey. But, we’ve also discovered a few other realities that I must confess here and now: I couldn’t have scripted this any better. As I stand and peer back over the last 18 years (Kristin and I will celebrate 18 years of marriage in 2 months), I’m amazed by our journey. No, scratch that…I’m BEYOND amazed. I’m overwhelmed. Is there another word for overwhelmed that’s more powerful? If so, send it to me, or […]

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